Education

Worrying about schools is more than a middle-class obsession

23 November 2018 9:21

The yearly scramble for school places is about to start and, as all British parents know, trying to find a…

How the Tories’ education shake-up risks alienating Jewish voters

12 October 2018 9:39

Labour desperately needs to win over Jewish voters if Jeremy Corbyn is to make it to Downing Street. At the…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

Why are 27,000 fewer boys going to university than girls?

16 August 2018 17:39

Despite the numerous photos doing the rounds of girls celebrating their exam results today, one of the main headlines from A-Level…

Are grammar schools unfair?

11 May 2018 16:36

Those dread words ‘Grammar schools’ are back in the news again. The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has today announced a…

The Tories will regret backtracking on faith schools

11 May 2018 12:13

The archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, got it right: the Government has broken its manifesto promise on church schools –…

Justine Greening is wrong to pick on Eton

1 May 2018 12:37

The former education secretary, Justine Greening, has urged firms to discriminate against applicants from Eton on the grounds that it is…

Why we must save the Open University

9 April 2018 14:22

I was sorry to read about the difficulties facing the Open University today. The Mail splashed on the story, while…

Church school critics ought to be consistent on selective education

4 March 2018 14:58

This week my daughter, 11, got the equivalent of a whopping scratch card win in the lottery of life; she…

Does Theresa May know what she’s getting herself into?

19 February 2018 14:08

What does Theresa May want post-18 education to look like? The Prime Minister’s plans for tuition fees are getting the…

Damian Hinds reveals how constrained May is on domestic policy

18 February 2018 17:24

Theresa May hasn’t had many opportunities to talk about domestic policy since the snap election. It’s probably fair to say,…

Faith schools are more diverse than their critics make out

19 January 2018 13:48

Ever willing to exploit my children, I asked them yesterday just how many actual English children there were in their…

In defence of Toby Young, by Toby Young

3 January 2018 12:40

Shortly after midnight on 1 January my phone began to vibrate repeatedly. Happy New Year messages from absent friends? No,…

Critics of grammar schools are wrong

26 October 2017 12:51

Bright but poor kids have been failed for decades. Since the abolition of grammar school expansion some forty years ago,…

MPs are undermining Britain’s world-class university system

26 October 2017 12:38

The debate about universities in the last few days has been extremely frustrating. Britain has the two best universities in…

It is unfair to blame Oxford for the low number of black undergraduates

20 October 2017 12:44

David Lammy has been making headlines today, accusing Oxford of ‘social apartheid’ because it offers so few places to black…

Prince George should be at a state school

7 September 2017 12:01

I don’t want to come across like Dave Spart, but I am a bit disappointed that William and Kate have…

The new GCSEs are a vital reform to challenge a failing system

24 August 2017 8:45

‘If you’ve got English, maths and science that’s fantastic, but does every single plumber, every single car mechanic, every single…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…

The government should think again before scrapping its free schools plan

11 July 2017 10:28

On the front page of today’s Times it says ministers are thinking of scrapping the free schools policy in order…

The SNP’s muddled education policy is failing Scottish kids

9 May 2017 12:21

I am afraid that whenever a politician asks to be judged on their record, it is sensible to assume this…

Like them or not, Theresa May’s grammar school plans will end the postcode lottery of education

8 April 2017 9:30

Grammar Schools. Now there’s a potent pair of words. Mention them, and genial conversation will instantly shift into awkward silence…

VAT on fees? Our greedy private schools have it coming

6 April 2017 8:31

The standard conservative response to Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to impose VAT on private schools would be to attack it as…

The Government is doing nothing to tackle GCSE grade inflation

28 March 2017 17:46

The whole purpose of changing the grading structure for GCSE exams was supposed to be to guard against the curse…

T-levels (alone) won’t prepare us for the 4th industrial revolution

8 March 2017 12:58

The Chancellor has chosen to invest £500m in technical education, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves that the new ‘T-levels’ will…