Privatising schools

Today’s Guardian carries a report that the Government has commissioned a review from London University professor David Buckingham on the impact of commercialisation of schools. As well as looking at the perennial issue of academies, Buckingham is particularly concerned about the commercial sponsorship of school activities, and concedes that the Government may not like his conclusions.

I’m particularly pleased to see that he is going to examine so-called “edutainment” products – the marketing of alleged intellect-enhancing strategies and even toys for children. In particular, one hopes for a bit of consideration of Brain Gym, for which state schools are paying large amounts of money in spite of a scientific basis which, to put it mildly, has not stood up well to serious scrutiny.

Definitely one to watch. I wonder how far he’ll be allowed to go …

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