Schools

Portrait of the Week

9 September 2023 9:00 am

From ABC to AK-47: Russia’s new wartime curriculum

19 August 2023 9:00 am

The Ukraine conflict has spread to Russia’s classrooms

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…

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…

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

How to bag the best spot in the supermarket car park

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Our local Sainsbury’s, though admirable in every other way, has a slightly inflated estimate of the disabled population of Seven-oaks,…

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…

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…

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…

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 the new GCSE in global warming should teach

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The new GCSE in global warming

What happened to Tory radicalism?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Whatever advantages money may have brought Rishi Sunak as he rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wealth has…

Masks in schools: how convincing is the government's evidence?

8 January 2022 6:00 pm

Why has the government changed its mind and asked children to wear masks in school? When Plan B was announced…

Virtue signalling is really status signalling

23 October 2021 9:00 am

A £19,000-a-year London day school was in the news this week because it has started instructing its pupils about ‘white…

Letters: In defence of GPs

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Out of practice Sir: GPs are not ‘hiding behind their telephones’ (Leading article, 4 September). In-person appointments are the core…

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ is taking over China’s classrooms

11 September 2021 9:00 am

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ took over China’s classrooms

Will Knowland, Eton and the problem with the teaching misconduct panel

17 August 2021 11:04 pm

When Eton master Will Knowland was sacked last year over anti-feminist views contained in a YouTube video which he refused…

When will exams get back to normal?

12 August 2021 8:47 pm

It wouldn’t be credible to say that this year’s A-Levels grades are comparable with 2019’s: almost 45 per cent of entries…

Letters: Let the housing market collapse

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Treading the boards Sir: As a teacher, I was sorry Lloyd Evans did not include school productions in his excellent…

It’s time to repair the damage done to the Covid generation’s education

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Aswitch of personnel at the Department of Health this week has brought a welcome change in the government’s tone. No…

The curious parable of Dartington

12 June 2021 9:00 am

I spent last weekend in south Devon at Dartington, the former estate of Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, and now a…

Do schools really have a problem with sexual violence?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Schools and the problem of ‘rape culture’

The facts about race and education

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Judging from the reaction to last week’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, you’d think it had been written…