Education

Life isn’t easy for Gove’s guinea pigs. I should know – I am one

19 December 2014 17:12

Westminster hasn’t made life easy if you are a 16-year-old. Michael Gove’s education reforms are well underway but the reorganisation…

This is how you can fight the Taleban

17 December 2014 18:26

The murder of over a hundred children by the Taleban in Peshawar left people furious but also frustrated. What can we…

Class war at Education questions

1 December 2014 17:13

Labour is very pleased with the amount of attention it garnered for its new private schools policy when Tristram Hunt…

Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new

28 November 2014 15:39

The Shadow Education Secretary is suggesting that private schools provide qualified teachers to help deliver specialist subject knowledge to state…

Educational apartheid is Scotland’s greatest national disgrace

4 November 2014 16:11

A while back I was speaking at one of those How did it all go so wrong? post-referendum discussions and,…

Teachers should decide the curriculum, not politicians or a panel of ‘experts’

2 November 2014 8:39

David Laws is an honourable, clear-thinking politician – but looming general elections (and, in the Liberal Democrats’ case, threatened extinction)…

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

24 October 2014 16:20

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

Watch: James Delingpole finds Michael Gove lurking in his garden

16 October 2014 15:24

Mr Steerpike is not really sure what is going on here, but he felt it deserved a wider audience. So…

Without Michael Gove the Tories have no moral mission on education

30 September 2014 19:05

Why is Nicky Morgan the Education Secretary? She’s long been billed as a rising star in the government and has…

What two years—and a free school—can do for exam results

15 August 2014 19:36

For the first time in 32 years, the overall pass rate for A-levels has dropped, and the percentage of those…

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…

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…

Why does Richard Evans choose to vent his spleen on untrained teachers?

29 July 2014 13:51

I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by…

Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt respond to the ‘Trojan horse’ schools report

22 July 2014 13:45

Nicky Morgan described the findings of Peter Clarke’s report into the Birmingham schools scandal as ‘disturbing’, and laid out how…

Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09

Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in…

Nicky Morgan passes her first test as Education Secretary

21 July 2014 15:53

Nicky Morgan came to parliament today to praise Michael Gove, not to bury him: ‘It is a privilege,’ she said,…

Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

21 July 2014 14:09

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and…

Yvette, don’t tell schoolboys to call themselves feminists

11 July 2014 19:03

In the Independent this week, Yvette Cooper suggested that British boys should grow up as ‘confident feminists’. They need to have…

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…

Generation Y: A jilted generation, or just a bunch of whingers?

19 June 2014 16:50

Generation Y – are they really a jilted generation, or do they have absolutely no reason to be complaining about…

Scaremongering and smearing: just another day in the Scottish referendum campaign.

17 June 2014 19:50

I was surprised to discover this morning that Gordon Brown last night suggested the Scottish education system should be abolished…

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…

Michael Gove is being helped by Labour’s poor discipline and weak attacks

16 June 2014 18:00

It doesn’t really matter whether Dominic Cummings’ Times interview was unhelpful to Michael Gove. Labour has just been about as…

The government’s plans to embrace technology in the classroom

16 June 2014 17:24

How can technology help British students to acquire the skills they need to succeed? This is the question that Matthew…

David Cameron is a Tory, not a radical. Which is both a strength and a problem.

16 June 2014 13:07

There is much to enjoy in Dominic Cummings’ glorious attack on the ghastliness of Britain’s political system. It is a…