Katharine Birbalsingh

Katharine Birbalsingh

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates controlled their children’s access to iPads and smartphones. All parents should be following their example

A free school head advises the Education Secretary to abolish Ofsted and cut the burden of red tape if she wants the state system to stop failing pupils

Michael Gove was hated because people prefer the bigotry of low expectations to fixing Britain’s education system. But he was right

Inspectors trust good schools to control pupils’ behaviour. So why do they try to impose child-centred teaching? It’s time for reform

Michael Gove’s proposal that teachers be rewarded financially for achieving targets undermines the very ethos of the profession

‘In 1987 the majority of England cricketers were state-educated. Now most professional sportsmen are educated privately — including black children’

‘We used to point to the fact that teachers didn’t know grammar. Now the inspectors judging the teachers don’t know it either’

‘Gove has restored ordinary rights to classroom teachers. Yet the unions hate the man who made it possible for teachers to breathe again’

‘In New York schools where they teach a core knowledge curriculum, some of the poorest children are discussing Shakespeare at four years old’

‘There is such a shortage of places in London that schools will soon have to start teaching in shifts—as they are forced to in developing countries’