Anthony Seldon

Anthony Seldon is a historian and commentator on contemporary Britain, in particular British political leadership and education. He is Master (headmaster) of Wellington College and co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History. His books include Brown at 10 (2010), Trust: How We Lost it and How to Get it Back (2009) and Blair's Britain, 1994 - 2007 (2007)

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The UK is falling behind on literacy

We all need to work together to make ignorance history

Governments of all parties infantilise schools and teachers by instructing them what to do, treating them like delinquents

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell in 2011

Michael Gove on Radio 4: Doesn't a discussion about teaching History need a teacher on the panel?

The BBC should be doing much more to take schoolteaching seriously

Two soldiers on the concourse at Victoria station, London, about to leave for the front line. They are carrying parcels full of food and other provisions.

WW1: Let us remember - whether enemy or friend

There's no agreement about what the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is to mark, when events should take place, and whether it is a celebration, or a wake

Higher Education: Why do so many students commit suicide?

There is a crisis going on in undergraduate pastoral care and it is the responsibility of our universities - and our schools - to address it

How do we regain trust in our institutions?

In the last decade the media, bankers, politicians and the police have all fallen from grace. If 2013 is to be a good year, rebuilding trust must be our first priority

Anthony Seldon: Let the Games inspire a new vision for schools

State schools may lack the facilities and length of day but why accept the status quo?

The Saturday Profile Viscount Cranborne, Conservative Peer: The last true blue blood

THE CONSERVATIVE Century opened in 1900 with a Lord Salisbury in 10 Downing Street running the nation's affairs, blithely disregarding the creeping modernism of New Liberalism and revelling in the House of Lords' pre-eminence over the British body politic. It ends with his great- great grandson, Lord Cranborne, revelling in the House of Lords' ability to defy New Labour's wishes over proportional representation for the European Parliamentary elections and championing a continuing role for great families in British politics. Plus ca change.

Not lucky, just good

PROFILE: John Major; The Prime Minister is Britain's own comeback kid.
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An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
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Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
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Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
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A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
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The 10 best bedspreads

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Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
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Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

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