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.



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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...

I blogged at the Sutton Trust on the dangers of an increasingly complex accountability systemBack in 1995, I helped David Blunkett commit a heretical act – at least in the eyes of the teaching unions. With the help of the late David Frost and a clo...

In my latest Sutton Trust blog, how a dearth of data in Scotland propelled a Sutton Trust report onto the front pages.A funny thing happened with the Sutton Trust's Global Gaps report a couple of weeks ago. John Jerrim’s excellent look at...

I wrote this for the Sutton Trust blog....Education Secretary Justine Greening recalled yesterday how she’s missed out on a banking job because she hadn’t taken a gap year. “I was too embarrassed to admit that I simply couldn’t affo...

Under advisement

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...