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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Rochdale: Schools need to act in order to thwart sex gangs

As nine men were jailed last week for grooming and raping dozens of girls, it's vital we ask why alarm bells weren't ringing sooner.

School security makes you feel like you're entering a prison

Student safety is paramount in their education; but is it really necessary to this extent?

Megan Stammers and her maths teacher Jeremy Forrest on board a ferry from Dover to Calais

Megan Stammers: Relationships with schoolgirls are wrong and stupid, but there are grey areas

As a schoolgirl has apparently eloped to France with her married maths teacher, we should consider areas which aren't talked about when it comes to student/teacher relationships, says teacher Susan Elkin.

When it comes to reading, practice makes perfect

How to teach your child to love reading

Books can unlock the world, but accessing them is about far more than learning to decode letters

Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity, by Patricia Fara

A grandfather of science and poetry

Three cheers for CCTV cameras in school toilets

Despite many fearing the new scheme to be invasive, this is a practical solution to tackle the widespread problem of bullying in schools.

Dystopia, war, and spies ... just for those tough teenage years

This summer's best young-adult fiction makes few concessions, says Susan Elkin

Susan Elkin: Teaching creationism - Indoctrination is a form of child abuse

Anyone who tells children that God – literally – created the world in seven days 6,000 years ago is guilty of perverting education.

Susan Elkin: School uniform - much ado about nothing?

What is it about the British and school uniform? Forcing children into corporate dress has, in my not inconsiderable experience, absolutely nothing to do with discipline, contrary to popular belief.

Susan Elkin: GCSEs are a pointless waste of time

GCSEs are pointless. I told my head of department that 10 years ago and nothing has happened since to change my mind.

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