The craft renaissance

8 June 2024 9:00 am

As long ago as the 1960s, the poet Edward James was worried that traditional crafts were dying out. Having frittered…

Labour’s plans to rewrite the National Curriculum

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Michael Gove’s decision to stand down in this election was a reminder that the one really bright spot in the…

We have lost an unforgettable teacher and one of the greatest living critics

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Tanner, the critic RICHARD BRATBY Michael Tanner (1935-2024), who died earlier this month, had such a vital mind and stood…

The great sociology con

19 August 2023 9:00 am

My default mood at the moment is bleak despair, although it can sometimes be triggered into nihilistic loathing, which I…

A manner of speaking

15 July 2023 9:00 am

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…

Progress is coming to our remote corner of Kenya

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Laikipia The principal of the local polytechnic was waiting for me in the kitchen. Frequently in the kitchen there is…

Why are my son’s teachers putting abstract principles before children’s education?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

The teachers putting principles before children

Why Britain is falling behind in the global universities race

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Our country still excels when it comes to higher education. Britain has seven of the world’s top 50 universities. In…

British universities are beyond redemption

13 May 2023 9:39 pm

There’s no doubt that the government has the best of intentions when it comes to clearing up the Augean stables…

Why are our universities still cosy with China?

19 October 2022 11:47 pm

It sounds like something from a spy novel: scientists linked to the Chinese military complex working at UK universities on…

A character assassination of Rudy Giuliani

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Lord help me I love a hatchet job, and you’ll have to too if you want to make it through…

The Roman roots of Tony Blair’s approach to education

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Sir Tony Blair’s Tone-deaf suggestion that Stem subjects should dominate the curriculum of all schools would paradoxically take education back…

One worldview has taken over the historical profession

29 August 2022 7:00 pm

Professor James H. Sweet is a temperate man. He seeks to avoid extremes. But he also seeks to be bold…

How to run a school

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Taking a short break from persecuting Roman Catholic faith schools for ideological reasons, Ofsted has stuck the boot into the…

What’s on Ukraine’s new school syllabus

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Ukrainian schools are starting to re-open, but will they be safe?

It’s time to repair the damage caused by lockdown grade inflation

13 August 2022 9:00 am

When A-level results are published next week, we will find out if the government has made any progress in stemming…

Our long, vulnerable childhoods may be the key to our success

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Could our long journey to adulthood actually be the key to our success, wonders Sam Leith

The toxic cult of the superhero

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Why this mad insistence that everyone has special powers?

Boris, Sherwood and the politics of the past

9 July 2022 9:00 am

It feels like the end, but we’ve been here before. The past months of Boris Johnson’s teetering administration have felt…

Will my kitchen be designated a ‘safe space’?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

As the father of four children who will be entering higher education in the next few years, I’m worried that…

The courage of Katharine Birbalsingh

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Five years ago, I put my friend Nell Butler in touch with Katharine Birbalsingh, Britain’s most outspoken headmistress. I was…

What schools should be teaching

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The state of Florida recently passed a piece of legislation making it illegal for teachers to hold discussions with pupils…

Nadhim Zahawi: how I escaped Saddam’s Iraq

12 March 2022 9:00 am

The Education Secretary has come a long way since his Baghdad schooldays

How schools are captured by ideological institutions

19 February 2022 9:05 pm

This week, Nadeem Zahawi told teachers that they have ‘an important role in preparing children and young people for life…