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Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern
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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.

Chris McGovern: The new national curriculum is no cause for celebration. The classroom lottery persists

It is back to school this week and the introduction of a yet another new national curriculum in England. It will apply to all...

Chris McGovern: GCSE’s latest absurdity. The brighter the pupil, the lower the grade

Teachers expect brighter pupils, on the whole, to perform better in public examinations than less bright pupils. It is fairly fundamental to the credibility...

Chris McGovern: Essential tips for parents. Phonics are best for teaching reading

The start of a new school term is just around the corner. Spare a thought for those mums and dads whose child is about...

Chris McGovern: Gove did his best but he failed. GCSEs have no credibility

What are we to make of the current crop of GCSE results? At the higher grades (A* to C), passes in mathematics were up...

Chris McGovern: Let’s stop kidding ourselves. A-levels came off the global gold standard long ago

There has been much celebration of the latest A-Level results. Given that candidates can only sit the examinations placed in front of them,  I...

Chris McGovern: Most of our sixth-formers are not suited to university. We should scrap Blair’s batty target now

More youngsters than ever are expected to commence university courses this autumn. Universities are now permitted to recruit as many sixth-formers with ABB grades...

Chris McGovern: Boost school quality. Then parents won’t bunk off with their kids

Fining parents in England for taking their children out of school during term time for a family holiday is much in the news. According...

Chris McGovern: More rot in The Independent. Children benefit from seeing great works of art

“What are we going to do, tomorrow?” is the question posed to many parents by their children during the school holidays. One thing they...

Chris McGovern: Ofsted’s new chairman Hoare will be put to flight by the Blob

Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, is “delighted” with the appointment of David Hoare as the new chairman of Ofsted.  “He is”, she tells us, “passionate...

Chris McGovern: Lenin’s useful idiots are now running our schools. Trojan Horse is their legacy

"I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing...

Chris McGovern: The Blob has gobbled up Gove. Will Ofsted chief Wilshaw be next?

I am beginning to feel sorry for Ofsted chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw. The departure of Michael Gove, as education secretary, has left him somewhat...

Chris McGovern: Blob 1 – Cameron 0. Dave’s sacking of Gove was abject surrender to the dinosaur Left

The entrance hall to the Education Department displays photos of former secretaries of state. Michael Gove has now been added to that parade. His...

Chris McGovern: The empire strikes back. The dead hand of the town hall seeks to reclaim control over academies

Sir Michael Wishaw, the Chief Inspector, has been having a bash at local authorities for "actively colluding with those who have an interest in...

Chris McGovern: Free schools maybe, but not free of bureaucracy

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has promised a new wave of free schools if the Conservatives win next year’s general election. Currently, there are 174...

Chris McGovern: Gove plays into the hands of the Left by sustaining the GCSE monopoly

‘Freedom’ is, generally, seen as a rather important foundation stone in our liberal democracy. It underpins most other values that we hold precious. How...

Chris McGovern: Favouritism for badly educated state pupils is no answer to the private sector’s Oxbridge dominance

Only 50 pupils on free school meals made it into Oxford or Cambridge according to the most up-to-date statistics covering admissions for 2011. This comes...

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