Teaching

Too cool for school: beware ‘trendy’ teachers

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Pupils are let down by ‘trendy’ teachers, says William Cook

The law of acronyms

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Teacher training is terrific fun. Oh yes, I am thoroughly enjoying myself on my evening course at Guildford College. Don’t…

Michael Kidson — in a class of his own

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Enigma of Kidson is a quintessentially Etonian book: narcissistic, complacent, a bit silly and ultimately beguiling. It is the…

‘Girls think the sciences are not for them – but the results show otherwise’

School Report: a round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

18 March 2017 9:00 am

A round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

Teachers won't like it, but I've discovered a way to fix failing schools

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I joined forces with Sir Anthony Seldon, the vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, to run an idea…

A filthy Noël Coward, snotty Frog, mad Swede and Maggie: Edinburgh Festival Fringe roundup

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Plus: Geoff Norcott, a refreshingly brilliant new comedic voice, whose ascent Beeb censorship will impede. See him live at the Underbelly

A portrait of repression? Life class at the Female School of Art, Queen’s Square, London, 1868

Are single-sex schools good for girls?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Alice Cockerell and Camilla Swift, who both went to girls’ schools, debate the question

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

Some 2,000-year-old teaching tips for Oxford’s new vice-chancellor

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s new vice-chancellor, is worried about a new government plan to judge teaching quality. Her reason is…

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

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are…

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…

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor,…

Spectator letters: A defence of nursing assistants, a mystery shotgun, and a response to Melanie Phillips

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support…

Miriam Gross’s diary: As a qualified teacher, I say let in the ‘untrained’

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by…

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…

On teaching, St Jerome is with Daisy Christodoulou

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Last week in The Spectator, Daisy Christodoulou argued that, contrary to current educational theory, children learned best via direct instruction…

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

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…

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.

Dear Mary: Are my party chairs safe for fatties?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Q. With just a month to go of training as a primary school teacher, I am relieved and excited to…

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

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…