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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5:2 is just the latest: Britain’s diet industry is worth £2 billion, so why do we buy into it?

Advertisers have us in thrall with their tantalising promises and scary understanding of exactly how to manipulate our insecurities

Children's summer reading: Writing for teenagers

Tense in future, past and presents

Instead of expensive gifts for teachers, how about parents thank them? It means more, and it's free

Why have we got ourselves into the silly position of thinking that every teacher has to be bought a present at the end of every school year?

Has your child racked up a sky-high iPad bill? Parents, take some responsibility

Only an irresponsible parent allows unlimited iPad access. Children are not allowed to put items in supermarket trolleys without permission - the principle is identical.

Crystal reminds us that the plays of Shakespeare are scripts to be learnt and spoken aloud, not novels to be read in isolation

Review: Springboard Shakespeare: King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, By Ben Crystal

A guide to Shakespeare’s work that should be in every theatre

Unions are sure to fight Gove's term time plans

They can always be relied upon to stand against change

A message to anyone involved in education: stop underestimating children

If it weren’t so tragic, it would be almost laughable that Gove has to keep stating that we need to stretch the brightest children

Researchers estimate that 40 per cent of the 300 cot death cases in the UK each year could be prevented if parents only brought children into their beds for comfort and feeding, but not sleeping.

Cot Death: Doctors and scientists should be clear when official advice changes

They told us that a child on its back could choke on its own vomit and die - scary stuff, so we did as we were told, even though babies have slept on their backs for millennia

Schoolchildren need to eat a proper breakfast, but should Kellogg's really be paying for it?

Tens of thousands of children are now arriving at school without a proper breakfast. So let's tackle the cause of this problem, not just the symptom

Review: The Children of Henry VIII, By John Guy

An heir-raising account of Tudor England

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