Conor's Commentary

Blog URL:http://conorfryan.blogspot.com
Blog Tags:UK politics, Irish politics, Education, Film, Theatre, Travel
Country:United Kingdom

A blog about politics, education, Ireland, culture and travel. I am Conor Ryan, Dublin-born writer and consultant, former adviser to Tony Blair and David Blunkett on education, now based in Bath in the South West of England.



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on Oct 13, 2016

I've blogged about teachers' perceptions of Oxbridge at the Sutton Trust today.What are we to make of the idea that some four in ten teachers rarely or never advise bright students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge? This finding in an NFER poll for th...

I've blogged at the Sutton Trust website on the grammar schools debateIt was just three months before Tony Blair’s historic victory in 1997. Ben Chapman was fighting as the Labour candidate in the Wirral South by-election. And David Blunkett, the s...

I've blogged at the Sutton Trust website about new research on EBacc progress today.Next month, hundreds of thousands of young people will learn their GCSE results. Their schools will be judged for the first time not on the proportion gaining five go...

I've posted my reflections on what needs to happen for Europeans living in Britain on my Facebook page.It is now more than a week since I heard the referendum result whilst in the beautiful Cork town of Kinsale. My anger and disbelief clearly made me...

I blogged at the Sutton Trust on the implications of Brexit for education and social mobility.It is not as simple as saying – as many do – that we are heading out of the European Union thanks to the disaffected poor who felt their needs were over...

I blogged for the Sutton Trust on access in Scotland, linked to a new Trust report that attracted a lot of Scottish interest last week.Nicola Sturgeon has placed education at the top of the government’s agenda. By making her deputy John Swinne...

Today's exchanges at Prime Minister's Questions on academies were undoubtedly a victory for a Labour leader who has too often struggled at the weekly Commons joust. But they did little to enlighten those who watched them on the strengths and weakness...