How to solve the ‘teacher recruitment crisis’

How to solve the ‘teacher recruitment crisis’

This week, half a million families discovered the secondary school place their child has secured for next year. Ensuring each of those children get a great education, no matter their background, relies day in and day out on the efforts of around 450,000 teachers...
Policies for change – the role of the courts

Policies for change – the role of the courts

Former First Parliamentary Counsel Sir Stephen Laws describes how judicial review of policy has a chilling effect on political decision making, diminishing democratic accountability. He says that judicial functions instead need to leave room for political...
Who should decide who decides the public interest?

Who should decide who decides the public interest?

In this post Rebecca Elvin reflects on the separation of powers in the UK constitution and argues that politicians, rather than judges, are best placed to determine the public interest. She draws on a recent exchange between  Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP and...
Fair school admissions: are lotteries the answer?

Fair school admissions: are lotteries the answer?

Thanks for inviting me tonight. It’s always cheery to realise that you’re too old to be a Young anything, but as I am now over the age of 31 I realise this is one of at least two reasons why I will never be a Young Fabian… I want to make three points tonight about the...