Adopted position paper 2017-18

Following some intense democratic debate, Open Labour has adopted a position paper for 2017-18. The paper outlines our basic strategic and policy positions on the big issues  in the country and the labour movement, which we have adopted in the hope of persuading Labour Party to follow. It also roughly outlines a set of priorities for our … Continued

Secondary schools between a rock and a hard place: a Labour response

Anonymous submission I am chair of governors at a secondary school in a deprived town in Northern England.  We remain, like many schools in our region, a maintained school out of the clutches of the academy system, at least for now. As such, I found the speech on Friday by the new Ofsted Inspector Amanda … Continued

‘What Works’ vs Ideology: a False Dichotomy

By Dr Matt Donoghue / @drdonoghue To my mind, one of New Labour’s masterstrokes was to ostensibly drop a commitment to ideology in favour of embracing ‘what works’. This has been discussed to death in the academic literature, and has been a constant talking point in certain corners of the media. A recent example of … Continued