Schools March

Spreading the word: boys from independent Dover College carry stacks of books through the town in 1963

Can a public school ever share its culture of success with a local comp?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

There were high hopes when Eton, Wellington and others took local comps under their wing... but the results are mixed, says Ross Clark

School uniform doesn’t stifle creative expression... it positively encourages it

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Far from stifling individuality, school uniform positively encourages creative expression, declares one-time schoolboy rebel Mark Palmer

Queue for boarding: state schools with live-in pupils are in high demand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

State schools with live-in pupils are a little known but highly successful part of the education system, says Beth Noakes

Word play: children enjoy learning the quirks of a language

Children love to learn grammar and thanks to Michael Gove they will get the chance

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Ed Clarke welcomes a renewed emphasis on the nuts and bolts of language after a long period of neglect

A portrait of repression? Life class at the Female School of Art, Queen’s Square, London, 1868

Are single-sex schools good for girls?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Alice Cockerell and Camilla Swift, who both went to girls’ schools, debate the question

Aim high: moody teenage girls end up as young women ready to face adult life with confidence

Years after my school military training, the Force is still with me

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Alexandra Farrelly says school military training was the making of her

Owe no: an average graduate must now repay debts of £44,035

Is a degree worth the debt?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

As today’s students face owing huge sums into their 50s, Constance Watson hears both sides of the argument

School dinners: when the slop had to stop

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Today’s kids can choose school dinners from healthy global menus. But parents still take them to McDonald’s for breakfast, says Laura Freeman

At the chalkface: two faces of Michael Schützer-Weissmann, who taught English at Sherborne and Shrewsbury

A tribute to ‘Shutz’, the schoolmaster who made me

12 March 2016 9:00 am

One inspiring teacher can transform the lives of generations of pupils... Aidan Hartley was lucky enough to find his in ‘Schutz’

Morning glory: a walk through the abbey cloisters takes Westminster School pupils to 9 a.m. school service... and Harry to deliver his speech

I ignored Westminster Abbey as a schoolboy. Now I’m at the pulpit singing its praises

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Young Harry Mount barely noticed Westminster Abbey during 400 school services. Thirty years later he sang its praises from the pulpit

School drinking is the best drinking of all

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Head teachers may try to control it, but for Ed Cumming alcohol was the most fun between the ages of 13 and 18

Staved off: music is full of infant prodigies but today it’s usual to wait until 11 to 14 for specialist schooling

It’s not child’s play to nurture the talent of a musical prodigy

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Daisy Dunn on how best to nurture young talent in music or the arts

Though they never went quite as far as these schoolgirls, good deportment was enforced with rigour at Cheltenham in the 1950s

Horrible histories of the famously austere Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the 1950s

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Ysenda Maxtone Graham contrasts chilly 1950s tales of the famously disciplined Cheltenham Ladies’ College with life at the school today

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

Blackboard jungle

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The world of education is a complex one. There are so many options – public schools, academies, state schools; single-sex…