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About Melissa Benn

Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner. Her book School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education is published by Verso.

Articles by Melissa Benn

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Melissa Benn: Is politics and policy too toxic for Dewey?

UK political developments over the last twenty years have seen a growing acceptance of the idea of comprehensive education. But that acceptance of non-selective schools is based on a profound, hostile rejection of progressive ideas.

Who owns your child’s school? The rise and rise of edu-business

Faster than we recognise, schools are becoming profit centres. The buildings, the teaching, the cleaning, the exam results are all ways to make money. But who benefits? Not the poorest, argues Melissa Benn.

The schools our children deserve

Can a child from an inner city academy in a deprived area in Britain fulfil her dream of becoming a lawyer? Not without a radical change in government thinking on education, argues Melissa Benn

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