Articles and Columns
You can see a selection of Mike's articles here.
The government wants many more schools to become academies - but what do the much-talked about "freedoms" really amount to?
05 Jun 2010 BBC News Online
Politicians often misrepresent where the education money goes - here's analysis of the official statistics.
15 May 2010 BBC News Online
We constantly hear politicians bemoaning how many children leave primary school unable to read and write but how true are their claims?
24 Apr 2010 BBC News Online
Government policy has badly let down 'gifted and talented' pupils as one initiative after another is abandoned.
17 Mar 2010 The Guardian
Are universities crying wolf over government funding cuts?
07 Feb 2010 BBC News Online
Official statistics give an insight into the achievements of Labour's stewardship of education.
16 Dec 2009 BBC News Online
The fees review should go back to first principles
20 Nov 2009 The Guardian
Should universities take account of applicants' school and home backgrounds when deciding admissions?
10 Nov 2009 BBC News Online
What's happened to the long-awaited 'new framework' for higher education and the fees review?
24 Oct 2009 BBC News Online
We should not forget older learners - it's time to adjust our priorities.
20 Oct 2009 The Guardian 22nd September
There's a lot more to the Cambridge Review than just raising the starting age for the formal primary curriculum -- which dominated most media coverage.
18 Oct 2009 BBC News Online
Why are we still shackled by the past when it comes to primary school reform?
30 Sep 2009 The Guardian
As the new Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency takes over from the QCA - and as David Cameron proposes a bonfire of the quangos - who should decide what schools teach?
31 Jul 2009 The Guardian
Look closely at the judgements on the first test cases and some clear criteria for charitable status emerge.
31 Jul 2009 BBC News Online
More comments arising from the BBC News website article on the new Masters in Teaching and Learning
01 Jul 2009
Soon all new teachers will be expected to gain a Masters degree within five years of qualifying - is it a good idea?
28 Jun 2009 BBC News Online
Here's a selection of the responses I received to the article which you can see in full here or on the BBC News website.
28 Jun 2009 BBC News
After Ed Balls' promise on protecting school spending (or was it just an aspiration?), how does the future look for education as public spending faces a squeeze?
17 Jun 2009 BBC News Online
As the dust settles on the Cabinet reshuffle what does the abolition of DIUS mean for universities and colleges?
17 Jun 2009 Guardian Education
Do universities care about personal statements? How do they decide between applicants?
05 Jun 2009 The Guardian