One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.
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Chris McGovern: BBC should realise boys are the losers in the gender war

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? is the BBC’s latest contribution to ‘identity theft’. BBC-2 aired the first of two programmes on Wednesday evening. Its basic premise was that boys dominate girls from an early age because of gender stereotyping and that girls suffer as a result. The primary school […]


Chris McGovern: Our exams’ watchdog is a toothless beast

Sally Collier, chief regulator of the examinations’ watchdog, Ofqual, has told The Sunday Times “All our kids are brilliant.” To make certain that this brilliance is recognised, she has ordered exam boards to lower the grade thresholds this year to ensure parity with last year’s pass rate of 98.1 per cent. Collier has made her […]


Chris McGovern: Global test results give the lie to SNP boasts of school excellence

Public exam results in Scotland – Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers – have just been published. The SNP government has been quick to claim credit for what it sees as a triumphant vindication of how it runs education north of the border. The pass rate, broadly in line with last year, remains at an historic […]


Chris McGovern: Two cheers for the end of exam coursework

A-Level and GCSE results are due on August 17th and 24th respectively. The first tranche of linear A-Levels, including English, History, Chemistry and Physics, has been sat. The reformed exam does away with modules as part of the final A-Level grade.  Assessment will be at the end of the two-year course – a final exam. […]


Chris McGovern: Unqualified teachers are free from the Blob’s contamination

The Labour Party has just reported that 5 per cent of state school teachers (24,000), mostly in free schools and academies, do not have qualified teacher status. Between 2012 and 2016 the number rose from 14,800 to 24,000. According to Labour, this means that unqualified teachers teach around 600,000 pupils. It is shock horror all […]


Chris McGovern: Dunkirk movie will come as a shock to many youngsters

Times columnist, David Aaronovitch, is suffering from “shock”. He has told readers that, after watching the new cinema blockbuster, Dunkirk, he discovered that neither of his two older daughters, “both graduates and historically literate knew what Dunkirk was.” He should be shocked. A nation that allows its history to be forgotten or erased ceases to […]