Independent Schools

How Does Social Media Fit With Education?

Julie Booth | Posted 31.07.2014 | 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.

Academics vs Community Service and Intercultural Engagement: Is One More Valuable Than the Other?

Shanna Engelhardt | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shanna Engelhardt

One thing that any student has to remember is how to manage time, and when your school places equal weight to academics and community service, it can feel somewhat overwhelming at times.

Forget the 'Old Boys' Network'; Play the Ball, Not the Man

Gavin Megaw | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Megaw

It may provide ready-made commentary when looking at the Prime Minister's inner circle, but it's an all too easy excuse for the wider issue of why non-public school students have failed to meet their ambitions.

Why Are Some Independent Schools Bucking the Recession?

Julie Booth | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

It would be easy to assume that as the recession continues to bite and households tighten their belts, the independent school sector might be suffering. However, there are many independent schools that are not only keeping their heads above water, they are positively thriving.

Education: Career Politicians Fail the Test Again

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

For how long will we say that our educational system is our country's greatest failing? It won't surprise you when I say for as long as our inadequate career politicians are in charge

Independent School Selection - The Elephant in the Room?

Julie Booth | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

The stormy economic outlook is continuing to bring uncertainty to many households. Big decisions such as whether to send your child to a private school, for example, are not quite as easy to make for many families as they were in more stable financial times.

'Sell British': British Education Abroad: It's More Than Just a Language Choice

Josep Gonzalez | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Josep Gonzalez

In order to have an overview of what happens beyond the classroom, I have recently appointed an Assistant Head for the Enrichment Programme in my school, as I believe that this is part and parcel of a good British education.

Parents 'Would Prefer To Send Children To Private School'

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than half of parents would send their child to private school if they could afford to, a poll suggests. Many believe that fee-paying schools p...

How Involved is Too Involved in Your Child's Education?

Julie Booth | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

There have been several rather colourful labels coined by the media to describe the different approaches some parents can take when it comes to their child's education.

Headteachers Must Promote Multilingualism in Schools

Josep Gonzalez | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Josep Gonzalez

Mastering several languages makes it possible to get rid of the tyranny of monolingualism in the sense that it does away with the very narrow view of the world whereby language and reality have an unchangeable equivalence.

Sacked For Being Pregnant

PA | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An art teacher who was unfairly sacked after becoming pregnant has been awarded a £33,900 payout, a teaching union has said. Rebecca Raven, 32, wa...