Schools

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 support schools in tackling, what she called, this ‘very real threat’. The… Continue reading

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February - Cutting Weather', 1839. A typical day at Dr Swishtail's Academy.

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 the entire nation swinging on their chairs, playing on their… Continue reading

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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 are valued by society in order to stop them running off… Continue reading

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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 Education Secretary to send their own child to private school.… Continue reading

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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 and the endless, irrepressible giggles. The real tragedy about this… Continue reading

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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 at belittling this government’s achievements in improving schools. The real… Continue reading

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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 the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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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 perfectionism in girls’ schools. Her initiative, which she is calling… Continue reading

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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 also true of human capital. Better educated workers create more… Continue reading

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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 sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.… Continue reading

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

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 gap between rich and poor a ‘personal crusade for me’.… Continue reading

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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 needs. Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, delivered the… Continue reading

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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 one. This allegedly was a devious attempt by a group… Continue reading

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Oldknow Academy in Birmingham - one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' inquiry. Photo: Getty,

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 22 podcast, The Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Matthew Parris debate… Continue reading

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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 people, even though the reality is more complicated. Some argue… Continue reading

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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 the inventors, makers and entrepreneurs of decades to come. If… Continue reading

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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 among 21 universities accused of grade inflation after a Higher… Continue reading

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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 found that children as young a four are now routinely… Continue reading

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Is this an offer that Simon Cowell can refuse? (Images: Getty)

Michael Gove offers Simon Cowell guided tour of ‘hundreds’ of state primary schools

12 February 2014 13:27

Michael Gove has been practising one of his favourite sports: winding up Simon Cowell. Last year, the education secretary lambasted the music mogul for encouraging youngsters to live the X-Factor… Continue reading

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There are certain things in Britain about which it is impossible to speak frankly. The birth rate of the Muslim population is a prime subject.

Is the startling rise in Muslim infants as positive as the Times suggests?

10 January 2014 15:51

Today’s Times has a lovely example of positive spin.  The headline is: ‘Rise in Muslim birth rate as families ‘feel British’. The story which gives rise to this headline is… Continue reading

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General Election - Education

PISA rankings are a shot in the arm for education reformers

3 December 2013 10:52

Like measuring water by the handful, calculating the success of the education system at a time of rampant grade inflation is an impossible task. If exam results go up every year… Continue reading

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A school has asked parents to refrain from swearing in front of their children. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/GettyImages)

My kids are bright enough to know when swearing’s not ok

25 November 2013 11:30

The head-teacher of a primary school in East Sussex has written to parents asking them not to swear in front of their children, although reading between the lines I think… Continue reading

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Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Should state education be abolished?

11 November 2013 14:09

These days I find myself so drifting away from the bounds of acceptable opinion that I don’t even shout at Radio 4 for being biased, because I don’t even understand… Continue reading

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Michael Gove supports teachers who do not having Qualified Teacher Status in academies and free schools. Photo: Getty Images.

Qualified teacher status – who believes what?

31 October 2013 20:31

Should pupils in free schools and academies be taught by teachers without Qualified teacher status? This question has become the latest game political ping-pong involving all three parties. So much… Continue reading

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Gove’s school choice can end social segregation. The old system entrenches it

29 October 2013 17:47

Like most foreigners who move to Britain, I was struck when I first arrived by how much people worry about which school their children go to. Even couples who don’t… Continue reading

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