Articles and Columns
You can see a selection of Mike's articles here.
Gove's A-level reforms may be heading in the right direction but need to be treated with care.
18 Apr 2012 The Guardian
In her guest blog, Wendy Jones - trustee of National Numeracy - argues that the improvements seen in literacy levels can be extended to numeracy - but only with a concerted effort.
13 Mar 2012 www.mikebakereducation.co.uk
My old friend Peter Polozhevets, who edits the equivalent of the TES in Russia, joined me and a group of Moscow teachers on a visit to Slough & Eton Business and Enterprise College. His impression of English education is fascinating.
06 Feb 2012 The Teachers' Newspaper (Russia)
The Director of the National Education Trust, ROY BLATCHFORD, peers into the future and predicts a time when every pupil in England has their own iPad and follows a stripped-down 'app curriculum'.
03 Jan 2012 Exclusive to www.mikebakereducation.co.uk
Careers adviser, Andy Gardner, has doubts about the viability of the UCAS proposals for a system of Post-Qualifications Admissions in higher education.
10 Nov 2011 mikebakereducation.co.uk
As the new term begins, the Director of the National Education Trust,Roy Blatchford, challenges schools to make reading their top priority for the school year 2011-12.
05 Sep 2011 Exclusive to mikebakereducation.co.uk
This guest article about the effect of scrapping BSF on education in one area is by Elaine Winter on behalf of Support Our Schools Newark Campaign. (The views are the authors own)
15 Jul 2011 http://www.mikebakereducation.co.uk/
In this guest article, the influential Director of the National Education Trust and former HMI, Roy Blatchford, argues that Ofsted is missing a trick by failing to reform the grading system for school inspections.
07 Jun 2011 Exclusive to 'Mike Baker Education'
After meeting David Hore of Rapid English, and being struck by the novelty of his literacy scheme, I invited him to write this short piece to explain it to a wider audience.
26 May 2011 http://www.mikebakereducation.co.uk/
The Villiers Park Scholars Scheme is a ground-breaking response to the knotty problem of improving access to university for students from pooorer homes
04 May 2011 The Guardian
In this guest column, Wendy Heydorn, a 6th form adviser at Sevenoaks School, offers some helpful insights into how to increase your chances of getting in to Oxford and Cambridge.
13 Feb 2011 Guest Column on www.mikebakereducation.co.uk
In this guest column, HMI and Director of the National Education Trust, Roy Blatchford, argues the English Bacc is taking us in the right direction.
19 Jan 2011
The pupil premium will be worth £430 per child next year as funding is phased in slowly. How much difference will it make?
21 Dec 2010 BBC News Online
Student leaders have warned that - if fees rise to £9,000 a year - they will be much more demanding 'consumers', changing university-student relations for ever.
19 Nov 2010 BBC News Online
The government says universities should only charge £9,000 in 'exceptional circumstances' - but will universities toe that line?
19 Nov 2010 BBC News Online
Who is following whom in school reform policy on either side of the Atlantic? President Obama looks to Blair-ite reforms while Cameron mimics charter schools.
25 Sep 2010 The Guardian
As tuition fees rise ever higher, and graduate jobs remain scarce, the value-for-money of US universities is being questioned.
25 Sep 2010 BBC News Online
The coalition government's reform of the academies programme is a return to the grant maintained schools of the late 1980s.
04 Aug 2010 BBC News Online
Is the government's indifference to ICT in schools turning back the clock on the use of computers for learning?
06 Jul 2010 BBC News Online
The decision to allow state schools to teach the IGCSE suggests the national curriculum no longer rules
20 Jun 2010 BBC News Online