Kristina Murkett

The truth about the ‘ban’ on sex education

17 May 2024 3:00 am

Increasingly, it feels like the Tories want to distract from their looming defeat by doing everything they can to keep…

We know smartphones are harming girls – so why don’t we act?

6 May 2024 4:00 pm

This week a report by the Policy Exchange think tank found that children at secondary schools with a full phone ban in…

Britain is being too slow to ban smartphones

11 April 2024 3:38 am

A few years ago, calling for a ban on smartphones for under-16s would have seemed alarmist – a minority viewpoint…

Why shortening the school summer holidays helps no one

27 February 2024 7:28 pm

A new report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has recommended that the six-week school summer holiday should be reduced to four weeks,…

Why banning phones in schools won’t work

20 February 2024 2:06 am

Breaking news: schools have finally been given guidance on stopping kids from using mobile phones during the school day, three years after…

Can we blame universities for cashing in on foreign students?

30 January 2024 1:49 am

As an English teacher and sixth form tutor, I spend a lot of my time at the moment celebrating and…

Parents should share blame for plummeting school attendance

9 January 2024 1:28 am

Is school optional nowadays? Last year, 140,000 children were classed as ‘severely absent’ from the classroom, a rise of 134…

Teenage teachers won’t fix Britain’s classroom troubles

11 December 2023 11:04 am

Teaching in the UK is in trouble. Less than half the number of secondary school teachers required this year, a…

In defence of Ofsted

21 November 2023 4:03 am

When it comes to Ofsted, people often like to trot out the old adage that ‘you don’t grow a pig…

The Tory crackdown addiction

9 November 2023 6:31 pm

If there’s one thing this government is addicted to, it’s crackdowns. Rishi Sunak loves to talk tough on how he…

Rishi Sunak’s exam shake-up doesn’t add up

5 October 2023 3:34 am

After 13 years in power, the Conservatives have decided to rebrand themselves as the ‘party of change’. Today, Rishi Sunak…

Starmer’s private school tax is a terrible, vote-losing idea

27 September 2023 2:50 am

Today Labour have confirmed that they will impose VAT on private schools in its first year of power if it…

The worrying decline of the male teacher

13 September 2023 8:48 pm

Teacher recruitment levels are in crisis, and have been for some time. Only half the number of secondary teachers needed for this…

The Tories’ dreadful handling of the school concrete crisis

2 September 2023 12:00 am

Pupils are due to head back to school over the coming days, but now it seems that some of them…

The politics of exam results

8 August 2023 1:49 am

August always means an anxious wait for results days, but this year pupils will be feeling particularly apprehensive. England’s exams…

Rishi Sunak’s degrees crack down is itself a ‘rip off’

18 July 2023 6:46 pm

Rishi Sunak is a big fan of a ‘crack down’. He has previously vowed to crack down on migration, anti-social behaviour, climate protests,…

Britain’s schools are facing an epidemic of bad behaviour

11 June 2023 8:00 pm

Something troubling is happening in Britain’s schools. This week, the government released its findings from the first national survey into pupil behaviour in…

Don't be fooled by Victoria's Secret's feminist rebrand

27 June 2021 9:00 am

Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie brand known for its scantily-clad supermodel ‘Angels’, is undergoing a rebranding. But don’t be fooled: this…