Toby Young’s Meritocracy

Toby Young has just been appointed to the board of the Office for Students –  a new regulator with a remit “to champion the interests of students, promote choice and help to ensure that students are receiving a good deal for their investment in higher education”

This is the same Toby Young who championed the flagship Tory ‘free schools’ programme, which literally funnelled money from state schools into increasingly exclusive education.

But let’s put that aside, and see whether he’s a worthwhile advocate for “the interests of students”… in his own words.

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Are Exams Too Easy?

My son has just completed his GCSEs, so I was paying a bit more attention this year to all the hue and cry about exam results – but I’ve not been immune to the fact that, for as long as I can recall, we’ve been saying that exams are getting easier.

The other way of looking at is that our children are getting brighter. This would be nice.

In fact, I don’t think either of those is the case…

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