Schools

The Dragon school’s bizarre decision to ban Gunga Din

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Why do schools want to erase the past?

Downside’s downfall: the dissolution of a monastery

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The dissolution of a monastery

The Romans wouldn’t have understood our exam obsession

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Many commentators have argued that the recent grading controversy indicates just how important public examinations are. Up to a point,…

Portrait of the week: BBC drops songs, museum drops Sloane, and KFC and John Lewis drop slogans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, made pupils wear face-coverings in school corridors. It didn’t take long for…

Children who died of Covid-19 were already seriously ill, new study shows

28 August 2020 10:33 pm

It has been clear from the start of the Covid-19 crisis – from Wuhan’s experience, before cases were confirmed in…

Will the next U-turn be on face masks at work?

27 August 2020 12:20 am

There’s a new trend emerging when it comes to Covid-19 policy: where Scotland leads, England follows. In recent weeks, decisions…

Spare a thought for next year’s A-level students

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Three years ago I was contacted by an official at the Department for Education to see if I was interested…

Inflated exam grades let the government ignore its own failures

15 August 2020 9:00 am

It was obvious that closing schools would hit the poorest hardest, inflicting permanent damage and deepening inequality. While many private…

Home advantage: not going to school was the making of me

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Not going to school was the making of me

Does the curriculum really need ‘decolonising’?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Layla Moran, the Lib Dems’ education spokesman, has written to Gavin Williamson urging him to do something about ‘systemic racism’…

The private school advantage has never been greater than in lockdown

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The private school advantage has never been greater

Letters: Churches have risen to the challenge of lockdown

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Back to schools Sir: I share Lucy Kellaway’s enthusiasm for seeing school-life return and inequality gaps closed (‘A class apart’,…

Britain must begin its recovery – before more damage is done

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The discovery in Britain that a £5 steroid, dexamethasone, can be effective in treating Covid marks a potential breakthrough in…

Made to measure: where did the metre come from?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Made to measure The government started reviewing whether we should stay two metres apart while social distancing or whether one…

School’s out: the true cost of classroom closures

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The lockdown is widening the gap between rich and poor pupils

Normality won’t return until schools do

13 June 2020 9:00 am

From Monday, you will be required by law to wear a face covering on public transport. Paradoxically, this is a…

Why the lower-sixth has so much to lose from lockdown

30 May 2020 9:00 am

The lower-sixth has so much to lose from lockdown

Letters: When is a sport not a sport?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Save the children Sir: Your leading article is correct that the government should have evaluated the detriment caused by shutting…

Why schools should stay shut

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Has the stock of any politician fallen more sharply, these past three or four years, than that of Shami Chakrabarti?…

Plato knew that home-schooling can have benefits

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Education is cumulative. The idea that it will be lost on a generation because, for one out of 42 terms…

Reopening schools must be our first priority

16 May 2020 9:00 am

It would be a tragedy if one of the legacies of Covid-19 — a disease which hardly affects children physically…

Parents and children demonstrate against the No Outsiders programme at Parkfield School in Birmingham in March [Photo: Getty]

Should Muslim parents be allowed to challenge LGBT lessons?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

We saw two different worlds, or at least two different value systems, collide in the High Court in Birmingham this…

Abolish private schools? Bring it on!

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I cannot recall a week in which Britain’s private schools have received better PR. The Labour party has pledged to…

Must try harder: education is still a vote loser for the Tories

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The reluctance of the Conservative party to take credit for the success of its education reforms is a source of…

Is there anything that can’t be put down to a ‘condition’?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I suppose it is overstating the case to suggest that dyslexia is simply a term coined to assuage the disappointment…