Susan Elkin

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.

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Things to do with the kids in London during the summer holidays

Penguins, ships, puppets, a walrus and a tiger - there's plenty to see this summer

Let's wait to see the new English literature GCSE syllabus before complaining

Exam boards select from a huge and rich repository of excellent possibilities and change their syllabuses from time to time

There's too much Hitler - and too many Henrys - in our schooling system

The varied options of a new A-level ought to be welcomed

It doesn't matter if children call teachers ‘Miss’ and ‘Sir’ at school

Young people simply conform to the culture of the school they’re in without giving it any conscious thought

Children in nappies shouldn't be allowed in schools

The only reason five year-olds aren't potty trained is laziness, and it's the nappy manufacturers who are benefiting

Teachers deserve time off without abuse from pupils on social media

We have to teach young people that social networks mustn’t be misused

Young adult book reviews: War's hell, but childbirth and the future are scary too

In the second of our Easter specials, Susan Elkin looks at holiday reading for young adults, from dystopia to the Somme

Our lazy and ignorant overuse of a handful of words: Discuss swear words in school and diminish their shock value

A mother who complained about a school play containing 400 swear words was subjected to more foul language from teachers who disagreed on Mumsnet

Book review: The Madness Of July by James Naughtie

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.

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