Emma Slaughter

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Cameron’s prison reforms place a needed focus on rehabilitation

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced proposals for a dramatic “overhaul” of Britain’s penal system, starting with six “reform prisons”, in what he deemed the “biggest shake-up of prisons since the Victorian era”. Many of us will no doubt be greatly skeptical of any speech which claims “Michael Gove is just the man for…

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Are British schoolchildren the “most excessively tested in Europe”?

Earlier this month, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, our very own Dolores Umbridge, announced that seven-year-olds should be rigorously tested to ensure they are mastering the basics before leaving primary school. The proposal has caused much controversy, with critics claiming this would only increase the pressure on already over-worked teachers and pupils. Kevin Courtney, the deputy…