Digging around in the undergrowth of schools reform in England
Warwick Mansell's news and analysis site
Education Uncovered is a new website offering exclusive news stories, irreverent and analytical blogging, first-person reportage, long read features and opinion and more.
We aim to put under the microscope the endless waves of reform which have hit England’s schools in recent years. We will seek to hold policymakers and those with power to account for goings-on at ground level, as we dig around in the undergrowth of schools reform.
A focus will be the impact of structural changes which have seen the control of thousands of state-funded schools altered dramatically. We will also be looking at other aspects of education reform, and at the policy process more generally.
We will offer reporting strands not being presented anywhere else in the media, from first-person video journalism investigating free school projects to detailed tales of how education reform can fail individuals looking for accountability when things go wrong. We expect other media to follow up on the strongest of our stories.
We are especially keen to engage with one potential strand of reporting which is not covered in any systematic way by national education media: the way education reform impacts on parents, teachers and communities, and the campaigns which spring up against it.
Watch this space, too, for what we hope will be other innovative approaches to reporting.
We are independent, so we will be dependent entirely on subscriptions from readers.
We hope the site will be of interest and use to all those wanting to find out more about the ground- level effects of education reform: parents, teachers, policy analysts and students. It is largely the work of Warwick Mansell, an education journalist for the past 20 years working on local and national publications.
The site offers one article a month for free, with further articles offered on a subscription basis. We will be updating frequently within term-term, and taking breaks during school holidays. On occasion, an article may be offered in front of the paywall, but basically this is a subscription site.
Please register for free to start reading. And if you value independent, probing public interest journalism and want to see it continuing, please do subscribe.