A student sits on the stairs at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder. Photo: Getty
How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees
By Barbara Kehm - 13 October 13:51

Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded.

Is the capacity for educational achievement something you can inherit? Photo: Getty
How genes can influence children’s exam results
By Eva Krapohl and Kaili Rimfeld - 07 October 12:31

Education is more than what happens passively to a child.

We need to accept that university isn't for everyone. Photo: Getty
University cannot become “free for all”
By Jess Williams - 23 September 15:21

With the government planning to abolish student number controls in English universities, will the prestige of university be lost?

Students graduating from Liverpool John Moores University. Photo: Getty
One in four students experience unwanted sexual advances. What can we do about it?
By Toni Pearce - 15 September 11:45

Harassment is rife in UK universities – the passing the buck approach of “not on my campus” is no longer acceptable.

The top ten toys for boys includes Thomas the Tank Engine. Photo: Getty
To bridge the gendered toy gap, we need to spend less time celebrating femininity and more time attacking masculinity
By Glosswitch - 10 September 14:00

Our children’s toy choices tell us something not just about how they see themselves, but how they see the world we’re creating for them.

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In defence of idle students
By George Gillett - 26 August 10:21

Students graduating from university face huge debt, a difficult job market and declining starting salaries. Despite this, we shouldn’t allow education to become dominated by economics.

Students open their exam results at Winterbourne Academy, near Bristol. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
GCSE results day reveals the sinister side of social media
By George Gillett - 21 August 10:30

As students across the country receive their GCSE results, many will be realising that there is no escape from comparisons with their peers thanks to the growth of social media. But does it represent the truth?

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
What is the value of university?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 14 August 18:05

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects. 

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.

 

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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 on being in education: 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.

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