Private Schools

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.

Paying to Be In the Company We Prefer to Keep

Katie Hopkins | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

Sat in sunny Rhodes, I am acutely aware that the families sitting in the 'deluxe' area of the resort have one unspoken benefit. They have paid to be amongst the sort of company they prefer to keep.

Half Of British Parents Do Not Want Children Privately Educated..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Half of all British parents would not want to send their child to a private school even if it was free, new research has revealed. The survey, cond...

Are the School Holidays Too Long?

Julie Booth | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Summer learning loss is a well-known phenomenon in many schools. So much so that from 2015, the government is planning to introduce measures to give every state school the power to set their own term times - a freedom currently available to free schools and academies. The change could see a four week summer holiday introduced in many schools, with a longer gap between other terms.

Majority Of Ashes Team Privately Educated

PA | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

With its associations to cucumber sandwiches and tea on the village green, cricket is sometimes seen as a sport for the privately educated. But new...

My Financial Estrangement at a Top University

Harriet Williamson | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

In my first year, I was informed by a tutor that students who had attended independent schools were more likely to be 'confident' and 'well-prepared' than those who had received a state education, and that this would help propel them through their degrees.

Moving With the Times

Julie Booth | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

As the ISC survey demonstrates, independent schools are evolving to meet the demands of a changing society but the most successful schools are those that put children and their families at the heart of decision making.

Survey Confirms Healthy Appetite for Private Schooling Despite Recession

Julie Booth | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Like any successful business, independent schools need to understand and deliver what their customers - fee-paying parents - want in order to stay ahead in the education marketplace. The survey results appear to substantiate that with advanced strategic planning many schools are successfully achieving this.

Forget the 'Old Boys' Network'; Play the Ball, Not the Man

Gavin Megaw | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Megaw

It may provide ready-made commentary when looking at the Prime Minister's inner circle, but it's an all too easy excuse for the wider issue of why non-public school students have failed to meet their ambitions.

In Defence of the 'Public School Elite'

Sarah Aston | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Aston

Discrimination is discrimination and like it or not, students from public schools do suffer at the hands of it. Why? When is any of this information relevant to whether or not you are a good enough candidate for a place at university or a job? The answer is never.

EBacctrack, EBacc-to the Future or Just Misunderstood Reforms?

Alex Dyer | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Many of the new education policies seem to focus on the short-term rather than long-term. Of course a rational person wouldn't want to defend Gove, but he's right about one thing. Change is needed.