Education

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…

How the ancients approached the three Rs

19 February 2022 9:00 am

German archaeologists have found ancient Egyptian tablets covered in repetitive writing exercises and ask — were they pupil punishments? But…

State schools and the rise of posh apprenticeships

19 February 2022 1:44 am

Recently, a friend forwarded me a letter he’d received from his children’s school, an independent secondary in London, to mark…

We must never abandon children during lockdown again

23 January 2022 1:09 am

Schools are far more than mere exam factories. Across the UK, teachers in 32,000 schools and colleges care for children…

Why we should study literature, not science

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad Who was it who said good manners had gone the way of black and white TV? Actually it was…

The mind virus killing academia

12 January 2022 6:00 pm

We lost a giant last month with E.O. Wilson’s passing. A man who stood on Darwin’s shoulders, Wilson had that…

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…

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…