TV psychologist to advise Labour
Television psychologist Tanya Byron is to advise Labour on its review of schools policy.
Professor Byron, who conducted an inquiry into the impact of the internet and video games on children for the last Labour government, will be part of a review group to be chaired by shadow education secretary Andy Burnham.
It also features Rod Bristow, president of educational publisher Pearson UK, former London schools commissioner Sir Tim Brighouse, teachers and parents.
The review is one of several that Labour leader Ed Miliband announced last month.
Speaking at headteachers' union ASCL's annual conference, Mr Burnham said schools had been "transformed" by the last government, but admitted Labour "didn't get everything right".
"I want this review to explore how we can build on this progress by considering where we went wrong, where there is further to go, and where a changing world requires new approaches," he said.
"In recent years, results for the poorest children improved faster than the rest but the challenge remains to eliminate educational inequality.
"And as our economy changes, we need to make sure we are equipping children with the knowledge and skills they need to get on in the modern world.
"There are difficult questions to explore, such as how we get the balance right between academic and vocational study, national clarity and local autonomy, and competition and collaboration.
"My fundamental test for any education policy is if it will help all children to be the best they can be and help all schools to be good schools."