Schools

To survive as a Tory teacher, you have to keep quiet

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Surviving as a Tory teacher means keeping quiet

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Children are not all ‘gender fluid’. It’s dangerous and wrong to try to persuade them that they are

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