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9th August 2013 at 01:00

TES editor Gerard Kelly steps down

Gerard Kelly, editor of TES, is to step down after 22 years with the magazine's parent company, TSL Education. He has been editor of the publication, which in 2012 was named business magazine of the year, for five years and before that was editor of its sister title, Times Higher Education. Commenting on his departure, Louise Rogers, chief executive of TSL Education, said: "Gerard has guided both THE and TES on an amazing journey as we have transitioned the business from the one we first acquired over seven years ago to the international, high-growth company it is today." Mr Kelly said: "Editing TES is without doubt the best job in education journalism. After 100 years, it remains the most pre-eminent title in the sector and I have been enormously privileged to a play a part in its continuing success." Mr Kelly now plans to write a book on education. He will be succeeded by Ann Mroz, former editor of THE and current digital publishing director at TSL Education.

Welsh Conservatives would bring back grammars

The Welsh Conservatives have said that they would revive selective grammar schools if they took power in the Welsh Assembly. The party's shadow education minister, Angela Burns, said students would be split down academic and vocational routes at 14, but there would be no return of the 11-plus exam, which determines entry to grammar schools in England. Wales currently has a comprehensive school system, and the Welsh Labour government has ruled out introducing independent, state-funded free schools and academies, as has happened in England. Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said the current system "constrains" academic achievement, but education minister Huw Lewis said the return of grammars would create a "parental scramble for advantage".

Australia's school funding overhaul falters

Ahead of Australia's general election on 7 September, three states have refused to sign up to the Labor government's controversial package of school funding reforms. The overhaul will result in schools receiving an extra A$14.5 billion (pound;8.4 billion) over the next six years. Victoria agreed to the deal last week after lengthy negotiations; Queensland signalled that it would agree to the same deal but its offer was rejected by the federal government, with education minister Bill Shorten claiming that the state had not agreed to contribute enough of its own funds. Western Australia and the Northern Territory also failed to sign up.

Education secretary is like a `shark in a tornado'

England's education secretary Michael Gove is an "ideologue" who favours "dogma over evidence", according to his opposite number. Writing exclusively for TES, shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg criticised the government's education reforms, including the creation of free schools, the overhaul of qualifications and allowing unqualified teachers into the classroom. "Like a shark in a tornado, nothing is left undamaged," he said. "Profit-making schools? Why not. Not enough primary schools? Make class sizes bigger." Mr Twigg's piece can be read in full on the TES news website (


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