The Centre for Market Reform in Education writes up latest IEA research
After Nick Clegg categorically blocked it last year, Michael Gove’s recent declaration that he was open minded on the question provoked knee-jerk reactions from both Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg and Former Education Secretary (and champion of ‘evidence-based policy’) Estelle Morris. In language reminiscent of the TES debates of the 1920s and 30s, and apparently ignorant of the long-term, low-yield nature of investment in schools, Stephen Twigg declared allowing for-profit providers into the sector would attract sharp operators wanting to make a ‘quick buck’ at children’s expense. Estelle Morris, meanwhile, argued that allowing the private sector to run schools for profit would undermine the ‘moral purpose’ of education, implying that business people cannot be morally purposed.
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