In praise of free schools

25 August 2016 16:09

Congratulations to all those free schools who got their GCSE results this morning. We don’t yet have the full picture,…

Soviet communist poster from Russia

Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?

12 June 2016 8:25

What a strange human being the historian Eric Hobsbawm was. I was reminded of this the other day while reading…

The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

4 June 2016 10:20

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The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

2 June 2016 7:58

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Simon Blake, the CEO of the NUS, is paid £100,000 - five times the average graduate salary

The NUS is made up of careerists playing at being students

24 May 2016 19:29

Bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and wary of not lobbing their mortarboards too vigorously, students graduating in the coming weeks are set for a tough…


The lies of meritocratic Britain

24 May 2016 12:06

In England after the Norman Conquest the worst insults you could throw were class insults. So long has feudal prejudice…


Should we care that young men aren’t going to university?

12 May 2016 16:58

When politicians and tutors talk about underrepresented groups at universities, few expect men to feature on the list. Yet as…


The moronic middle-class Sats warriors are entrenching class divisions

4 May 2016 16:03

Tuesday’s protest against Key Stage 1 Sats was moronic on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to…

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The truth about black teenagers, prison and university

15 April 2016 15:55

A few months ago, David Cameron made an incendiary claim that splashed the Sunday Times and set the news agenda for…

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Save council-run schools! It’s time for local authorities to open free schools

18 March 2016 15:37

In part of his Budget manspreading this week, George Osborne stole Nicky Morgan’s announcement that councils will be forced to…


Britain’s young men are falling further and further behind. Does anyone care?

8 March 2016 14:56

The toughest causes to campaign for are those which are not fashionable. To fight racism in the 1950s or stand up for…


Perhaps public schools do have their benefits, after all?

7 March 2016 14:46

Guardian journalist in self-awareness shock. A very good piece by Hadley Freeman about the utter ubiquity of public school-educated monkeys…

Students in Stoke Newington receiving their GCSE results (Getty).

Why immigrants are to thank for rising standards in schools

23 February 2016 16:43

Something very strange is happening in London: its state schools are going through a huge renaissance – while attainment in many…


England named worst in developed world for literacy. So yes, school reform is needed.

29 January 2016 17:41

Today’s OECD study of basic skills ranks England lowest in the developed world for literacy, and second lowest for numeracy.…


There’s a good reason why humanism should be taught in schools

1 December 2015 15:08

A confusing story about RS (religious studies in schools) from last week has come to my attention. A group of parents…

Chancellor George Osborne tours the National Museum in Beijng where he viewed Chinese antiquities. Picture: PA

Why I’m not talking bunkum

12 November 2015 17:18

When George Osborne travelled to China in September, he took with him gifts of British artistic and cultural enterprise. He…

‘Imperial Federation showing the map of the world, British Empire’, by Captain J.C. Colombo, c.1886 (Royal Geographical Society, London)

Once upon a time… history lessons weren’t so fragmented

26 October 2015 15:12

What might a bright working-class boy from south London have learnt in his school history lessons a hundred years ago?…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

So what if grammars don’t help social mobility?

16 October 2015 14:12

Is the purpose of education to educate or socially engineer? It was announced yesterday that England is to have its…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon explains how a second independence referendum could be ‘unstoppable’

16 October 2015 9:15

Nicola Sturgeon has a plan about how to achieve another independence referendum, even if there won’t be a pledge for one in…


Liberal rot has set into our education system

21 September 2015 13:49

Here’s about as perfect a case of correct analysis, wrong solution, as you are ever likely to get. A leading…


Immigration helps explain Sweden’s school trouble

10 August 2015 17:56

Sweden’s education performance has faltered in the past decades, with scores tumbling in the OECD’s international Pisa survey since the…

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British teachers could learn a thing or two from the Chinese

3 August 2015 16:55

‘Rude, bone idle… and cosseted by the welfare state! Chinese teachers’ damning verdict on British children after spending a month…

UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

Idealists tend to cause far more misery to humanity than cynics

13 July 2015 11:28

I’ve often wondered if Freudian theories could be applied to the Left in the same way they have been applied…

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The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

2 July 2015 16:32

Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January 2012 — he is arguably the most important educationalist in the…


The quality, not quantity, of childcare needs improving

30 June 2015 16:43

The Chancellor has found himself a treasure chest: childcare. In his quest for full employment, it’s seen as crucial for…