Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, insisted that Mr Heaton-Harris had been pursuing an “academic inquiry” that may “lead to a book on these questions”. However, Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman, said that because a book is “a private … Continue reading Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

Tory MP very angry his daughter received a pro-EU leaflet from her engineering lecturer

Angry that his daughter’s lecturer took a moment to hand her a leaflet about a protest regarding the EU, Tory MP Paul Scully took to twitter to complain that she pays £9,000 a year to learn engineering, not politics. Source: … Continue reading Tory MP very angry his daughter received a pro-EU leaflet from her engineering lecturer

“It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

Dear students, As some of you may be aware from recent media reports, a member of Parliament, Chris Heaton-Harris, has written to every vice chancellor in England, asking for the names of academic colleagues who are engaged in teaching ‘European … Continue reading “It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Downing Street issued a rebuke to the MP Chris Heaton-Harris on Tuesday, telling reporters he had not been acting in his capacity as a government whip when he wrote the letter to university leaders asking for details of professors lecturing … Continue reading No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

Prof David Green, vice-chancellor of Worcester University, felt a chill down his spine when he read the “sinister” request: “This letter just asking for information appears so innocent but is really so, so dangerous,” he says. “Here is the first … Continue reading Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed but the government have pledged another 500

At least 62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed, at a cost of £138.5m. But undaunted, the government has pledged another 500 free schools by 2020. Some succeed, but consider the sheer extravagance of opening schools in the midst of austerity, whether … Continue reading 62 free schools, UTCs and studio schools have failed but the government have pledged another 500

Leading Tory donor: “Put more money into schools … and turn around failing schools”

Harris’s comments about school funding came at a time of growing pressure on budgets, which have remained frozen while costs have gone up. Schools are now bracing themselves for increased pay rises for teachers without additional funds to pay for them. “They … Continue reading Leading Tory donor: “Put more money into schools … and turn around failing schools”

Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Over 27,000 newly qualified teachers since 2011 have already left the profession. Recent analysis shows that UK teachers are working longer hours than those in other countries and the pay cap has meant a real terms pay cut over the … Continue reading Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession