Katharine Birbalsingh

Technology menaces childhood and culture

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

An Open Letter To Nicky Morgan

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

The Man Who Tried to Teach us all a Lesson

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

Ofsted Must Judge By Results, Not Methods

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

Performance-Related Pay Will Be A Débacle

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

Private School Playmakers

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

Inspecting the Inspectors

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

Uneducated Unions

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

More Than ABCs in NYC

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

Pupil Premium

‘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’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"