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LibLink: Julian Astle – The report every school reformer should read

Over on his blog at The Telegraph, former director of the Centre Forum think tank, Julian Astle, highlights a report by researchers at the London School of Economics looking into the effect of academies. The findings are good news for supporters of greater autonomy for schools, and one of the (perhaps surprising) conclusions of the analysis is that academies don’t just raise standards for the pupils that attend them, but also for surrounding schools, even as they lose pupils to the new academies.

Here’s what the report has to say on that last point, followed by a brief conclusion from Julian:

“In

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Voting experts unanimously reject first past the post

The London School of Economics reports:

22 voting theory specialists voted to select the “best voting procedure” to elect one out of three or more candidates.

Each voter chose from a list of 18 nominated voting procedures as many as she/he approved of. From a possible maximum of 22 votes, First Past The Post (FPTP)­ –­ also known as Plurality Voting – received no votes. Approval Voting won the contest with 15 votes. The Alternative Vote (AV) took second place with 10 votes.

Meanwhile the Yes To Fairer Votes campaign has released a new campaign video:

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John Stuart Mill symposium – Saturday 14 November, LSE, London

One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859, the great Liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill published his most important and enduring work, On Liberty. Used today as the symbol of office of the President of the Liberal Democrats, On Liberty emphatically vindicated individual moral autonomy and celebrated the importance of originality and dissent. It set out the principle, still acknowledged as universal and valid today, that only the threat of harm to others can justify interfering with an individual’s liberty of action.

Mill himself was not only a philosopher, but also an economist, journalist, political writer, social reformer, and, briefly, …

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  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 24th Jul - 11:46pm
    I don't think that there is any merit in reinterpreting the past. That is not where a solution is to be found. Neither is picking...
  • User AvatarTim13 24th Jul - 11:39pm
    Thanks to Rachael Clarke (above) for sending me the report. It is truly awful. It has to be the worst report I have ever read...
  • User AvatarAndi Ali 24th Jul - 11:33pm
    It's worth noting that while most European countries, and America, all argued that Jews should have their own homeland, not were prepared to give up...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 24th Jul - 11:19pm
    Dav Is that not the general consensus? No. Chris in reply to you has it correct. The "general consensus" you write of here is the...
  • User AvatarRichard Norris 24th Jul - 10:47pm
    Possibly the suspension or the threat of the permanent withdrawal of all military and financial aid to the Israeli government by the United States would...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 24th Jul - 10:40pm
    Lee_Thacker 24th Jul '14 - 9:20pm ... "can you give examples of where Liberal Democrat conferences have passed motions supporting right-wing economic policies?" Tut tut...