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Jo Hart

Teacher swaps embroidery needles for vaccination needles

Jo Hart, a teacher at The Royal School in Surrey, spent part of the Christmas holiday undertaking training to become a volunteer vaccinator. She will shortly be deployed to one of the many mass vaccination centres being set up around the country.

The latest lockdown was not so much a matter of 'if' but 'when' and in most cases, schools were able to dust-off plans shaped by the last lockdown.

Home schooling returns

The latest lockdown was not so much a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Independent schools up and down the country have quickly enacted well-rehearsed plans for home schooling, whilst continuing to provide in-person teaching for key worker children.


Wiltshire Mind charity fundraiser at St Margaret's Prep

Pupils at St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne got into the festive spirit to raise money for charity by showing how well they know their teachers. They held a red and green themed Mufti Day and a quiz, rather than the usual stalls and sideshows.

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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.


Reassuring values from the past

5 min read The new normal is bringing myriad challenges for schools and pupils – especially those at boarding schools. Tim Hands of Winchester College explores what our future educational provision might learn from the past.


Choosing schools in a virtual world

7 min read Open Days are a key part of the admissions process for independent schools but the pandemic makes this impossible. Olivera Raraty of Malvern St James Girls’ School explores how the virtual admissions process has adapted in the pandemic.


Moving the classroom outside

5 min read It's time to rethink our classroom environments, argues Matthew Bryan of Longacre. The skills identified for the future – problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management and coordinating with others – are best developed outdoors.


Making more time

5 min read Modern family life means that quality time together can often end-up squeezed. Samantha Sawyer of Staines Preparatory School argues the ‘new normal’ is the right time to look again and try to make more time for family.


Lessons in perseverance

Perseverance is a critical life skill which is best learnt outside of the classroom suggests Charles Fillingham of Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park. And, ironically, these self-taught lessons can sometimes be some of the most valuable of all.

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