Education

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…

America’s campus culture wars come for St Andrews

2 October 2021 9:14 am

The University of St Andrews has been keen on American imports for some time. Americans make up 16 per cent…

Boris should keep copying Blair

8 September 2021 10:05 pm

Having written here at least once before that Boris Johnson is the heir to Blair, my first thought on the Prime…

How to burst the grade inflation bubble

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Tories regard a return to rigorously marked exams as one of their big achievements in education. In 2010, the…

The truth about Nick Gibb, history and ‘dead white men’

22 July 2021 3:30 pm

In 1983, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a great American sociologist and politician, wrote: ‘Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but…

The plot against religious education

6 July 2021 11:08 pm

Faith is not the declining force that some secularists believe or indeed desire it to be. Even here in the UK,…

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…

Have we hit peak graduate?

5 June 2021 10:00 am

The Tory party has turned sharply against the idea of ever larger numbers going to university. The reasons for this…

It’s time the British faced some uncomfortable truths, says Matthew d’Ancona

5 June 2021 9:00 am

As Britain starts its long Covid recovery, are deeper problems lurking beneath the surface? Matthew d’Ancona certainly thinks so, and…

Pimlico Academy and the politicisation of the playground

20 May 2021 12:29 am

The strange tale of Pimlico Academy, the central London school roiled by ‘anti-racist’ protests, shows us that the culture war…

The Proustian power of handwriting

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Towards the end of April, my mum sent me a letter. She doesn’t write as a rule — we speak…

Letters: The veiled elitism of social mobility

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Levelling up Sir: In making the case for social mobility, Lee Cain unwittingly endorses the classism he hopes to fight…

Westminster and the truth about the class ceiling

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Social mobility is more urgently needed than ever

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…

How to kill the English language

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Probably, most of you will have only the dimmest idea what a ‘fronted adverbial’ is. I used one in the…

What Britain could learn from New Zealand about home-schooling

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Britain needs a Kiwi-style national correspondence school

The true cost of school closures – an interview with the children's commissioner

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, on why schools must reopen

To reopen schools, we need to vaccinate teachers

23 January 2021 9:00 am

At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Chris Whitty often made the point that a pandemic kills in two ways:…

A vaccine won't heal the scarring of lockdown

28 November 2020 9:00 am

How can Britain recover post-Covid?

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1619, 1776 and all that

23 September 2020 11:35 pm

Friday’s news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died after her long battle with cancer has briefly pushed most other topics…

Too much learning is a dangerous thing

12 September 2020 9:00 am

It is often said that the left does not understand human nature. Yet it is difficult to think of anything…

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,…

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…

University challenge: the next education crisis

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Many institutions face the fight of their lives