Education

Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Britain needs ‘Church schools’ and ‘faith schools’

10 June 2014 17:52

Following Freddy Gray’s piece yesterday about the pundits’ efforts to exploit the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair in order discredit ‘faith’ schools,…

Oh dear. Michael Gove has announced that British schools will teach 'British values'. (Image: Getty)

I dread the thought of my children being taught ‘British values’

10 June 2014 10:44

I’ve been off the past week poncing around Rome in a frilly shirt, and so am naturally gloomy about coming…

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The Trojan Horse affair illuminates a vital difference between the Tories and Labour.

10 June 2014 10:01

The reaction to the Trojan Horse scandal has, in my view, been as interesting – and telling – as anything…

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Labour’s radical schools hypocrisy

7 June 2014 20:29

I see that the Labour party, and Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt in particular, are trying to make political…

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Michael Gove’s moral mission

7 June 2014 11:40

Few modern-day political speeches need to be read in full, but Michael Gove’s today does. The speech to Policy Exchange’s…

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Gove and May ensured the Queen’s Speech wasn’t the day’s main story

4 June 2014 16:38

Downing Street must be hopping mad with Theresa May and Michael Gove for pursuing their own row on the day…

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Michael Gove hasn’t banned Steinbeck – but perhaps he should have.

27 May 2014 17:06

I’ve never quite understood why so many people hate Michael Gove. I mean, really hate him. To my mind his…

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What our parents didn’t know about sex

17 May 2014 13:00

My mum and dad never told me that I was found in a cabbage patch, or delivered by a stork.…

UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

We need better migration data for an effective immigration policy

16 May 2014 11:56

Britain has a long and proud history of opening its doors to the vulnerable and oppressed; of welcoming workers, students…

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Economic growth starts in the classroom

16 May 2014 11:03

If you want to meet the business leaders of the future, visit a school. The children in classrooms today are…

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

The Lib Dems no longer support school choice

12 May 2014 8:19

Throughout this latest, blazing Coalition row over Michael Gove – which is spreading like fire over dry heath and has…

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Why do boys outperform girls at university?

28 April 2014 9:02

According to the university’s own statistics, Oxford is one of the worst places in the country to be a female…

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Don’t blame good results on grade inflation. Blame the teaching

22 April 2014 7:58

I was delighted to read that my university is apparently over-generous when it comes to awarding top degree classes. Oxford is…

The intimate family supper is key to any child's intellectual and emotional development. (Photo by Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images)

Mr Gove, after-school clubs need to learn from family life

20 April 2014 11:23

In news to warm Michael Gove’s heart, a new survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has…

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Elizabeth Truss: look at Wales to see what Labour would do with education

3 April 2014 17:56

Want to see what Labour would do with Michael Gove’s reforms? Just look at Wales, says Elizabeth Truss. At the…

Tristram Hunt at the Spectator schools conference this morning.

Why Tristram Hunt is wrong about free schools

3 April 2014 10:09

‘I’ve come to exorcise you lot,’ said Tristram Hunt cheerfully, as he turned up to deliver the keynote speech in…

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Michael Gove attacks Tristram Hunt for not knowing difference between education and health

24 March 2014 16:23

Education questions is always interesting in the sense that the main players are quite energetic and keen for debate and…

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What I’d like in the Budget: more support for teachers

15 March 2014 16:29

To start on a glamorous note: subsidised bus fares for those in full-time education outside London. I turned 16 in…

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It’s time for the Tories to rally to the aspiration agenda

13 March 2014 17:59

School reform is economically essential for Britain’s future success, morally necessary for a fairer, more socially mobile society and politically…

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Tristram Hunt should worry about failure in council schools, not free schools

13 March 2014 12:10

Tristram Hunt seems delighted today that Britain’s first profit-seeking school has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted. The scores of council-run…

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Gove, Cameron and the myth of ‘state vs private’ schools

10 March 2014 12:51

Will David Cameron send his kids to a state secondary school, as Michael Gove is doing? Today’s papers are following…

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Don’t reduce class sizes: the OECD’s lessons for education in the UK

5 March 2014 17:34

So much of the education debate is about how UK schools perform relative to those in other countries – this…

The value of an arts degree? Illustration: Michael Heath

Should you take a degree to earn money – or to learn how to live?

5 March 2014 15:28

The motion ‘An Arts Degree is a Waste of Time and Money’ was roundly defeated at last night’s Spectator debate,…

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The coalition has stabilised childcare costs – so why do headlines suggest they’re rising?

4 March 2014 16:10

You may have heard about the Family and Childcare Trust’s survey today, about the costs of childcare. You wouldn’t know…

History of Art is more than just a subject for nice girls with nice hair

History of Art shouldn’t just be a subject for posh girls

4 March 2014 15:48

There’s a campaign running at the moment to rebrand History of Art and clear up some of the myths surrounding…