David James

David James is a deputy head of of a leading independent school in London. He is co-author with Jane Lunnon of The State of Independence: Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today (Routledge). His latest book, Schools of Thought: Lessons to learn from schools doing things differently (Bloomsbury) was published in March 2024. He can be found on Twitter at @drdavidajames

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

The examination system is far from broken, so stop trying to replace it

A-level debacle epitomises the government’s farcical handling of schools throughout the pandemic

Our writers must be bold enough to write the words they want to write, independent, and stronger for that

Public schools are joining the culture war

The teaching unions are not here to promote the value of education

Prejudice against fee paying schools means the crisis is not even being discussed

Independent schools stand to lose, whoever wins the general election