10 years of Blairite education - the verdict
Schools under Labour have been turned into "factories" that churn out exam results but fail to educate children properly, according to a leading Government adviser.
In a damning indictment of Tony Blair's school reforms, Alan Smithers, the professor of education at Buckingham University, says the Government has "done quite a lot of harm" to children by subjecting them to repeated tests.
Addressing a conference today, he will say that the Prime Minister has produced a generation of children regarded as the most unhappy in the western world....
Prof Smithers, an expert on school standards, says there is mounting evidence that children's self-esteem and long-term development is being undermined by the target-driven culture in state schools. This move is driving rising numbers to educate children in the private sector.
Oh Happy Anniversary Mr Blair! I hope just somehow behind that smug insincere grin we will see today as you celebrate 10 years in Downing Street there is a worm of doubt biting into your soul as you contemplate the damage and hurt you have done to the children.