Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sexism on air: Are there too few women on BBC radio?

Too few female presenters on BBC radio? That’s Tory MP Nadine Dorries’s view. She wants mums to withhold their licence fees – because their daughters are not being given good female role models on air. The failure of the BBC … Continue reading

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Are YOU bored of the Bard? And can Stanley Wells make it all better?

Aagh Shakespeare, boring, boring, boring! Or is it? My kids have left school so I don’t have to listen to cries of anguish as they pore over Richard III scene aged 14, or tackle Macbeth age 16. But lots of kids … Continue reading

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Fighting over the four plus

Tutoring for toddlers. Sounds bonkers but that’s what is going on among the well-heeled elite of central London I found out last week when I researched a story for The Sunday Times . Getting into top schools in places like … Continue reading

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Put your Kindle on the fire… Should the iPad generation go back to books?

What is it with new technology? Everywhere you turn schools are throwing out books and buying up iPads. Wellington college is soon to open a digital library, where children can tune in with their computers in specially constructed pods. The … Continue reading

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Bring on the boarding schools

Boarding for seven and eight year olds is downright cruel, argues George Monbiot in the Guardian. I’m not so sure after speaking to Daisy Pasternak, journalist Anna Pasternak’s daughter, who is boarding in an Oxfordshire boarding school and has been … Continue reading

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fancy that, student finance

Another research study points out that the government is going to lose billions from its ill thought out student loans scheme in yesterday’s Sunday Times. Apparently only graduates who end up earning more than £60,000 will repay the whole of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson schoolgirls influenced by Michelle Obama

I went back to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in Islington last week – the London girls school Michelle Obama visited during her first ever foreign trip abroad as First Lady in 2009. According to a new book by New York … Continue reading

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