Private Education

A Curse Called Ofsted

Steve Spriggs | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Spriggs

Are there words that strike fear into a teacher more than "Ofsted is visiting"? Cue sleepless nights producing a week's worth of lesson plans, a rainforest's worth of admin and cross your fingers that little Jonny who fires paper planes from the back of the class, is off with a cold. Then of course, careers hang in the balance and self-esteem is shot if the inspector that sat in your class for half an hour deems your teaching to be unsatisfactory.

Where Opportunity Leads, Talent Will Follow

Chris Hirst | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

A recent headline in the Guardian: "Privately educated elite continues to take top jobs..." I read this story recently and my heart sank. Don't get m...

Will the Growth of Private Schooling Help Achieve Quality, Universal and Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Last week, world leaders put their signature to 169 targets for the next 15 years. One of the education targets stands out in its scale of ambition: "...

Young People With Working Class Background Locked Out of Top Jobs

James Gold | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
James Gold

Clearly, tutors, summer schools and online education are here to stay. The advantages they offer to students are distinct and they are deeply embedded in the UK education system. The question cannot be how to stop them. Instead, we need to think about how to widen access to so that the most academically able can obtain access to the benefits of private tuition.

Educating Britain

Danielle Wood | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Danielle Wood

School days are the best of your life preaches every parent, everywhere. But, such wisdom is not valuable until you walk out of the school gate for the very last time and shed a tear for your youthful mathematical days.

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?

Are Private Schools Undermining State Education in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

A child's background, and particularly their economic situation, should never determine their education and ultimately their future. Sadly, for many young people in modern Britain, this is still very much the case.

An Education

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rohan Banerjee

Without question, the actions of these young men were insensitive, irresponsibile and idiotic; but there is a pervading irrelevance that supersedes this piece's credentials - one that prevents me from giving the authors the pat on the back they might think they deserve.

John Major's Right - Eton Has Eaten Us All Up

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

'The only meritocratic institution in Britain today is the City', proudly announced my friend, a fabulously successful and - please believe me when I ...

Is Buying An Education The Same As Buying a Car?

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Parents are being made to feel it is morally wrong to send their children to private school, according to a leading headteacher. Dr Tim Hands, Mast...

The Mummy Factor

Amanda Prowse | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

I sometimes feel like I am in a competition that no one told me I was entering. No one told me, being a mummy was like starting a race, but I'm here to tell you my friends, it is. As soon as that little windows blinks positive - you are on the starting blocks!

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.

How Can Teaching Boys Alongside Girls Better Prepare Pupils for the Realities of Life?

Brodie Bibby | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brodie Bibby

As a boy in a boarding school myself many years ago, which was single sex until A levels, the arrival of girls in the sixth form was the worst possible distraction to teenage boys about to embark serious exams. Boys and girls perhaps learn differently and approach work in different ways.

Ex-Army Officer Convicted Over £200k Fraud

PA | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

A senior Army officer faces jail after being convicted of defrauding taxpayers of nearly £200,000 to educate his children at a top private school. ...

The Day Private Education Became Cheaper Than a State One

Sam Wood | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Wood

I knew nothing about private universities before I started considering my options for higher education - in fact I didn't even know they existed. But deciding to study at LCA Business School right in the heart of central London, has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Oxbridge Entry and the Power of the Market

Tim Whitmarsh | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Whitmarsh

The latest episode in the long-running series of Oxbridge admissions 'scandals' is one of the more dramatic ones.

Top Army Officer Wrongly Claimed Thousands For School Fees

PA | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

A high-ranking Army officer claimed nearly £220,000 of tax payers' money to send his three children to a top public school, a court has heard. For...

Youngsters Will Lose From an 'All-Win' Approach

Floyd Steadman | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Floyd Steadman

Like it or not, life is a competitive process and we are all subjected to competition on a daily basis. Exams, job interviews and even in vying for the hand of a prospective partner, there is always (well, in most cases) someone else out there trying their best to take the glory for themselves.

Higher Education Needs to Meet Higher Expectations

Martin Halsall | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Halsall

Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the British student protests held in opposition to planned spending cuts to higher education and an increase in the cap on tuition fees from £3,290 to £9,000. The rise in the maximum fees universities are allowed to charge students took effect at the start of this term.

'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...

Different Examinations, Common Thinking

Floyd Steadman | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Floyd Steadman

The Common Entrance exam is used as an admissions process for academically selective independent secondary schools. Children attend preparatory school to ready themselves for the exams and sit them aged 13.

In Defence Of Being An Etonian

William T. Dobson | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
William T. Dobson

I myself went to Eton. By default that makes me an Old Etonian. But I'm fed up with being defined as one by the likes of Miliband in some lazy, self-satisfied act of stereotyping.

Eton Mess? In Defence of Britain's Most Maligned School

Mackenzie Smith | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Mackenzie Smith

To misappropriate the quote often attributed to the Duke of Wellington (OE 1784), Ed Miliband's barnstorming speech at the Labour party conference was designed in large part to suggest that the 2015 election will be won or lost according to whether or not its political participants had ever set foot on the playing fields of Eton.

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.