Independent Schools

Exams: A Last Minute Survival Guide for Parents

Julie Booth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

The good news is that if your child is feeling the pressure, there's still plenty that can be done to help them stay in control, even as they head into the exam hall. Here are some ideas for parents to help their child (and themselves) get through what can, for some, be the challenge of exam time.

Blind Faith: Enough Is Enough! It Is Time We Start Manufacturing Real Change in Our State Education System

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

After being enticed back to teaching by the possibilities of the independent sector (ie. no monster and more autonomy) I am eagerly building the foundations that I hope will lead to a successful career as a reformer. If this sounds similar to you or someone you know please do get in touch!

Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

Julie Booth | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.

In Defence of Private Tutoring

Steve Spriggs | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Spriggs

Private tutoring is tantamount to "torture" and "child abuse", according to Gail Parkin, former President of the National Association of Head Teachers...

Target Grades - What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

Julie Booth | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Setting and achieving targets is an intrinsic part of life and this is often replicated in the way schools monitor their pupils' learning. But do parents get enough information about where their child is in relation to their expected achievement?

How Is Your Child Spending the Summer Holidays?

Julie Booth | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Every child is unique. One might thrive on a mix and match of summer learning clubs and structured activities, while another could benefit more from just kicking back and relaxing or enjoying some extra down time with family. The challenge for parents is to get the balance right.

Wounded by D-Day? What's Wrong with Paying for the Education you Want?

Ian Hunt | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ian Hunt

It may well be that the option many parents choose - that of moving, and employing expensive tutors is not the best for the family. Whilst it is not an option for all, the alternative of an independent education is one that many parents are increasingly turning towards.

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

Could Your Child's Teachers Be Struggling?

Julie Booth | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

With the new academic year now well underway, children across England will be getting used to a revamped national curriculum, which the government has described as "rigorous, engaging and tough".

How Should We Judge the Success of a School?

Julie Booth | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Families will always seek out information, and many will undertake detailed research, when they are choosing a school for their child. An inspection report or league table may help, but most parents recognise that they can only ever provide a snapshot of the education on offer.

How Does Social Media Fit With Education?

Julie Booth | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Social media sites are also a great way for schools to share success stories such as outstanding GCSE results, awards evenings and photos from school trips... But the question is, how does a school really get the essence of its ethos and often centuries of heritage over in just 140 characters?

The Power of a Positive Attitude to Learning

Julie Booth | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

I am often amazed by just how enthusiastic some children are about school and wonder what it is that sparks a real lifelong love of learning in a child. ..

Why Schools and Parents Might Need a Pre-Nup

Ian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Hunt

More parents are insisting schools get the very best results for their children; they don't just want a service that provides the opportunity for learning but one that can deliver a transformational experience for their child.

Headmaster Says Rich Parents Should Pay To Send Children To State Schools

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A leading headmaster has proposed that wealthy parents should pay for their children to be educated at the country's top state schools. Dr Anthony ...

Stop Blaming Private Tutors

Ian Hunt | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Hunt

There has been a lot of press coverage recently for independent school Heads speaking out against private tutors. The language is coded in terms of an industry of hangers-on, opportunists, as if tutoring firms were simply taking advantage of middle-class foibles, creating extra work, distraction and pressure for their pupils.

What Role Do Schools Have in Developing a Child's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Did any of you see the flurry of news stories following a recent survey of parents, in which 87% indicated that they thought schools should focus on building a child's character and not on their academic ability alone? The results of the survey certainly made interesting reading. But they also got me thinking about what it is that schools can do to build character in their pupils.

UK Science Education Needs a New Formula

Jonathan Forster | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Forster

When writing end of term reports, I often reflect on the purpose of all the testing that students must now endure. Does testing improve performance or hinder it?

How Often Do You Hear From Your Child's School?

Julie Booth | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Last week a colleague of mine went to India for a week on business. While he was away, he was able to find out whether his son had turned up to all his lessons, what homework had been set and whether he'd handed it in on time.

Does My Independent School Sound Elitist?

James Bromley | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Bromley

As a scholarship student, I take issue with the fact that many regard independent schools like mine as elitist intuitions, reserved only for the privileged few. Although it might be fair to say that there a cluster of independent schools that are openly elitist, in my experience to say all schools are the same is a sweeping generalisation.

Will GCSE Results Be Going Straight to Your Child's Pocket?

Julie Booth | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Results day can be a nerve-wracking experience for many young people. Traditionally, they will queue up at school and face an anxious wait to find out how they've done in their exams before they can think about the next stage in their education.

Are the School Holidays Too Long?

Julie Booth | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Summer learning loss is a well-known phenomenon in many schools. So much so that from 2015, the government is planning to introduce measures to give every state school the power to set their own term times - a freedom currently available to free schools and academies. The change could see a four week summer holiday introduced in many schools, with a longer gap between other terms.

It Could Be You... But What if it Isn't?

Dale Bilson | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

Sitting on the train, contemplating how to spend my Euro Millions winnings ahead of 2013's biggest jackpot of £157m this week, my usual pre-draw euphoria was replaced by an unfamiliar and frightening realisation: that not only my dream purchases, but even some things I take for granted, could be at risk if I didn't win.

The Pressure of Happiness

Dale Bilson | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dale Bilson

On the face of it, Louise Thompson, structured-reality television personality and underwear model, and Dr Anthony Seldon, noted academic and Headmaster of Wellington College, probably don't have an awful lot in common. But they do share one thing: a fixation with 'happiness'.

Moving With the Times

Julie Booth | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

As the ISC survey demonstrates, independent schools are evolving to meet the demands of a changing society but the most successful schools are those that put children and their families at the heart of decision making.

Survey Confirms Healthy Appetite for Private Schooling Despite Recession

Julie Booth | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Like any successful business, independent schools need to understand and deliver what their customers - fee-paying parents - want in order to stay ahead in the education marketplace. The survey results appear to substantiate that with advanced strategic planning many schools are successfully achieving this.