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: Admit it, sharing teachers is bad for the child

Do primary school pupils benefit when two teachers ‘job share’ their class? Traditionally, a class is assigned to just one teacher for the year and will be taught most lessons by that teacher. Job sharing means that two or three days into each week the teachers switch or two teachers may alternate from day to […]

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Chris McGovern: Marxism plus crass stupidity equals Adonis

The demands on state schooling and the cost of it will increase significantly if Lord Adonis gets his way. Education’s eminence grise has come up with the crackpot idea of placing a levy of 25 per cent on private-school fees to fund failings and deficiencies in the maintained sector. The money raised would go towards […]

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Chris McGovern: The wasted years when phonics was a four-letter word

Reading standards in English primary schools appear to be improving. The five-yearly Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016 places our nine- to ten-year-olds in joint eighth position amongst 50 countries. This is up from tenth in 2011 and 15th in 2006. At this rate of progress we could soon be back to where we […]

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Chris McGovern: New Ofsted chief gets it right – Reception teachers must do better

Here is some educational heresy about schooling. The GCSE and A-level years are the least important years. Primary school is more important than secondary school. Year 2 is more important than Year 3 but not as important as Year 1. Reception is more important than any of the above but not as important as the […]

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Chris McGovern: For a balanced education, there’s no place like home

It seems that more UK children are being home-educated as dissatisfaction with the state school system grows. In the absence of any registration process it is not possible to be precise about the numbers. Ofsted recently acknowledged that a figure of around 30,000 reported in 2015 was a significant under-estimate. It was based on a […]

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Chris McGovern: Maths problem solved? No, Mr Hammond

In educational terms, the Chancellor has had a eureka moment! He has worked out that the economy would benefit from more school-leavers being able to add up, take away and do a few more sums. ‘More maths for everyone,’ he chuckled in his Budget speech as he joked that he knows how to ‘show the […]

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