Status anxiety

How to get your child into the best state school: an insider's tips

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Monday was ‘national offer day’, which means that more than half a million parents across England were notified about which…

I used to think I was smarter than my wife. Not anymore

14 April 2018 9:00 am

According to new research published in Advances in Physiology Education, men tend to significantly overestimate their own intelligence whereas women…

A very British response to a death at a funeral

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Something very odd occurred at a funeral I attended last week — somebody died. I don’t mean the person who…

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…

If Corbyn wins, emigrating to Israel is my clear escape route

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I’m currently in Israel on a press trip organised by Bicom — the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Bicom…

Dawn Butler spoiled one of the best days of my life

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Last Saturday was shaping up to be one of the best days of my life. Freddie, my ten-year-old son, had…

We are being destroyed by tribalism. Let’s get rid of it

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Amy Chua’s latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, is a difficult read for anyone who…

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…

My children have turned my weight loss into the Stanford prison experiment

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve become obsessed with my BMI. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for body mass index and…

Peter Rabbit ‘allergy bullying’? I’m allergic to all this constant outrage

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I’m often surprised by what people are offended by. Like the makers of Peter Rabbit, the new animated feature from…

In today’s brave new world, fat is a high-tech issue

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I have a confession to make: I’m a yo-yo dieter. For the past ten years, I’ve lost a bit of…

My dislike of Blue Peter made me into the man I am today

3 February 2018 9:00 am

When I tell my children about my own childhood, they often express disbelief about how wretched it was. No Xbox?…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

Why my pet dog Leo had to go

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Readers may recall that the Young family welcomed a new addition to the household about two years ago: a Hungarian…

Kids addicted to their screens? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Over Christmas, Caroline and I finally snapped about the amount of time our children were spending on their screens. If…

The real reason I’m a target for the twitchfork mob

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Shortly after midnight on 1 January my phone began to vibrate repeatedly. Happy New Year messages from absent friends? No,…

It’s all shootin’, fishin’ and trufflin’ when lads and dads go out to play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this year I wrote a defence of driven shooting and ended by saying I hoped my children would have…

The subtle art of showing off at work

9 December 2017 9:00 am

This has been an interesting year for me. Back in January, I took up a full-time job as director of…

My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

It's a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

Why did Teach First take down my blog on genetics, IQ and education?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

Why I hate reading to my kids at bedtime

28 October 2017 9:00 am

All surveys carried out by retail businesses with a view to generating press coverage should be treated with extreme caution,…

Sadly, no school can teach true grit

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…