Heatwave: but part of the East Anglian coast contains some of England's poorest-performing schools: Photo: Getty
Ukip does well in areas with failing schools
By Tim Wigmore - 24 July 13:00

Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Waveney all fall in the area of East Anglia where Ukip recorded its best results in local elections. They also contain some of the country’s worst schools.

Generation Ritalin: between 10 and 30% of students are estimated to have taken ADHD medication. Photo Getty
Revising on Ritalin: the students who use ADHD meds
By Ajit Niranjan - 24 July 13:00

Between 10 and 30 per cent of British university students have taken pills such as Modafinil and Ritalin to improve their memory and heighten their concentration.

Michael Gove searches the heavens for more enemies of promise. Image: Getty.
Michael Gove: my part in his downfall
By Jonn Elledge - 16 July 14:16

Seven habits of highly unpopular people.

The London Oratory School has been found to have broken broken an unprecedented 105 aspects of the School Admissions Code. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The London Oratory is just the latest faith school to use religion to exclude poor pupils
By Richy Thompson - 16 July 14:08

The Roman Catholic state school – which was attended by two of Tony Blair’s children and where Nick Clegg’s son is currently a pupil – has been censured for using a faith-based entry system to cherrypick white, privileged pupils.

Being a vet is now more about managing herds than caring for individual animals. Photo: Getty
It’s no longer James Herriot in wellies: the harsh reality of becoming a modern vet
By India Ross - 14 July 12:30

The demand for places at the UK’s seven existing vet schools vastly exceeds supply, and universities are expanding to take advantage of the fees on offer. And yet, the veterinary profession they will enter has changed beyond recognition.

Rising cities.
If you want to go to university, you’re better off poor in London than rich anywhere else
By Haf Davies - 07 July 13:00

Reports show that London schools are outperforming the rest of the country. And it’s not just London - the “city effect” is improving results in Birmingham and Manchester too.

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The student fight for all university staff to be paid a living wage
By Natasha Turner - 26 June 10:00

I believe it’s important that students uphold the employment standards that we would want to see for ourselves.

Dame Angelina: Jolie delivers her speech at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London 13 June. Photo: Getty
Naughty parents, supermarket schooling and Angelina Jolie's campaigning
By Peter Wilby - 26 June 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.

Technology can even free teachers from admin, leaving more time to devlote to pupils. Photo: Getty
The latest learning technology can raise standards of education for everyone
By Matthew Hancock - 18 June 12:25

To get the best out of it, investment in learning technology needs to be results driven.

Football in the playground at Davenant Foundation Grammar School in Stepney, 1964. Photo: Getty
Despite good intentions, grammar school selection was dysfunctional right from the start
By Gerald Haigh - 13 June 9:53

The tragedy lay in the way the system was allowed to continue long past the point where its failings were clear.

Toby Young with Boris Johnson and school pupils at the opening of his West London Free School in 2011. Photo: Getty
The £1.1bn question: should we have the right to know why some schools succeed and others don’t?
By Helen Lewis - 12 June 10:00

My teacher friend requested information about free schools from the DfE under FoI law. After a year and a half of appeals ruling in her favour, the DfE still refuses to release the information. Now it’s going to court. 

Michael Gove about to make a speech on education earlier this year.
Gove urges schools to teach British values. But what are they?
By Lucy Fisher - 10 June 11:54

Liberal or pluralist multiculturalism?

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system.
Grammar schools don’t help the poor – the evidence grows
By Tim Wigmore - 29 May 17:28

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system. 

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Grammar schools widen the gap between rich and poor. Why are we still surprised by this?
By Frances Ryan - 29 May 15:14

Meritocracy – embodied in the grammar school system – is concerned with achieving equality between equals and permitting inequality between un-equals.

A student revises.
Gove’s provincial syllabus is not the issue: English literature GCSE is slowly being phased out
By Philip Maughan - 29 May 9:30

Reforms set to take effect from September 2015 will see English literature become an optional subject, reserved for only the brightest students, which will not count to schools’ Ofstead rankings.

 

Oxford Union plaque. Photo: Flickr
Oxford Union speakers urged to withdraw after rape allegations against president
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 May 11:50

The women’s officer of Oxford’s student union, OUSU, and another student have started a campaign for the Oxford Union president to resign from his post after he was accused of rape and attempted rape.

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
Leader: The free schools experiment spirals out of control
By New Statesman - 14 May 13:34

All resources should be concentrated on ensuring that no child is denied the basic right to an education.

Wait is over: GCSE students at a Bristol academy pick up their results, August 2013. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny: how to pass your damn exams
By Laurie Penny - 12 May 10:00

You know, and I know, that exams are an awful hazing ritual, but to beat the system you must first learn how to play it.

A tribute to Ann Maguire on the school fence at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Photo: Getty
Why does it take a murder for right-wingers to start treating state school teachers with respect?
By Peter Wilby - 29 April 16:28

If only right-wing papers and politicians were always as generous to state school teachers as they have been in the past few days to Ann Maguire, the teacher who was stabbed to death by a pupil at a Catholic secondary school in Leeds.

One of the “I, too, am Oxford” campaign images. Photo: itooamoxford.tumblr.com
The “I, too, am Oxford” whiteboards aren’t perfect, but they’re better than nothing
By Samira Shackle - 19 March 10:44

Of course, whiteboards do not have the space for the full complexity of the arguments about racial insensitivity, not do they represent everybody’s experiences, but they can start an important discussion about the micro-aggressions that make it difficult to express offence.

Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
Why was the government’s academies programme so rushed?
By Jonn Elledge - 01 March 11:13

It’s unfair to equate the failure of providers such as E-Act with the failure of the whole academies programme. But if academies had been introduced more slowly, could this have been avoided?

The invisible prejudice that’s holding female teachers back
By Kate Chhatwal - 28 February 16:37

Even when you account for all other factors, female teachers are less likely than their male counterparts to become head of their school. Would all-women shortlists help counterbalance the casual sexism of school recruitment boards?

Why don't we care that the further education budget has just been cut by 20 per cent?
By Jonn Elledge - 14 February 11:52

The Adult Skills Budget, which funds all non-academic education for those 19 or over, is being cut by a fifth between now and 2015-16. The least we can do is pay attention.

Our segregated education system perpetuates inequality and holds our nation back
By Michael Gove - 12 February 20:54

The education secretary responds to the <i>NS</i> debate on public schools.

The NS debate: what should we do about education’s Berlin Wall?
By New Statesman - 06 February 13:18

Leading educationalists respond to the question of public schools.

How a gift for puncturing fads left one academic lonely but right
By Ed Smith - 06 February 8:29

The academic George Watson was an anti-Marxist but never a conservative.

Creationism and the “conspiracy” of evolution: inside the UK's evangelical schools
By Jonny Scaramanga - 05 February 9:02

Teaching creationism is unquestionably harmful, but should we be trying to ban it? Jonny Scaramanga, a former pupil at an evangelical school, examines how we are failing to hold such institutions to account.

Does Michael Gove think he can extend school hours through sheer force of personality?
By Jonn Elledge - 04 February 15:17

There are a lot of different factors to consider before the school day can be extended – the type of activities on offer, how you're staffing them, whether more affluent parents should pay – but the education secretary hasn't been clear on any of the deta

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