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

Education’s Berlin Wall: the private schools conundrum
By David Kynaston and George Kynaston - 03 February 22:09

Does a better social mix make these schools acceptable? The left has been silent on this issue for the past 40 years.

It's time to give our education system a year off from reform
By Joe Hallgarten - 13 January 14:17

A politics-free period in schools could improve outcomes faster than any policy change.

The lesson of the PISA results: high performance in education means helping your poorest children
By Hollie Warren - 03 December 18:49

As the top-performing countries in Asia and Europe demonstrate, excellence and equality are not in opposition – they go hand in hand.

John Major is right - in education, money still buys a better chance of success
By Frances Ryan - 11 November 14:51

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.

Why innovative teaching is unlikely to come from the UK
By Jonn Elledge - 01 November 11:52

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.

Notre Dame.
The top ten university degrees taken by millionaires
By Oliver Williams - 30 October 13:16

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?

New Statesman
Comparing teachers to parents is nothing more than emotional blackmail
By Glosswitch - 29 October 10:07

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.

Chinese class.
Squeezed Middle: We all want to equip our kids for the future, but Mandarin at four years old?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 24 October 7:10

There is a tiny, nagging part of my brain that thinks I should be more like Rosa.

Leader: Tristram Hunt could allow Labour to regain control of the education debate
By New Statesman - 18 October 14:02

The new shadow education secretary's eloquence and media savviness will allow him to challenge the self-confident Michael Gove.

A pupil holds a pencil during a maths lesson
Five lessons from Derby: The Significance of Al-Madinah Free School
By Laura McInerney - 18 October 9:57

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.

Pupils sitting exams
"Students and schools are just collateral damage in party political squabbles"
By Tony Smith - 12 October 8:49

An open letter on the government's decision to limit schools' ability to enter students early for GCSEs.

New Statesman
Is private school like "social leprosy"?
By Frances Ryan - 02 October 13:12

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.

In defence of boarding school
By Fred Wienand - 27 September 15:00

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.

New Statesman
The only good parent is a wealthy one
By Glosswitch - 19 September 14:14

Increasingly, just as poverty itself is linked to ignorance or moral failings, poor parenting is associated with being poor.

Students graduating.
Adding up the hidden costs of university
By Jon Manning - 17 September 11:00

The debate around affordable higher education usually revolves around tuition fees - but there are far greater costs to going to university.

School's not out anymore: will raising the school leaving age change anything?
By Jonn Elledge - 05 September 15:52

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.

John Betjeman at Somerset House in 1975.
This is the age of educational anxiety
By Ed Smith - 30 August 13:36

But good grades don’t always make great workers.

All schools must thrive
By Rafael Behr - 30 August 7:03

Rafael Behr sets out the dividing lines on education.

A maths teacher writes on a whiteboard
Why isn't the Government’s School Direct scheme attracting enough schools?
By Steven Baxter - 01 August 12:09

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?

New Statesman
Summer is here, with its insufferable rich people and A-level results
By Nicholas Lezard - 25 July 9:35

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

The New College of the Humanities: Would you pay double university fees for a better education?
By Tabatha Leggett - 25 June 10:38

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.

People sitting in front of laptops, some looking at the screen, others not.
Attention! by Joshua Cohen: "Since using the computer, since using the internet, it’s as if my mind itself has evanesced"
By Jon Day - 15 June 12:00

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

New Statesman
I owe everything I know about Shakespeare to Baz Lurhmann
By Agatha Elliott - 13 June 14:34

I’m only seventeen. The continued popularity of Shakespearean adaptations is a great thing for young people.

Laurie Penny on The Eton Scholarship Question: this is how the British elite are trained to think
By Laurie Penny - 24 May 15:52

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