Schools

Can you really teach students to solve knife crime?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Next year the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) will offer one degree, in design, technology and the humanities, to teach students…

In defence of a liberal education

9 March 2019 9:00 am

A good decade or so ago I wrote a fairly vituperative article in response to a piece by the writer…

Letters: the history of centrist parties does not bode well for the ‘breakaway seven’

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The breakaway seven Sir: ‘In both parties there are fools at one end and crackpots at the other, but the…

An inconvenient truth: white children are underperforming everyone else in UK schools

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The Department for Education (DfE) published its finalised data on the 2018 GCSE results last week, revealing that, for the…

Letters: Brexit’s impact on the Irish border issue has been flagged up all along

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Irish border Sir: Contrary to the assertion that the Irish border ‘only hit the headlines’ after Leo Varadkar became…

Why are the middle classes so obsessed with schools?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

One thing I love about my adopted country is the widespread cultural contempt for dullness. Unlike North Americans, intelligent British…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

aption: Old age has its pitfalls – but it isn’t without its joys (Photo: Getty)

In my illness and old age, children give me hope

2 June 2018 9:00 am

By 74 it is easy to feel that you have seen it all, done it all, that nothing much surprises…

Genetics and the truth about private schools

31 March 2018 9:00 am

A paper published last week in an academic journal called npj Science of Learning attracted an unusual amount of press…

World Book Day is here again. God help us

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For parents of primary school children, the first Thursday in March has got to be the worst day of the…

“I’ll eat you alive” – Angela Rayner interview

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Angela Rayner is perhaps the only Labour MP who works with a picture of Theresa May hanging above her desk.…

Sadly, true grit can’t be taught

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I am currently wrestling with a dilemma. I have agreed to contribute to a panel discussion on character education at…

Hard lessons

26 August 2017 9:00 am

George Tomlinson, the post-war education secretary, declared that politicians should leave exams to the teachers because ‘the minister knows nowt…

Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has just published a report looking at the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16-year-olds…

Cameron's sinister purge of the posh

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Any parents considering Dollar Academy are invited to take their car along its long driveway and park outside what looks…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Another week, another spate of barmy campus bans and ‘safe space’ shenanigans by a new breed of hyper–sensitive censorious youth.…

300 signatures can be wrong. How about 2 million?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Name check 306 business people signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph saying that Britain would be better off outside…

If the Sats-strike parents get their way only the poorer kids will suffer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Tuesday’s protest against Key Stage 1 Sats was moronic on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

Private-school ‘superheads’ are a publicity-seeking waste of time

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The term ‘superhead’ was first used during the Blair government in 1998: an eye-catching word for a new breed of…

To survive as a Tory teacher, you have to keep quiet

6 February 2016 9:00 am

According to my former colleagues, history teachers in an urban English state school, anyone who votes for the Conservative party…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now it is an insult on a par with ‘racist’, ‘sexist’…

Q: What is a good school? A: One that everybody else likes

16 January 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I received a call from someone running a small private school near New York. They believed…

How education jargon hurts children

14 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn’t we keep the PC on the QT?…

There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…