Private Schools

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

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 17.10.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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.

What Has Your Child Learned at School?

Julie Booth | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

For many students across the UK, the start of a new year marks the height of mock GCSE season. This is an important time for young people. Their mock exam results are designed to give them some indication of how much they have learned in school and whether they are likely to achieve their predicted grades in the summer...

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 ...

Tatler's Guide To State Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

For the fading aristocracy whose magazine of choice is still Tatler, the phrase "state school" is as foreign as an Iceland frozen pizza. But auster...

The Sutton Trust Is Only Part Way There

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

We shouldn't demolish the private schools. Although some people out there probably want to see their alma maters razed, it would be a waste of good architecture. They just need to be forced into the wider education system like stuffing into a reluctant turkey. It might be a messy job, but the end result, a richer society, is worth it.

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.

Tristram Hunt Given A Mauling By Paxman

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics

Wednesday was not a good day for Tristram Hunt. In the afternoon, the former TV historian laboured through his first big Commons outing as shadow ...

Labour's Education Secretary 'Won't Rule Out' Private School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Labour's new shadow education secretary has admitted he would consider sending his children to private schools. Tristram Hunt, the former TV histor...

So They DO Make A Difference

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Poorer students who are given the chance to go to private school may be more likely to gain promotions, earn high wages and have a decent standard of ...

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...

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.