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School report: a round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

16 March 2019 9:00 am

A round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

An inconvenient truth: white children are underperforming everyone else in UK schools

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The Department for Education (DfE) published its finalised data on the 2018 GCSE results last week, revealing that, for the…

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…

GCSE reform is just the halfway point of the schools revolution we need

26 August 2017 9:00 am

George Tomlinson, the post-war education secretary, declared that politicians should leave exams to the teachers because ‘the minister knows nowt…

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…

Parents, not schools, are key to our children’s knowledge gap

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has just published a report looking at the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16-year-olds…

Proof that the arts lobby is wrong about Michael Gove’s GCSE reform

11 February 2017 9:00 am

For the past six years or so a variety of arts organisations have been campaigning against the English Baccalaureate, or…

Looking for 'false news'? Try the front page of the Times

19 November 2016 9:00 am

On a day when much fuss was being made about ‘false news’ on the net, it was amusing to study…

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

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…

Elizabeth Hurley: Facebook rescued my cat

9 July 2016 9:00 am

All hail social media. In January, I lost my beautiful pussycat Mr Mew, and I have spent six long months…

What happens when they’ve climbed the ladder?

The lessons of exam results season (and what to do about them)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Every year without fail, as the trees start thinking about losing their leaves, the papers are full of the same…

James McAvoy is wrong – the arts are better off without subsidy

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The season of cringe-making acceptance speeches at arts awards ceremonies is nearly over, thank heavens. But it hasn’t passed without…

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

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor,…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…