Does a better social mix make these schools acceptable? The left has been silent on this issue for the past 40 years.
A politics-free period in schools could improve outcomes faster than any policy change.
As the top-performing countries in Asia and Europe demonstrate, excellence and equality are not in opposition – they go hand in hand.
Britain has a clear and shameful lack of social mobility, and private, fee-paying schools are symbolic of the wider link between how much money your parents have and how much opportunity you’re given.
The World Innovation Summit for Education awards $500,000 to the most innovative teacher - but British attitudes toward education mean that it's unlikely to ever be awarded to a teacher from the UK.
The question of degrees, earnings and careers is a common one. But which subjects did the world's wealthiest individuals take at university, and how did it help them?
Comparing teachers to parents doesn’t just de-professionalise them; it places ridiculous, unachievable expectations on them in addition to those they’re under already.
There is a tiny, nagging part of my brain that thinks I should be more like Rosa.
The new shadow education secretary's eloquence and media savviness will allow him to challenge the self-confident Michael Gove.
Even if 90 per cent of Free Schools are brilliant, it is not okay to sacrifice 400 children in a process that was obviously foolish from the outset.
An open letter on the government's decision to limit schools' ability to enter students early for GCSEs.
You wouldn't feel guilty about buying a house, a car, or a holiday, so why feel guilty about paying for your children's education? Well, here's why.
Is boarding school really a form of abuse, as some have claimed? Fred Wienand argues that our view of schooling away from home is stuck in the 19th century.
Increasingly, just as poverty itself is linked to ignorance or moral failings, poor parenting is associated with being poor.
The debate around affordable higher education usually revolves around tuition fees - but there are far greater costs to going to university.
The increase in the leaving age this year will be hard to deliver. The next one, due in 2015, will be damned near impossible. And what are politicians doing about it? Very little, says Jonn Elledge.
But good grades don’t always make great workers.
Rafael Behr sets out the dividing lines on education.
In principle, it's a good idea, but the Government’s School Direct scheme isn’t attracting enough schools. Are we heading for a shortage of teachers?
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
Tabatha Leggett visits A C Grayling's elite start-up, where the first intake of students are getting to grips with life at a private university.
In our hypermediated world, where we choose to bestow our attention has become a matter of commercial interest. Joshua Cohen, an American novelist and critic, has drawn up a history of attention in short, attention-grabbing episodes, from the dawn of writ
I’m only seventeen. The continued popularity of Shakespearean adaptations is a great thing for young people.
As one of the school’s scholarship exam questions shows, young boys are encouraged to think that humanity, compassion, even sense are secondary to winning. This is how we’ve ended up with politicians who will enact any policy, no matter the human cost, ju
Richard J Evans challenges Michael Gove’s history agenda.
New Statesman editor Jason Cowley speaks to Anthony Little, headmaster of Eton College, about the role of public schools, the new crop of Etonians ruling public life and Gove's education reforms.
Teachers must wish Michael Gove worked shorter days and took longer holidays - then his department might stop coming up with so many ill-considered changes to the education system.
What can we do about it?
The Education Secretary’s combative methods are going to result in bad policy. His them-and-us style is alienating the middle ground and polarising the debate.
The rote sets in.