The romantic end of punk: not required for university admissions. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
My Ucca form wouldn't impress today – I was loitering at bustops and listening to The Cure
By Tracey Thorn - 25 June 14:56

I’d love to go back and read that Ucca form now. Or witness the expression on the faces of those who had to consider my application.

Tony Little, headmaster of Eton. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Leader: The Eton reading list
By New Statesman - 25 June 12:10

We must create a culture in which all teenagers have the opportunity to read and discover the best that has been thought and written, not just the privileged few who attend the top fee-charging schools.

Abby Tomlinson's #milifandom became a surprising force in the general election coverage. Photo: Twitter/Rossalyn Warren
Life after Milifandom – and why Ed isn’t to blame if I fail my Russian history AS-level
By Abby Tomlinson - 24 June 13:21

The #milifandom leader Abby Tomlinson on A-levels, the election comedown - and why the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the EU referendum.

A working class candidate can never compete with an Etonian’s “polish”. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Getty
While “poshness tests” are still in use for top jobs, social mobility will stay a national running joke
By Frances Ryan - 16 June 9:27

Until top recruiters stop thinking that a candidate’s “poshness” is an indicator of their ability, social mobility in Britain will never be more than a myth.

Turkish students protest their freedom of speech in Ankara (placards read “Universities belong to the students and they will be free with us”). Photo: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images
From Ukraine to the UK, academic freedom is under threat
By Rachael Jolley - 10 June 11:40

The freedom to think, discuss and disagree is being eroded in institutions around the world.

According to the Sutton Trust, white boys from deprived areas have the worst academic attainment. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Leader: Our educational system is failing working class boys
By New Statesman - 03 June 14:45

What the Sutton Trust calls “Missing Talent” is especially prevalent among the white working class, whose educational performance is worse than any other demographic group’s.

David Cameron and George Osborne pose for a selfie with an apprentice on a recent visit to the Spooner engineering works in Ilkley. Photo: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Further education is an easy target for cuts because the chattering classes don’t care
By Hugo Plowden - 18 March 10:18

The cuts mean that many colleges now depend on exploiting their hardworking staff in order to function.

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The problem with church schools? They run counter to Christian values
By Theo Hobson - 04 March 9:13

Church schools don't help the poorest residents, as they're designed to - instead, they fill with middle-class children whose parents feign faith.

The kids will be alright. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Raising hell: what do we mean by family values in the twenty-first century?
By Melissa Benn - 26 February 10:54

Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift's Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, and Tanith Carey's Taming the Tiger Parent.

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Why we urgently need compulsory sex education
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 17 February 17:03

By failing to make proper sex and relationships education statutory, the government is failing to protect children from bullying, exploitation, and abuse.

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Ed on ed: what would a Miliband government do for education?
By Melissa Benn - 16 February 13:32

The time seems to be right for the Labour leader to lay the foundations of a new, more confident, education policy for his party.

55 per cent of LGBT pupils have had to deal with homophobic bullying at school. Photo: Getty
Is an LGBT school a good idea?
By Eleanor Margolis - 21 January 16:37

If it would protect people from homophobic bullying, could a separate school be worth a try?

Outdated? Pupils in Bristol open their A-level results. Photo: Getty
Kenneth Baker: thinking beyond A-levels
By Kenneth Baker - 18 December 17:00

The Conservative peer and former education secretary writes about the party’s plans for schools. 

Tristram Hunt. Photo: Getty
On schools, Labour finally addresses the 7 per cent problem
By George Kynaston - 11 December 9:52

It is a fallacy that attention to the private-school question will distract from improving state education. For 70 years this has been a tired excuse to avoid a difficult problem. 

Eton College. Photo: Getty
Why do state-school pupils earn less over a lifetime? Because they aren’t taught to dream big
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 10 December 14:22

Private schools instil their children with a sense of entitlement and confidence that is lacking among state-school pupils, argues Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.

Just because you think your children are extraordinary, doesn’t mean they are
By Eddie Brummelman - 03 December 10:11

Although a large majority of parents might believe that praise is invariably beneficial to children, research suggests otherwise.

"Sod it, let's add another two grand to the fees, they'll suck it up." Image: Getty.
Even rich parents don’t benefit from charitable status for schools
By Jonn Elledge - 26 November 15:49

Running schools as charities has simply insulated them from the consequences of their own financial incontinence. 

Charity cases: an assembly at Eton College. Photo: Getty
Forget Tristram Hunt’s tinkering: private schools should have their tax breaks scrapped altogether
By Frances Ryan - 25 November 13:47

Private schools allow the privileged to buy their way into every structure of power in this country with barely a whisper from the rest of us. Why give them tax relief as charities when so many do next to nothing to earn it?   

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On gay rights, the Conservatives are still, unsurprisingly, conservative
By Eleanor Margolis - 03 November 16:00

A much-clarified tweet from the Department for Education serves to remind us that despite the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Conservative Party has yet to catch up on some issues.

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Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates
By Claire Crawford and Anna Vignoles - 30 October 16:21

Three and a half years after finishing university, graduates who attended private schools earn an average of 7 per cent more per year than graduates who went to state school.

Children wait to perform at a ceremony for the new French International School in Beijing, 19 October. Photo: Getty
Letter from Beijing: Inside the private schools educating China’s elite
By Zoe Alsop - 30 October 12:32

In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.

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Why UK universities must steer clear of trigger warnings
By Pam Lowe - 24 October 13:07

It is important for staff to assist and support students while teaching and learning sensitive issues, but we should not be sanitising the curriculum for them.

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.

Students graduate from the University of Birmingham. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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?

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