New Statesman
Eton eternal: How one school came to dominate public life
By Jason Cowley - 08 May 14:41

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.

Michael Gove wants longer school days because . . . reasons
By Glosswitch - 20 April 9:18

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.

Not everyone who disagrees with Gove is a "wrecker" or an "enemy of promise"
By Jonn Elledge - 25 March 13:28

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.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

An empty lecture theatre at the Sorbonne.
Celebrity professors, online lectures and employability classes
By Philip Maughan - 11 March 16:24

Sir Michael Barber’s “revolution” in higher education.

The parents, the politician and the carpet bagger
By Harvey Woolfe - 31 January 11:47

Academi£s and Lies: A Story about Forced Academisation.

Kenneth Baker’s history lesson
By George Eaton - 31 January 6:22

The former Conservative Education Secretary is sceptical about Michael Gove's free schools.

David Cameron visiting a London Early Years Foundation nursery
Fewer people with more qualifications can’t make childcare better
By Glosswitch - 30 January 11:02

Childcare qualifications are great, but they don’t help you look after more children at once, as the government seems to be hoping.

The fall in student applications could devastate the UK’s creative economy
By Simon Ofield-Kerr - 30 January 8:42

The changes to student finance, the promotion of STEM subjects through the EBacc and visa issues for international students are all discouraging potential students from realising their talents by following a creative arts degree.

Stop blaming state school pupils for their lack of 'confidence'
By Glosswitch - 20 January 9:22

It’s easy to claim richer students are more confident because of their superior education, but it may be more accurate to say they’re more confident because they’re rich.

Children are often far better at dealing with transness than adults
How a trans teacher showed adults have more hang-ups about gender than primary school kids
By Jane Fae - 14 January 9:36

Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jane Fae explains why the "think of the children" reaction to transness is just a technique for concealing overt prejudice.

Illustration by Melinda Gebbie.
The Goebbels of the English language
By Alan Moore - 19 December 7:10

We cannot state conclusively that anything is true.

B is for bad grammar.
Grammar and spelling pedants: this is why you're wrong
By Martha Gill - 18 December 13:39

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

Labour must reject Gove's approach in its entirety
By Roger Titcombe - 04 December 13:57

False claims for the success of academies have been swallowed whole by an uncritical media.

Michael Gove.
Why is Whirlwind Gove acting so fast?
By David Harris - 03 December 12:20

By dismantling educational infrastructure at such a speed, Gove is ensuring that his successors as Education Secretary will struggle to reverse what he's done.

New Statesman
How knowledge makes you stupid
By Martha Gill - 29 November 6:59

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Scary maths
Teaching kids to fear maths will harm Britain's chances in the global economy
By Michael Brooks - 22 November 11:38

The prospect of learning maths scares us, but actually doing the proper stuff is rather enjoyable.

New Statesman
Opposing misbegotten government policies and philosophies on universities
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 22 November 5:51

The concept of the university as a home for disinterested pursuit of scholarship has been under attack for almost 30 years.

A new comprehensive vision for education
By Neal Lawson - 19 November 11:02

The three parties are united behind a failed education consensus. We need a new system that promotes cooperation, not competition.

James Dyson would like us all to get rich by inventing vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaners vs French lesbian poetry: The eternal battle
By Glosswitch - 17 November 11:26

James Dyson is dead wrong - studying things like "French lesbian poetry” can make people's lives better, even if they don't suck dirt up off carpets.

Girls at the Lamwo Kuc Ki Gen High School, northern Uganda
The learning curve
By Sophie McBain - 15 November 10:20

In 2016, commercial-scale oil production will begin in Uganda. But with only a quarter of all its children in secondary school, how can more of the people – especially girls – benefit from its new wealth?

Michael Gove's muddled thinking on teacher training
By George Eaton - 26 October 9:00

The Education Secretary plans to introduce tougher tests for trainee teachers, whilst allowing academies to hire unqualified teachers.

The profit motive won’t improve our schools
By Jonathan Clifton - 18 October 13:08

There is no evidence that commercial companies would improve results.

New Statesman
Labour isn’t working
By Li Fangping - 18 October 8:07

The re-education through labour system (known in Chinese as laojiao) is a form of punishment with “Chinese characteristics”. It can be handed down without a trial or prosecution and defence.

New Statesman
Tuition fees make students obsess about "value for money" from their education
By Steven Baxter - 15 October 9:46

As a second-time student who now pays the fees, Steven Baxter has noticed a change in his attitude to learning.

We can't afford to leave foreign students out in the cold
By Yo Zushi - 04 October 17:06

Especially all night, in queues.

Michael Gove
Word Games: Ebacc
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 September 11:02

It lends itself to headlines, I suppose: “Ebacc to the future”, and so on. But there is nothing very beautiful about the new exam name. Not that exam names have much form. GCSEs were things of acronymic hideousness. O-levels didn’t have much to recommend them either, poetically speaking.

Michael Gove.
Poor marks for Gove-levels
By Rowenna Davis - 20 September 8:30

The education secretary believes some of our children are chaff and they must be separated from the wheat.

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