We have a new Information Commissioner, and she seems very exciting and hip. She keeps talking about how she wants to expand Freedom of Information laws to any group with a public contract. Which sounds great and everyone is excited.
I … Read More
Four weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, I received a text saying the government had dumped me. After three and a half of years of head-to-head battle with the department for education over some free school documents – including endless … Read More
We are hiring over at Schools Week.
We know exactly the skills we need, we just have to find them. Please share liberally. And remember: the better the person we get, the better Schools Week will become. What greater motivation do … Read More
January 1st 2015: A new year, a new name, a new editor.
That's how last year began and it was terrifying.
After just 13 weeks in journalism I was made editor of weekly newspaper
Schools Week which had already become renowned for breaking smart, … Read More
Another Christmas Eve, another Education Secretary's annual reading list.
But this year there's a problem: Nicky Morgan doesn’t seem to like books.
She almost never mentions them. Her speeches seldom quote books. She rarely singles out ideas from authors. Admittedly, a few days … Read More
I received a phone call last week from a scam artist.
It was obvious from pretty early on that he was going to pretend I had a bunch of computer problems and then either sell me a really expensive download to … Read More
It was 9.05am when I rang the tribunal office to find out if the Department for Education would be appealing the Information Commissioner's decision against them. Again.
I wanted to know if I would find myself in court defending a request … Read More
After three years, two court cases, endless emails, and a new interpretation of the law to try and stop it, the Department for Education have been ordered - yet again - to provide me information about free schools.
The independent commissioner … Read More
Jeremy Corbyn wants to renationalise the trains and make them into 'The People's Railways'.
It's a natty name.
Lucy Powell has said that she would like to bring schools back into local oversight, and some have leapt to the conclusion that this … Read More
Yesterday I got on the Central Line tube at Oxford Circus, one of the busiest parts of London, just minutes after a downpour started.
The carriage was sticky and warm, and quiet. I sat on a mostly empty row of seats. … Read More