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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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.

A new Greek season for children

"Younger children are interested in the great questions of life – they’re all philosophers until inhibition sets in at puberty – and that’s what myths, with their primordial themes, tend to be about."

William Steig's drawings of the world's favourite ogre decorate his crisp prose in <i>Shrek</i>

Forget chocolate – why not try a book this Easter?

Susan Elkin reviews the best children's and young-adult fiction to help keep your darlings entertained over the spring holidays

Biography: Wilberforce: Family and Friends, By Anne Stott

The greatest of his generation

Dickens: Kind, ruthless, workaholic, radical, and campaigning

Charles Dickens: A tale of two centuries

Susan Elkin selects the best of the new books being published to celebrate Dickens's bicentennial year

A long time ago, in a land far away...

In the first of our three Christmas books specials, Susan Elkin looks at novels for teenagers, while on the following pages our reviewers pick the very best of the year's literary fiction, humour, cinema, politics and audiobooks

Children's Books: Abominable humans (especially parents)

Susan Elkin meets eco-minded yetis and time-warping dogs in her selection of books for the 8-12s
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Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower