Schools

Q: What is a good school? A: One that everybody else likes

16 January 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I received a call from someone running a small private school near New York. They believed…

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

There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…

Nicky Morgan's pitch for the Tory leadership

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan thinks a woman should run to be the next Tory leader

Lessons in prudence at my old primary school

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Reality Check

Sauce for the goose: pupils have been shown to learn best in equal-ability classes, yet academic selection is confined to the private sector

Why do private schools do so well in exams?

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Private schools consistently outperform state schools in exams, but why exactly? A thorough investigation has uncovered the answers, some of them surprising, as Ross Clark finds out

Animal magic

19 September 2015 9:00 am

An increasing number of inner-city schools are discovering the power of reconnecting with nature, says Laura Freeman

On the march: Toby Young’s group has now opened three schools and hopes to have another three in the next two years

Cameron’s crusade (and mine)

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Can the Prime Minister really be serious about creating 500 new free schools by 2020? Yes he can, says Toby Young

The new A-levels: a user’s guide

19 September 2015 9:00 am

A-levels are evolving. James Wardrobe from the Council for Independent Education highlights the new changes to the exams from this year

Are our kids tough enough? Probably not

China's battery-farmed kids

19 September 2015 9:00 am

The Chinese education system is beyond intense, writes Cindy Yu. The exam results are astonishing but the students’ lives are harsh

The truth about teenagers: they don’t think the way we do

19 September 2015 9:00 am

We tend to think adolescents are more or less grown up – but they’re not, says Tony Little. Recent research shows just how differently they think

Rough kids: boys from Rutherford School and girls from Sarah Siddons in Marylebone strike against caning, detention and uniforms, May 1972

State secrets, or the hidden advantages of a public-sector education

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Devotees of private schools are often pretty snooty about comprehensives, but Sophia Waugh not only successfully educated her children in state schools – she went on to teach in one

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

‘Have you done this in class?’ Essays often require a lot of help from parents – and Wikipedia

What’s the point of homework?

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Homework is meant to inculcate a love of learning in students, but Ysenda Maxtone Graham thinks it’s at least as likely to do the reverse

Thinking inside the box

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Organising storage in the holidays can be a nightmare for international students. It needn’t be writes Camilla Swift

Suffer the children: they know they can say what they likeSuffer the children: they know they can say what they like

My life as an RE teacher

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Pity the poor RE teacher, writes Lauren Nicholson-Ward. It’s richly rewarding, but a complete juggling act of a job

The rise of tutoring

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Tutors are parents’ secret weapon, from oligarchs to immigrants says Edward Webster

Arts subjects are essential for a well-rounded education

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Arts subjects have always been a vital part of a well-rounded education; concentrating only on sciences is just short-sighted, says Muriel Gray

The EPQ is a way for pupils to demonstrate their enthusiasm and capacity to focus

Doing their own thing

19 September 2015 9:00 am

The EPQ, a long project for sixth-formers on a subject they choose, is increasingly popular, says Stuart Dalley

The trouble with dyslexia

19 September 2015 9:00 am

It’s a controversial subject – but you shouldn’t let that stop you from getting the help your child needs, says Mary Anne Hansell

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

At age two, my August-born son is already being marked out for failure

12 September 2015 9:00 am

My August-born toddler is being marked out for failure – thank God the rules are changing

What I’ve learned helping to found a specialist free school

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Lessons from the first year of our specialist maths school

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…