Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. Her book Unlocking the Reader in Every Child is published by Ransom. She is Education and Training Editor at The Stage.
15 May 2014 03:03 PM
Young people simply conform to the culture of the school they’re in without giving it any conscious thought
07 May 2014 01:19 PM
The only reason five year-olds aren't potty trained is laziness, and it's the nappy manufacturers who are benefiting
21 April 2014 04:17 PM
We have to teach young people that social networks mustn’t be misused
16 April 2014 12:35 PM
In the second of our Easter specials, Susan Elkin looks at holiday reading for young adults, from dystopia to the Somme
Untwisting tongues: Every student will benefit from the City of Leeds School's decision to teach English as a second language
26 March 2014 05:37 PM
I’ve long thought that such an approach would really help
Our lazy and ignorant overuse of a handful of words: Discuss swear words in school and diminish their shock value
17 March 2014 11:29 AM
A mother who complained about a school play containing 400 swear words was subjected to more foul language from teachers who disagreed on Mumsnet
02 March 2014 12:00 AM
It is the 1970s and we’re at the height of the Cold War when an American, Joe Manson, unaccountably arrives in London and dies in a House of Commons storeroom – although, with the connivance of Special Branch, the coroner and the public are given a different version of his demise. Somehow, Manson seems to be linked to Will Flemyng, a foreign office minister with a long, supplementary career in benign espionage. The cause of Manson’s death is a self-administered drugs overdose, obviously – except that there are powerful reasons why it can’t be.
17 February 2014 04:49 PM
Children rarely understand the full meaning of the words or images they're using
Tristram Hunt is right about children lacking the ability to concentrate - what happened to quiet time?
10 February 2014 12:56 PM
You can teach attentiveness, but not by having a slot in the timetable
04 February 2014 10:43 AM
Less impressive is the Education Secretary's suggestion that we should bring back the writing of lines – a wholly un-educational exercise
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 4 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters