Education

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Teachers won't like it, but I've discovered a way to fix failing schools

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I joined forces with Sir Anthony Seldon, the vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, to run an idea…

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The real secret of Swiss watch craft: apprentices

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Switzerland’s watch apprentices are all winners, says William Cook

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Universities’ most freakish, isolated minority: non-lefties

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A few columns ago, I told the mortifying story of how I totally died at the Oxford Union. Today I’m…

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I’ve seen the future of English education, and it makes me sad

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A typical Kentish town, with its grammar school at one end and its secondary school at the other, is a…

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Sorry, but a degree is a rotten investment

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Almost half a million students start-university this month. It’s an exciting time: the launch of adult life and independence. But…

Grammar schools don't matter. It’s central control that stymies teachers

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Remote control Sir: Rachel Wolf argues that in education policy ‘the trend, from Kenneth Baker onwards, has been towards giving…

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China's Eton envy - why they love our posh boys

24 September 2016 9:00 am

China’s new rich look on Britain’s ancient public schools with awe – and envy

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What Momentum Kids gets right

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Forgive me if I don’t get too worked up about Momentum Kids. For those who haven’t been following Labour’s internal…

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In defence of David Cameron’s achievements

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It is too early to tell what sort of Prime Minister Theresa May will turn out to be, but we…

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How can we help thickos at university? Pretend they’re clever

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A lecturer at a reasonably well-respected northern plate-glass university was somewhat perplexed by a student who complained about her poor…

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A remarkable testament of hope for Zimbabwe

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, Never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed though right were…

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A wholesale return to grammar schools would be a disaster

17 September 2016 9:00 am

There’s a place for selective state schools, but their wholesale return would be a disaster

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What’s (still) wrong with meritocracy

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘It is highly unlikely the Prime Minister has read the book,’ my father harrumphed, commenting on the appropriation of the…

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Editor’s letter

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In August the papers were full of smiling pupils clutching their exam results. Now we’re in September, when children and…

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State schools are discovering huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’

10 September 2016 9:00 am

State schools are discovering the benefits of huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’, finds Camilla Swift

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Going to boarding school at age 16 changed my life

10 September 2016 9:00 am

A new school at age 16 changed my life, says William Cook. That’s why I’m doing the same for my son

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What makes a great art room in school? It’s all about the mess

10 September 2016 9:00 am

School art studios should be all about the creative atmosphere – and the mess, says Laura Freeman

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The big problem with University Technical Colleges

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Technical colleges are heralded as the future of vocational education. But there are problems, says Laura McInerney

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What you learn when you learn a poem by heart

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just learned by heart another poem — my first in nearly 30 years. The one I chose was A.E.…

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Theresa May’s student crackdown will cost post-Brexit Britain dearly

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In the post-Brexit landscape whose shape was barely glimpsed in G20 discussions at Hangzhou, one thing is clear: soon we’ll…

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How should schools teach pupils about managing their money?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The teaching of personal finance in schools has moved up the agenda in recent years, finds Martin Vander Weyer

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Language learning: we’re more tongue-tied than ever

10 September 2016 9:00 am

When most of the world knows English, does it matter that foreign language teaching is dying out in our schools? Rhiannon Williams takes a look

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School portraits: snapshots of four notable schools

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Snapshots of four notable schools

The Burkini story: proudly born in Australia (and only 60% Muslim)

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Behind the cover-up Some facts about Burkinis: — The Burkini was invented by Ahedi Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian businesswoman, in…

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France began breeding jihadis when it ruined its primary schools

3 September 2016 9:00 am

E .D. Hirsch Jr., the American educationalist and author of Cultural Literacy, has a new book out that may throw…