Conor's Commentary

Blog URL:http://conorfryan.blogspot.com
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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.



Latest Blog Posts



Under review

on Feb 20, 2018

I have blogged on the PM's post-18 education review for the Sutton Trust and Public Finance.It was 16 months before the 1997 election and Conservative education secretary Gillian Shephard had a problem. It was a time of austerity. University intakes...

Ministerial mobility

on Jan 10, 2018

I blogged at the Sutton Trust on what the reshuffle means for education and social mobility.Reshuffles are a funny – and brutal – business. For Prime Ministers, they rarely go according to plan, and this week’s was no exception. I’ve been in...

I've blogged at the Sutton Trust on the aftermath of Alan Milburn's weekend resignation as Social Mobility tsarAnyone who thought Alan Milburn would go quietly underestimated the doughty champion of social mobility who first gained the ‘tsar’ rol...

I've written this piece for FE Week on a new Sutton Trust apprenticeships report.The government says it wants to see three million more apprenticeships by 2020. Promises of improved quality, and the push on large employers through the levy, are meant...

I blogged at the Sutton Trust website and HuffPo on problems with the government's free childcare plansIt is nearly twenty years since a long-cherished goal of early years campaigners was delivered by the Blair government: the right to free nurs...

This piece appeared in the TES print edition on 14 July 2017.Nearly 20 years ago, as then education secretary David Blunkett’s special adviser, I helped to introduce a programme for gifted and talented pupils in urban secondaries. The initiative fo...

Evidence of intent

on Jun 6, 2017 in: Labour

My latest Sutton Trust blog on the evidence behind the parties’ election proposals for educationWhile much of the policy noise of the election campaign has focused on social care and the winter heating allowance, there is quite a lot of educational...