Schools

Let's face it – Ray Honeyford got it right on Islam and education

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The Bradford head teacher was dismissed for emphasising nationality over religion. He should have been applauded

The Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse plot’ is — like WMD — a neocon fantasy

14 June 2014 9:00 am

I can remember where I was when Colin Powell presented to the United Nations his evidence for the existence of…

Sugata Mitra interview: ‘A reduction in resources can cause something nice to happen’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Children can teach each other, believes Sugata Mitra — if you give them the internet, a big screen and a helpful granny on Skype

Knowing things isn’t ‘20th century’, Justin Webb. It’s the foundation of a successful life

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s scarcely possible to open a newspaper or magazine these days without reading an article about how the latest technological…

Dear Mary: How can I escape the tyranny of teacher presents?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Q. It’s only April and yet I am being emailed by parents who have already taken charge and are drumming…

Why I won’t let my children learn French

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why I won’t let my children be taught French

When did we stop ‘tossing’ coins?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

What kind of scientists do school inspectors not need to be? ‘Inspectors don’t need to be rocket scientists.’ For what…

Dyslexia is meaningless. But don't worry – so is ADHD

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There is a beautiful symmetry to all things, I think, and probably related somehow to the concept of karma. Only…

I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Michael Gove inspires irrational hatred among my fellow children’s authors. After interviewing him, I can finally see why

Teacher training’s war on science

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There’s an increasing amount of evidence about how we learn. But you won’t hear about it at teacher training college

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left

15 March 2014 9:00 am

How politicians wreck education

Spectator letters: Fears for Scotland, and John Cornwell answers Melanie McDonagh

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Save our Scotland Sir: Matthew Parris is quite right to praise Lord Lang’s speech in the Lords on Scottish independence…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects

Super-heads are a super-huge mistake

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The system of parachuting top teachers into failing schools seems to have been a recipe for corruption

Why I want my schools to ban the burka (and the miniskirt)

21 September 2013 9:00 am

For most people, the question of whether to ban the burka is a purely theoretical one. Not for me. As…

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