Schools

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…

How to help black boys afraid of ‘acting white’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Black British boys are being held back by fear of betraying their background. Immigrant children know how to deal with that

Portrait of the week

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on…

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Dear Mary: What to do when a dinner guest won’t turn and chat

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. I felt uncomfortable during a dinner for 20 in a private house. The young man on my left had…

Did Radio 4 have to deal with the Germanwings disaster as it did?

4 April 2015 8:00 am

‘You can hear pretty clearly the sound of one of the helicopters and you can see it in the darkness,’…

The Conservatives should be the party of immigrants — and here’s how they can be

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For a long while, the Conservatives have been puzzled about their lack of popularity among immigrants. In theory, the Conservative…

A lesson in bias on private schools

21 March 2015 9:00 am

What aid experts and academics don’t want to hear about private schools in developing countries

I’m working to make education fairer. But I’m still not sure what ‘fairer’ means

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Civitas has just published an interesting book called The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools. Edited by Anastasia de…

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…

The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015 9:00 am

When the state excuses underage sex, what chance do our children have?

The teachers who (quietly) miss Michael Gove

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Meet the teachers who are (quietly) grateful to the former education secretary

Proof that the schools revolution isn’t over

7 February 2015 9:00 am

For those who assumed that the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary marked the end of the Conservatives’ scholastic…