Dear Mary: How can I stop this bore reading his novel aloud?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of halting a wannabe novelist from reading his oeuvre aloud to an unwilling audience?…

Mind your language: Who says there's a 'correct name' for the penis?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

In a very rum letter to the Daily Telegraph, the Mother’s Union of all people joined with some other bodies…

Leader: Ring-fencing the NHS is only making matters worse

20 July 2013 9:00 am

According to popular wisdom on the left — and even among some in the Conservative party — this ought to have been…

Nigel Farndale’s diary: The dread moment when they announce next year's school fees

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Next time I’m in a sauna I’m going to say: ‘It’s like a school sports hall on prize day in…

Books are a load of crap - the sporty kids have got it made

20 July 2013 9:00 am

What a glorious sporting summer it has been so far. For some the highlight will have been Andy Murray at…

Can I turn the West London Free School into Fame Academy?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Another opening, another show,’ sang five-year-old Charlie on his way to school this morning — and then proceeded to belt…

It’s vital that children translate English to Latin at GCSE

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Gove is quite right to suggest we turn English into Latin

To transform schools, sack bad teachers and hire great ones. It'll transform education - and the economy

15 June 2013 9:00 am

The future of Britain won't be decided in a battlefield. It will be decided in a classroom.

Don’t jump, Felipe!

1 June 2013 9:00 am

The weird world glimpsed at through maths exam questions

What Michael Gove should know about going to school in Singapore

18 May 2013 9:00 am

I hated the rote-learning and savage competition at my schools. But I benefited from them, too


23 March 2013 9:00 am

Joining the club Sir: As Robert Hardman notes (Royal notebook, 16 March), not only is the C back in FCO…

What is this word?

23 March 2013 9:00 am

‘What are you writing?’ I asked my nine-year-old daughter as she sat at the kitchen table doing her homework. ‘A…

Long life: Polite silence on my old prep school’s possible paedophile

16 March 2013 9:00 am

It is usually a mistake to return to places one has known as a child. I have only once been…


9 March 2013 9:00 am

Gove’s history lessons Sir: ‘The idea that there is a canonical body of knowledge that must be mastered,’ says Professor…

The tastes of temptation

2 March 2013 9:00 am

There ought to be a wise adage: ‘If invited to do good works, always procrastinate. A better offer is bound…

Round and round the garden

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Juliet Townsend finds that children’s arcane playground rituals have survived television, texting and computer games

Status Anxiety: I can’t wait for Superman

27 November 2010 12:00 am

You have to admire the marketing savvy of Paramount Pictures UK.

School days

1 June 2010 8:38 am

There it is: Winder, one of the most imposing peaks across all the Howgill Fells.