David James

David James is a deputy head of of a leading independent school in London. He is co-editor with Jane Lunnon of The State of Independence: Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today (Routledge). He tweets at @drdavidajames

Polly Toynbee’s memoirs test the reader’s patience

“Lessons” is Ian McEwan at his worst

Enough of reformers who want to turn schools upside-down without knowing which way is up

Hidden Lessons is filled with clichéd phrasing and, even worse, predictable and clichéd thinking

Yet another teacher memoir abuses more clichés

Lucy Kellaway’s memoir is a must-read for anyone considering the profession

At its best Conflicted reminds us of the central importance of meaningful debate

Musa Okwonga’s memoir about his time at Eton is a confused account of having access to everywhere but belonging nowhere

Finland’s persistent myth and the reality of progressive education

Shirley Williams secured a selective school for her own daughter – but did not understand why other parents might want that choice