Sarah Ebner
Sarah Ebner has worked across newspapers, television and digital media. She is the current holder of the award for best commentary/blogging at the Online Media Awards, and also won the 2013 award for outstanding online commentary at the Education Journalism Awards. Both were for her Times education blog, School Gate, which was also named by the Washington Post as one of the 20 best education blogs in the world.
Sarah began her career as a graduate trainee on the Daily Express and has written for almost every national newspaper, as well as being a producer and occasional reporter on Newsnight. She has also been shortlisted four times at the British Press Awards.
She now works on The Times Sports desk where one of her jobs is to look after the very successful football blog, the game. Together with her children she writes Family Travel Times, which, as the name suggests, is all about family holidays and days out.
Sarah's interests range from politics and current affairs to theatre and sport. She was the first ever female sports columnist on her student newspaper whilst studying at the LSE and is the author of The Starting School Survival Guide: everything you need to know when your child starts primary school, published by White Ladder.

Entries by Sarah Ebner

I Agree With David: Why the Camerons' Decision to Holiday in Lanzarote Is a Good One

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (16:25)


So, the Prime Minister has chosen Lanzarote for his holiday break - how very wise of him. Despite its "lanzagrotty" associations, this Canary Island is perfect for families and has loads to do. We have spent many excellent family breaks in Playa Blanca,...

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The Drake Fun Day at the Golden Hinde in London

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (11:54)

My children and I write Family Travel Times, which is a blog all about the places we go and what we do. We hope that other families will enjoy reading about our adventures and perhaps also be inspired!

The children, who are aged 12 and 8, write their...

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'Secondary School Ready' Isn't Just About SATs

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (19:15)

When I was 10 years old, someone came into my life and changed me. She was a young teacher, her name was Tania Oldman, and she was special.

I attended the local, not-very-good primary school and was happy there, at least socially. This was years before a national curriculum...

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So Proud of London: a Fabulous Olympic Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2012 | (20:37)

I loved this summer, even though we didn't go away and the sun wasn't always shining. I loved it as a sports fan and a Londoner. And I'm so glad that now everyone knows how great both those things can be.
I wasn't one of the nay sayers before...

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Harder Exams, Politics and a Sense of Reality

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2012 | (00:00)

Should examinations be harder? Is it fair to the current cohort of students to raise standards so that they miss out on pass grades? These are the questions currently gripping our education system.

English and Welsh students take their GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) aged 16. The results are...

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Not Offering Enough Part-Time Jobs Means a Huge Loss of Talent

(18) Comments | Posted 15 March 2012 | (23:00)

I have a colleague who often writes about women's affairs. She sometimes writes about childcare and education too, although she doesn't yet have a child. And each time I read her strongly held views, I wonder how much they will change when she does become a mother.

Because having a...

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Just Say No

(1) Comments | Posted 17 September 2011 | (00:00)

Grrrr. I found it really frustrating to read the latest reports telling us that our children live unhappy lives. But I found it even more frustrating to discover that this is partly due to us as parents. Apparently we are trapped in a materialistic culture. And although...

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Why I Fear for Our Higher Education System

(8) Comments | Posted 18 August 2011 | (00:00)

Is a good education a right or a privilege? And what should it be?

In the UK we currently have a government which makes all the right noises about improving schooling for everyone, especially the disadvantaged. This, they argue, helps to explain the move towards academies (one in six secondary...

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Choosing to Hit the Glass Ceiling...

(2) Comments | Posted 21 July 2011 | (10:00)

So women may need a "house husband" if they want to reach the top. At least according to Helena Morrissey, mother of nine (yep, you read that right), who is chief executive of Newton Investment Management.

As founder of the 30% Club, she's campaigning for 30% of director posts...

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