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. 

A pupil raises a hand to answer a question in class. Photo: Getty
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 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.

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

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?

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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.

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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.