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Osborne's ringfence cycle

28 November 2015 9:00 am

By now, George Osborne had hoped to have completed his austerity programme. Instead, he finds himself making what is, still,…


Guinness and oysters — or beef and Haut-Brion — in deepest Ireland

21 November 2015 9:00 am

We were talking about the West of Ireland and agreed that there were few greater gastronomic pleasures than a slowly…


How education jargon hurts children

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Schools are becoming addicted to acronyms. It’s not just silly, it’s dangerous

Letters: The Church of England should apologise for abuse accusations

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The C of E should apologise Sir: Peter Hitchens’s article on the allegations against the late Bishop Bell is a…

Letters: Nicholas Serota answers Toby Young on arts teaching

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The power of creativity Sir: A rounded education should encourage creativity as well as maths, English, science and history if…

Combining practical work with academic study can kick-start a rewarding career without student debt

A degree of experience: what apprenticeships offer our brightest young people

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Four high-flying apprentices tell Camilla Swift how they had to defy school pressure pushing them towards university

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There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…


Why I’m glad my piano teacher spent more time chatting than teaching

17 October 2015 8:00 am

At the entrance to Marylebone railway station is an old piano that anyone can play. Unfortunately, whoever had this sweet…


Nicky Morgan's pitch for the Tory leadership

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan thinks a woman should run to be the next Tory leader


Lessons in prudence at my old primary school

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Reality Check

Playing it cool: Nicole Kidman as Rosalind Franklin

Nicole Kidman is upstaged by everyone - even the set: Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward reviewed

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Michael Grandage’s latest show is about an old snap. Geneticists regard the X-ray of the hydrated ‘B’ form of DNA…

Dear Mary: How can I make visiting friends realise it is a burden to take them to see the sights?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Q. I am an impoverished artist living in a famously cheap European city, largely for reasons of economy. I love…

Calais Migrants Attempt To Find A Way To Reach The UK

Meet the librarians – and book borrowers – of the Calais Jungle

19 September 2015 8:00 am

In the middle of the Calais migrant camp, there is a book-filled haven of peace


At age two, my August-born son is already being marked out for failure

12 September 2015 9:00 am

My August-born toddler is being marked out for failure – thank God the rules are changing


What I’ve learned helping to found a specialist free school

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Lessons from the first year of our specialist maths school

What happens when they’ve climbed the ladder?

The lessons of exam results season (and what to do about them)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Every year without fail, as the trees start thinking about losing their leaves, the papers are full of the same…


How to help black boys afraid of ‘acting white’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Black British boys are being held back by fear of betraying their background. Immigrant children know how to deal with that

Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Rogue traders Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could…

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are…

Seth McFarlane returns to the Proms to celebrate Frank Sinatra with the John Wilson Orchestra

The Proms is taxpayers’ money well spent: it’s a national asset like fish and chips and the royal baby

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the Proms, whose 2015 season was launched last night, would not, could not, exist without the BBC,…

Would the return of the drachma mean a bonanza for banknote printers?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Bank job Should we buy shares in companies which print banknotes in expectation of one getting to print millions of…

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Must all Children’s Laureates be tedious lefties?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Unless you’re an avid reader of the Guardian, you’re probably blissfully unaware that Britain has a new Children’s Laureate. His…

Toffs And Toughs

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on…


Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Quite often when I deliver myself of an opinion to a friend or colleague, the reply will come back: ‘Are…

From Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Thomas Hughes

How the public schools survived

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…