Private Schools

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.

Why Work, Rest and Play Could Become the Mantra to a Quality Education

Julie Booth | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

With the end of the school term upon many of us and the summer holidays getting underway, pupils and educators alike will be looking forward to some respite from what can be one of the most intense periods in the academic year.

Can a greener school boost children's progress?

Julie Booth | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Schools regularly hold assemblies to raise awareness of global environmental issues and plan lessons designed to teach children how we can all live gr...

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.

The Digital Revolution Is in Safe Hands as Schools Take Technology by Storm

Julie Booth | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Tech
Julie Booth

These changes look set to turn traditional teaching methods on their head, as in many ICT classrooms, there are likely to be students who know more than their teacher about the subject. The upshot of this could be a move to a more collaborative style of teaching, where rather than instructing, teachers seek to bring out creativity and invention in their students.

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.

The Rise and Rise of the E-Parent: Have you Opened the Digital Window to your Child's Education?

Julie Booth | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Julie Booth

Schools can no longer ignore the fact that parents are expecting better communication and want more information about their child, whenever and wherever they need it.

Raising Aspiration: Taking Small Steps Towards Big Ambitions

Julie Booth | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Julie Booth

I was lucky enough to spend some time recently travelling around India, which was a wonderful experience.

Labour Have Nothing to Contribute in the Education Debate - Selfish Attacks Lay Bare the Intellectual Bankruptcy of Their Position

Afzal Amin | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Afzal Amin

We need to fight this sort of small-minded class-war attack and to celebrate that which is great in our country, emulate it for the benefit of more people and ensure that where something works we support it, and where it is failing we correct it. Labour have not learnt this lesson, they are unfit to govern and the British people will rightly reject them in May next year.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But 'Posh' Is Starting to Hurt Me

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

In the media recently there has been, as their always is, people brandishing the 'public school' iron, tarnishing those of us who went to public school. The media is turning our education into a negative.

Elite Schools Should Support Academies or Lose Charitable Status

Charlie Rigby | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Rigby

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.

Education: What Are We Paying For?

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My youngest child attends the British International School, Phuket. I must admit, I gulped a bit when I paid the school fees. But so far, I am fine with what I am paying for. It costs a lot to run this little piece of Great Britain in the tropical paradise of Phuket, and the money has to come from somewhere.

Louise Ridley

A Staggering Amount Of The Cabinet Went To Oxbridge

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

The UK is a "deeply" elitist society, with the top jobs overwhelmingly held by people educated at private schools and Oxbridge, according to new resea...

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

The Private School Epidemic?

Danny Bowman | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

Independent schools across the United Kingdom are seeing a deadly rise of mental health problem in their pupils. Private schools full of academic excellence or distressed teens with added pressure to succeed from parents and teachers which is causing major mental health problems among them.

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

How Can School Principals Avoid the Final Whistle?

Julie Booth | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

Little did David Moyes know a few short weeks ago that his time as manager of Manchester United would soon be up.

Private School Cancels Students' Morning Lessons So They Can Lie In

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A private school is to cancel morning lessons for sixth form students because of the teenage trait of going to bed late and struggling to wake up earl...

Talented Teen Barred From Playing In Rackets Tournament - Because He Goes To A State School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A talented rackets-playing teen champion is being forced to watch his teammates compete in a public school tournament from the sidelines as he has bee...

Working Class Children Must 'Fit In' If They Want To Succeed

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Working class children must learn to behave more like the middle classes if they are to get ahead in life, a government adviser has claimed. Peter ...

Educating Each Other

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Ben Nicholls

Since graduating, I have followed my parents in working exclusively within state education, although unlike them I don't do the really difficult and important job of teaching. Every day I believe more and more (and from a high start-point) in the tremendous value of what the college I work at does, and of the wider system.

Would You Send Your Kids to Private School?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.

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.