Exams

A parents’ guide to the Eleven Plus

7 September 2019 9:00 am

How to stop your child – and you – from feeling the strain, by Fraser Nelson

Must try harder: education is still a vote loser for the Tories

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The reluctance of the Conservative party to take credit for the success of its education reforms is a source of…

Scotland and Wales have much to learn from England’s education reforms

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I’ve contributed a chapter to an education book published this week by the Institute of Economic Affairs. I was asked…

Ignore the half-wit experts – the new GCSE marking system is as easy as 1,2,3...

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The amount of nonsense being talked about the new GCSEs in English and maths, whereby exams have been graded 9-1…

Dear Mary: how should you deal with having your face flecked with spittle?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. At a drinks party at Christie’s this evening my face was splattered with flecks of spit from the guest…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

On parade: the marching band from Christ’s Hospital School at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Portraits of four notable schools

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Snapshots of four of notable schools, by Camilla Swift

How education jargon hurts children

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Schools are becoming addicted to acronyms. It’s not just silly, it’s dangerous

Grass is greener: private or state?

Happy days at my Somerset comprehensive

19 September 2015 9:00 am

The joys of a rural comp, by Constance Watson

The horror of exams

19 September 2015 9:00 am

From black ink to bodged mnemonics, examinations are just scary. Katherine Whitbourn sympathises with everyone who hates them

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls, snakes will be snakes: Benenden, left, and Papplewick

School portraits

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Snapshots of four notable schools, by Camilla Swift and Katy Balls

Few shall be chosen… perhaps only one in eight

The truth about private school admissions

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Your child may not Get In, says Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Test match: revamped GCSEs versus IGCSEs

Now more than ever the ‘I’ in IGCSE is for ‘independent’

14 March 2015 9:00 am

IGCSE exams widen the divide between state and private sectors, writes Ross Clark

Welcome to the world of learning

The rise of the ‘super-tutor’

14 March 2015 9:00 am

They teach more than passing exams, says Lydia Hansell

Spectator letters: On wind turbines, Churchill's only exam success, and the red-trousered mayor of Bristol

19 April 2014 9:00 am

When the wind blows Sir: Clare Oxford’s piece (‘Gone with the wind turbines’, 12 April) is both timely and sad.…

It’s vital that children translate English to Latin at GCSE

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Gove is quite right to suggest we turn English into Latin

Don’t jump, Felipe!

1 June 2013 9:00 am

The weird world glimpsed at through maths exam questions