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Sex, Drugs, Money and Old School Ties - Which Bits of MPs' Lives Really Matter?

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work. Recently David Cameron has been criticised for surrounding himself with alumni of his own school, Eton, who (so the charge runs) cannot understand the day-to-day lives of normal people. Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...

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.

PICTURES: What Happens At Private School.. Goes On Snapchat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

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Does The Daily Mail Set A Bad Example To Children?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK

The headmaster of a leading private school has claimed the Daily Mail sets a bad example for children. Anthony Seldon criticised the paper for its ...

Private School Pupils More Likely To Get Good Degrees And Better Jobs

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Private school pupils who started university in 2006 were more likely to graduate and get a decent job than their state-educated peers, according to n...

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.

Eastleigh Candidate Claims Local Schools 'Not Good Enough' For Her Children

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Politics

Maria Hutchings, the Tory candidate in the Eastleigh by-election has provoked outrage after appearing to claim that the local state school was not goo...

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.

Private School Is No Golden Ticket

Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer

Going to private school is no guarantee of success. If you send your child to private school you can't breathe a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that your child will inherit the earth instead of collecting bins.

Choosing the Right Subjects at GCSE and A Level - 'Choices are the hinges of destiny'

Paul Dyson | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Dyson

As the Head of Sixth Form at Akeley Wood School, which is part of the Cognita group, one of my key roles is to ensure that pupils are making the right GCSE and A Level subject choices.

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.

The British State Nursery System and Why It Doesn't Work For Working Parents

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen I. Hwang

Suddenly, I've become a private school parent because I'm a mom who wants to work. With the hour and a half a parent gets to themselves from a state school nursery, I realized that those parents don't work.

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.

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.

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.

Teenage Girl At Top Private School Collapses And Dies

PA | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A 17-year-old schoolgirl at a top public school has collapsed and died. The teenager was a boarder at St Swithun's School for girls in Winchester, ...

Student Funded Through Private School By Benefits Cheat Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A married couple have admitted to illegally claiming state benefits to maintain their son's private school education and prop up a lavish lifestyle. ...

Girls Sent To Private Schools 'To Be Protected From WAG Culture'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Parents are sending their daughters to private schools to protect them from the materialistic WAG culture, according to an independent education chief...

Schoolboy Expelled For 'Inappropriate' Pictures Of Staff

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Frank Lampard's former public school has expelled a pupil for taking pictures up a staff member's skirt. The pupil, who attended Brentwood school, ...

Should The State Pay For Poor Pupils To Go Private?

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Taxpayers should fund bright children from poor backgrounds to attend private school, an education charity has declared. Sir Peter Lampl, chairman ...

Lucy Sherriff

GCSE Results: Four Boys, Four Choices, Four Futures

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education

GCSE results are out, and for many the future will involve plans for A-Levels and beyond that, university. Figures released by the Joint Council fo...

Oxbridge: The Entry Gap Highlighted

Press Association | Posted 06.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Five schools sent more students to Oxbridge over three years than the bottom 2,000 put together, a new report has revealed. We...