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School competition works in exactly the same manner as other forms of competition that is. It’s something that happens at the margin, that margin then dragging up the performance of others:

There is no evidence that academies perform better than council-maintained schools.

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This month we’ll be welcoming historian and television presenter Dr. David Starkey. The British Tudors expert will be giving a brief talk on the new political correctness and whether or not things have gone too far – it’s sure to be an exciting one.

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Migration and development

• Migration is among the most fiercely debated areas of policy, and the human cost of the status quo is vast.