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Education

31 January 2015

Female bishops The Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England’s first female bishop. — By the time the first 32 female C of E… Read more

31 January 2015

What’s a degree worth? Sir: Mark Mason’s article (‘Uni’s out’, 24 January) hits the nail on the head. A brief addendum: it is generally stated that graduates earn more over a… Read more

Prime Minister Cameron Visits The Harris City Academy In South London

The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015

The most significant achievement of this coalition, the only thing they really have any right to crow about, and possibly all that posterity will ever remember them for with anything… Read more

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Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The Commons Education Select Committee’s lukewarm report on the government’s academy… Read more

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Soon, parents will stop wanting their children to go to university. And they'll be right

24 January 2015

Could the current generation of parents be the first ones who won’t want their children to go to university? Until now that mortarboard photo on the sideboard has always been… Read more

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How the Romans taught Latin (N.M. Gwynne would not approve)

13 December 2014

Barely a week passes without someone complaining about the teaching of English or foreign languages, usually because it involves too much, or too little, grammar. The ancients also had to… Read more

Nicky Morgan vs Socrates

29 November 2014

After the Philae space-lab’s triumph, one can see why Education Secretary Nicky Morgan should have hymned the ‘Stem’ subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). At the heart of our service industries, they… Read more

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If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this week. As someone who was educated exclusively in the state… Read more

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The reopened V&A Cast Courts are a fabulous spectacle of Victorian theft and reverence

22 November 2014

The great municipal museums are products of the 19th-century imagination, evidence of lofty ambitions and cringe-making limitations. They are exact contemporaries of department stores: the whole world acquired, catalogued, labelled,… Read more

1 November 2014

Italy’s to-do list Sir: You would expect a long letter of rebuttal by a piqued senior diplomat in response to the many barbs that Nicholas Farrell packed into his piece… Read more

Russell Brand addresses an anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square Photo: Getty

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of wisdom I can pass on so they don’t make the… Read more

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I thought I loved motorbikes – until I tried a Cessna

20 September 2014

We’d taken off smoothly and the two-seater Cessna 152 was climbing through 1,000 feet on full power. Then my instructor, Gill, reached over and closed the throttle. As the plane’s… Read more

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My amazing dad has found the secret of a happy life

13 September 2014

This week I wanted to tell you about my amazing dad. He hasn’t died or anything. I just thought I’d get in there with my panegyric quick while he’s still… Read more

We both want to democratise knowledge, Michael Rosen. The question is which knowledge...

30 August 2014

I first locked horns with Michael Rosen, the former children’s laureate, on Sky News about four years ago. We were debating the merits of trying to teach all children the… Read more

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I believe in animal research. But it’s time to draw a line

16 August 2014

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re a frog — a pro-science frog. You’re so pro-science that you’ve decided to donate yourself to it. You sign the consent forms, climb into… Read more

Rafferty Law (son of Jude ’n’ Sadie) with ‘close friend and fellow model’ Cora Corre (granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood) Photo: David M Benett

Meet the new faces of nepotism

26 July 2014

Recently one morning, as I was weeping over Caitlin Moran’s (daughter of Mr and Mrs Moran of Wolverhampton) brilliant book How to Build a Girl — specifically, the heartbreaking way… Read more

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Gove, gone

19 July 2014

‘There’s no shame in a cabinet to win the next election,’ declared an exasperated senior No. 10 figure on Tuesday night. This week’s reshuffle was not one for the purists:… Read more

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Cameron was right to move Gove

19 July 2014

I tried to reach Michael Gove on Tuesday shortly after the news broke that he’d been moved to the Whips’ Office. I’m quite relieved he never called back, because my… Read more

Queen Elizabeth II Visits Wales - Day Two

The policies that have wrecked Wales – coming soon to a Miliband government near you

12 July 2014

In England, success in life is bound up with where you went to school. In Wales, where I come from, the standard of education can be so miserable that you’d… Read more

Ray Honeyford Headmaster At Drummond Middle School In Bradford. Pictured With Asian Pupils. (received In Library 24/10/1984)

Let's face it – Ray Honeyford got it right on Islam and education

5 July 2014

Thirty years ago, as editor of the Salisbury Review, I began to receive short articles from a Bradford headmaster, relating the dilemmas faced by those attempting to provide an English… Read more

21 June 2014

The not-so-great charter David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to leave out: — ‘If one who has borrowed from the… Read more

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The Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse plot’ is — like WMD — a neocon fantasy

14 June 2014

I can remember where I was when Colin Powell presented to the United Nations his evidence for the existence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. I was taking a friend… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

The Tory wars are back – and dumber than ever

7 June 2014

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s government nurtured a remarkable economic recovery, yet was beaten after… Read more

7 June 2014

We need religion Sir: Roger Scruton (‘Sacred hunger’, 31 May) describes a reason, dare I say a ‘purpose’, for religion in society. Evolutionary biologists such as the evangelical atheist Richard Dawkins… Read more

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Why education is no longer the best way to invest in your child’s future

24 May 2014

Teenagers have never exactly been short of things to complain about to their parents. You didn’t give them enough support, sent them to the wrong schools, stopped them going to… Read more