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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It's been one year since I stopped washing my hair

The hair industry promises results for 'much-needed' hair therapy - and we continue to buy into it.

Schools should think twice before banning parents from the sports-field

There may have been problems at Lea Valley High School we don't know about - otherwise the attempt to ban parents from school games is ludicrous

Drinking vodka and taking drugs in school. Whose fault is it?

As the story of a 14 year-old girl drinking vodka and taking drugs on school premises emerged recently, her father feels her school should take responsibility.

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.

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.

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