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In June Michael Gove announced that GCSEs would be scrapped in favour of a return to O-Level style exams. The Daily Mail reported: Proposals to axe GCSEs and return to an O-level style exams will ensure an education system that compares with most rigorous in the world, Michael Gove told MPs. …The proposals could see […]

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In July 2010, the government cancelled the Building Schools for the Future programme, as part of £1 billion of cuts from schools. The Guardian reported: The coalition government took its axe to a further £1.5bn in spending commitments, cutting £1bn from the schools budget and millions from the business department, communities and local government and […]

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In January, it was revealed Ofsted would carry out unannounced school inspections. The Daily Mail reported: Schools are facing no-notice spot checks from Ofsted in a move which will effectively prevent teachers from ‘hiding’ unruly pupils from inspectors. Inspectors will start making unannounced visits later this year in a bid to get a true picture […]

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David Cameron insisted to the House of Commons in February 2011 that spending for Sure Start spending was increasing: “We have maintained the money for sure start. We have maintained the money for children’s centres… The budget is going up.” However, Sure Start sectors funding was deeply threatened by the Coalition and Sure Start centres […]

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Days before Christmas 2010, without prior consultation, the Department for Education announced it was cutting all funding to the book-gifting scheme Bookstart. A spokesman for Michael Gove said: “We believe that homes should be places that inspire a love of books and reading… [Yet] in these difficult economic times, ministers have to take tough decisions […]

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One of the Coalition’s earliest and most bitter fights was over scrapping the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), a means-tested grant given to sixth form students to enable them to pursue further education. Defending the axing of EMA, David Cameron told the House of Commons’ Liaison Committee on 18 November 2010: “There is a quite well-thought […]

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In January 2010, David Cameron told a Cameron Direct audience: “We’ve looked at Educational Maintenance Allowances and we haven’t announced any plan to get rid of them. “They do often if you go to schools and ask people what they think of them and ask young people themselves, they get quite a mixed reception actually […]

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