grammar schools

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…

Theresa May: We have selection in state schools already, selection by house price

7 September 2016 21:00

Theresa May received the traditional desk banging reception when she addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. May pleased Tory…

The Spectator podcast: The memory gap. Is technology taking over our minds?

11 August 2016 7:54

Smartphone ownership is predicted to hit 2.5 billion by 2019 and 60 per cent of internet traffic now comes through…

New grammars won’t do more for social mobility than comprehensives. But there is a third way

9 August 2016 8:17

One of David Cameron’s last acts as Prime Minister was to approve an application by Ashlawn School in Rugby to…

Theresa May should beware of grammar schools

8 August 2016 10:17

In 1960, my father failed the eleven-plus. He was lucky: his parents could afford to send him to a private…

So what if grammars don’t help social mobility?

16 October 2015 14:12

Is the purpose of education to educate or socially engineer? It was announced yesterday that England is to have its…

Idealists tend to cause far more misery to humanity than cynics

13 July 2015 11:28

I’ve often wondered if Freudian theories could be applied to the Left in the same way they have been applied…

Sir John Major is right about education and privilege in modern Britain

12 November 2013 12:18

Sir John Major is, of course, correct. It is depressing, though perhaps not surprising, that the British upper-middle-classes – that…