Private Schools

When State Schools Lead, Independents Follow

Haroon Mohamoud | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Haroon Mohamoud

Early last week, St Olave's in Orpington, one of the UK's leading grammar schools, made the news after it told a handful of its Sixth Form students that they could not return for their final A-Level year since they did not secure high enough grades in their exams. This move has been dismissed as draconian, no less by the parents of affected students.

Choosing State School Over Private School: Why Would You?

Fariba Soetan | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

We all face the dilemma whether to send our kids to private or state school.  However, for most people it's not a dilemma. Paying out on average £6-8k a term - perhaps triple that if you have more than one child - is simply a privilege reserved for the better off.

4 Tweets That Utterly Dismantle A 'Ridiculous' Argument For Private Schools

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

A university professor has swiftly debunked an argument rubbishing a new Labour policy to pay for free primary school meals through a tax on private s...

The Hidden Parental Stress

Farida Ahmed | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Farida Ahmed

Every parent is a great parent. It isn't fair that education can make parents feel insecure. We need to ensure that we are bridging this gap and looking at viable opportunities that parents can take advantage of.

May Accused Of Breaking Conservative Manifesto Pledge So Attacks Corbyn's Family

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May launched a personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s family today after the Labour leader accused the prime minister of breaking a Conservative...

Lack Of Working Class Actors Shows Privilege Is More Important Than Talent, Warns Labour's Gloria De Piero

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics

Working-class actors and playwrights will today warn MPs of the difficulties they faced making it in the arts world compared to privileged stars such ...

Bear Grylls Says Eton College Failed To Teach Him Life Skills

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK

Adventurer Bear Grylls has said his Eton College education failed to teach him the skills to succeed in life. The survival specialist - who went to th...

Funding Cuts To Put Five Million School Kids 'At Risk' As Councils Can't Afford To Protect Them

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

School funding cuts will put almost five million children at risk, with councils unable to perform criminal record checks on staff and manage the risk...

From Othello to Oxbridge

Andrew Law | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Law

"The British public schools, which educated many members of the present Westminster government, of course place great emphasis on developing the confi...

Private School Kids Given A Third Of Scholarships In Controversial Uni Scheme

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A top university has faced harsh criticism after it was revealed it gave a third of scholarships aimed at disadvantaged local teenagers to private sch...

Lack Of Sex Education In Schools Is A 'Ticking Sexual Health Time Bomb'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A lack of sex and relationships education in some secondary schools is a “ticking sexual health time bomb”, town hall chiefs have warned. The su...

Stop School-Shaming Parents

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents

There have never been so many options for parents choosing schools for their children, from free schools to academies to faith schools. But with this ...

A Day In The Life Of A School Kid

Farida Ahmed | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Farida Ahmed

For purposes of anonymity I will give the students a code name, our private school attendee will be called 'Tom' and our state school attendee 'Jerry'. They are both 12 and a half years old, and I asked them both the same questions in a relaxed comfortable environment. Neither of them had access to the other's answers.

What Motivates Your Child To Succeed?

Julie Booth | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

While some of us will still be waving our sons or daughters off to school each day as keen and eager as they were on the first day of term, it takes a strong partnership between parent and school to keep a child focussed on their schoolwork throughout the academic year.

The Assault on Higher Education

Lucy Moor | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

Education is not a commodity, and it should not be something reserved for the privileged few. The Tories' endless assaults on higher education are an assault on our society at large, widening the gap between poor and privileged more than ever before. 'Social mobility' isn't just dying, it's already dead - and it's about time we started fighting to resuscitate it.

To Board or Not to Board?

Steve Spriggs | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Parents
Steve Spriggs

But is boarding school really that bad? Yes, there will be homesickness, especially for younger children, but in today's world of email, Skype and social media, you can be in regular contact with family, wherever they are in the world. As many parents work full time, kids who do live at home probably spend more time in school clubs or with nannies and babysitters than with their own flesh and blood.

Is Private School Becoming More Affordable?

Julie Booth | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Julie Booth

As a parent, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make, which is why so many of us carefull...

Defending Independent Schooling!

Steve Spriggs | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Steve Spriggs

I want to muscle in on the latest playground scrap. After MP Matt Hancock suggested employers weed out privileged job applicants by asking them if they were privately educated, headteachers of some of Britain's top independent schools, including Eton and Westminster, have accused politicians - and the media that reported his thoughts so widely - of being "rude" about them.

Educational Equality Is About the Issue of Basic Human Worth, And We Shouldn't Pretend Otherwise

Sally Fraser | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Sally Fraser

I can feel a familiar anger rising, a quickening of my pulse, which experience shows I need to calm. Its not ok to get angry is it? It's, well, a bit ...

Eton College Head Threatens To Quit As Tory Peer Over Private School Question

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK

An Eton College head has threatened to ditch the Conservative Party if it follows through on a proposal to make employers ask job-seekers if they went...

Privately Educated Labour Activists Struggle With 'Tough' Immigration and Welfare Conversations, Says Tristram Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour activists from privately educated backgrounds lack the “political antennae” to deal with “tough” doorstep conversations about welfare a...

Defining the Recipe for Educational Success

Julie Booth | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

'I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say "maybe". I'm never going to say ...

Choosing a Secondary School: Do You Have a Choice?

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Ashby

October: Autumn leaves, pumpkins, and applying for secondary school places. Which school will you choose for your year 6 son or daughter? Do you really have much choice at all? And will it really matter anyway in the long-run?

Back to School: Treading a New Path in Education

Julie Booth | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

As children returned to lessons this September in their brand new uniforms and shiny shoes, full of excitement and anticipation, many were unaware of the work their schools have been doing in preparation for the new academic year.

State Students Are Getting Better Degree Grades Than Private School Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

State school students are "significantly" more likely to get top degree grades at university than those who went to a private school, new research has...