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Reflecting on the positives

As parents turn their attention to the return to school, two prep school headteachers – Colin Baty and Alastair Speers – have shared with Attain their reflections on some of the positive aspects families have found during the current lockdown.

Come Dine with AH 2

Ready, Steady, Come Dine with All Hallows

Collaboration and leadership skills were forefront as All Hallows Year 7 and 8 pupils were rewarded for their amazing online efforts this term by being set 'Come Dine with Me' and 'Ready Steady Cook' challenges to feed their families.

Features, articles and advice for parents


Returning in a new spirit

5 min read The return to school will be harder for children than after the last lockdown, foresees Colin Baty, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst. But it is also the time to take a fresh approach to how children learn.


Taking the anxiety out of uncertainty

5 min read There is little at present about which we can be certain – except more uncertainty – and this has a big effect on anxiety. Attain's Editor talked to Mark English, Vice Master at University College School and Emma Goldsmith, Head of Winchester House.


A sense of sameness

5 min read Monotony is a common feeling during lockdown. What effect is this having on parents and pupils – and how can we improve this? Attain's Editor talked to Emma Hattersley, Head of Godolphin School and Gareth Jones, Head of St Andrew's Prep Eastbourne.


Putting the Arts into STEM

5 min read Schools are embracing the concept of STEAM – putting the arts into science, technology, engineering and maths. Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith, talked to Fionnuala Kennedy and Claire Boyd of Wimbledon High School GDST to find out more.


Exam uncertainty

5 min read Nobody could have predicted the impact the pandemic would have on exams. Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith, talked to two senior school Heads – Emma Taylor of Dean Close and James Dahl of Wellington College – to understand their hopes and concerns.


Keeping cheerful

5 min read Home schooling is not easy. Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith, talked to two prep school Heads – Tim Smith of Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep and Andy Falconer of St Peter's 8-13 – to get their advice on how to keep cheerful and stay motivated.

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