Shami Chakrabarti joins the ranks of lefty hypocrites

10 October 2016 15:46

Congratulations to Shami – sorry Baroness! – Chakrabarti for joining the exciting, ever-growing pantheon of ultra-left wing metropolitan Labour hypocrites.…

Tory backbenchers toe the line on grammar schools – for now

8 September 2016 16:14

There were two striking things about today’s urgent question on grammar schools. The first was that MPs were told far…

Theresa May’s grammar school plans provoke a mixed reaction

8 September 2016 9:03

Theresa May has told Tory MPs she won’t ‘turn back the clock’ on grammar schools. But she also didn’t rule…

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Parents willing to pay tens of thousands more to live near a top school

5 September 2016 12:59

I have no recollection of my first day at school. I was four-years-old so it’s not surprising that I can’t dredge…

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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…


What schools don’t want you to know about rugby

2 March 2016 9:29

Today, I have joined 70 doctors and academics in writing to the government calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches,…


It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

27 January 2016 14:55

This is the cover piece of this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

Tory MPs expect changes to school funding

6 November 2015 12:21

A running sore in the Tory party is the way in which school funding is allocated. Under the current arrangements, a school…

Jeremy Corbyn's Policy Ideas For Young People Launch

Labour asks school pupils to act as informants ahead of vote

27 August 2015 11:46

Although Buzzfeed managed to successfully register a cat to vote in the Labour leadership election, the party remains insistent that…

Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan speaks at the Conservative party manifesto launch on April 14, 2015 in Swindon, England.

Nicky Morgan: intolerance of homosexuality in schools may be a sign of extremism

30 June 2015 9:19

Nicky Morgan is taking the fight against radicalisation into the classroom. On the Today programme, the Education Secretary outlined what her department is doing to…

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How to grapple with discipline in schools

21 June 2015 20:29

The government’s new school discipline leader Tom Bennett has a difficult brief; he’s in charge of stopping the schoolchildren of…


Coffee Shots: Introducing ‘ISIS Schools’

18 June 2015 14:04

Earlier this week the chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that schools needed to show Muslim pupils that they…


Tristram Hunt: Education Secretaries can send their kids private

23 April 2015 16:17

In the Daily Politics education debate just now on the BBC, Tristram Hunt declared that it was acceptable for an…

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The tragedy of these sex education plans is that five year olds might miss the joke

20 February 2015 11:52

Most people look back fondly at their sex education classes, remembering the stammering, red faced teachers, the very silly jokes…


The Conservatives will lose votes if they fail to defend their school reforms

30 January 2015 8:51

We can be sure that between now and May there will be an endless barrage of lies and disinformation aimed…

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making…

Students Throughout The UK Receive Their A Level Results

Stop mollycoddling girls and let them compete with each other

7 August 2014 14:21

I was pleased to read this week that my old headmistress, Judith Carlisle, has launched a campaign to root out…

An Overview Of Eton College

The state should send many more poor children to private schools

29 July 2014 15:08

Better capital makes us richer. That’s uncontroversial when it comes to fixed capital like machine tools and computers, but it’s…

Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

24 July 2014 10:15

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading.  ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and…


Michael Gove’s ‘personal crusade’

10 July 2014 9:25

Michael Gove’s speech to today’s education reform conference is a robust defence of his reforms. He calls closing the attainment…

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What’s the best way to prepare young people for employment?

17 June 2014 10:22

Britain’s skills crisis was addressed by the country’s leading educationalists today at The Spectator’s half-day conference, Giving Britain the skills it…

Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

How should we respond to events in Birmingham?

13 June 2014 17:25

As metaphors go, calling the alleged plot to take over schools in Birmingham a ‘Trojan Horse’ is a pretty powerful…

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Podcast: the betrayal of British Muslims and the new Iraq war

12 June 2014 9:50

Do we need to take more action to tackle the Islamist threat in British schools? On this week’s View from…

Nick Clegg Visits A Nursery To Promote Free Childcare

Nick Clegg wants greater control over academies and the curriculum

10 June 2014 8:58

The ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in Birmingham is, inevitably, being used to prove the pet arguments nurtured by a number of…

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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…