Review of the Year 2010

Mike Baker – 2010 was the year the spending axe fell and the students took to the streets. For some it was their "annus horribilis". For others, it was an overdue correction to centralised control and unaffordable spending. It was an extraordinary year that started quietly, but ended with violent protest and the hasty dismantling of familiar parts of the education landscape.

Along the way there was also a bonfire of quangos, a test boycott, the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowances, a new Education Secretary, and even a coalition government.

Indeed, 2010 had more twists and turns than “Strictly Come Dancing”.

In my many years reporting on education only two other years have matched this intensity of change: 1988, when Margaret Thatcher turned her radical zeal towards schools, and 1997, when Tony Blair began his “education, education, education” blitz.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year to all readers of this blog – thanks for visiting over the past year and I hope you’ll continue to find these pages useful in 2011.

If, like me, you’re now needing a break from over-eating, over-shopping, and too much TV – and if you’re getting frustrated with the Christmas jigsaw/instruction manual/your football team losing again – then why not sit back and revisit the highs and lows of “education 2010″ in my BBC Review of the Year at:

As space was limited, there are plenty more notable events I’d like to have covered. What would you have included? And what about hopes/fears/predictions for 2011?

Send me your thoughts and – if there are enough suggestions – I’ll add them on these pages. 

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December 26th, 2010

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