• The social capital of a private education

    Privately educated pupils earn more – but they also get better “quality” jobs. Why is that, ask Anna Vignoles and Francis Green The role of private schooling has been controversial in England for many decades. Despite being a relatively small part of the school sector (about 7 per cent of pupils), private schools have an

    5.00 Oct. 17th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Inclusion supporters need a winning way with words

    Choose the words you use in the battle against selection with care, says Anita Kerwin-Nye, as they can frame the entire debate. Lots of clever people are writing on inclusion. Julian Astle of the RSA recently published a beautifully argued anti-grammars piece called The RSA Enters the Grammar School Debate. The argument is clear and

    5.00 Oct. 15th, 2016 | Opinion

  • All talk and lots of action

    Supporting all pupils to develop their speech, language and communication skills is everybody’s responsibility and can be a part of every lesson Speech, language and communication needs, or SLCN, is the most common special educational need within state-funded primary schools. But, while the identification of SLCN has increased by about 70 per cent in recent

    7.30 May. 10th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Right Angles: More than one angle on wearing the niqab

    A student sent home for flouting uniform code is not exactly a hard-hitting story. But in a case this week the newspapers were all over just such a story for the simple reason that the student was muslim and her transgression was the wearing of the niqab, a face-covering veil. Reported first by the BBC,

    17.10 Sep. 26th, 2014 | Opinion