Joining Matthew this week is Tim Hands of Winchester College and James Priory of Tonbridge School. We discuss how boarding has had to adapt due to the pandemic and some of the positive effects these changes have brought to school communities.
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.
Joining Matthew this week is David Griffiths of Old Buckenham Hall and Henry Price of Oakham. We discuss pre-testing – a process to help senior schools find the right candidates but something which is often stressful for parents and pupils.
Joining Matthew this week is Kate Reynolds of The Royal High School, Bath and Olivera Raraty of Malvern St James. With in-person Open Days not an option, we explore how the virtual admissions process has provided some surprising benefits.
Children have vivid imaginations and there is nothing like reading and becoming aware of other people, worlds and circumstances. Vivienne Durham explains why the school library should be at the heart of every good school.
We live in challenging times which have inevitably had an impact on education. No longer is examination success the passport to a successful and fulfilling life – it's more complex than that, as James Barnes explains.
English belongs to everyone. English is everything and nothing. Tim Hands explains it is not just a language, with a magnificent literature written in it, but an evolving construct which draws the globe together.
Independent schools are doing increasing amounts to support the state sector but, as Christopher King explains, it is often pupils who are the biggest beneficiaries of partnerships, rather than schools.
Society is becoming ever more polarised and parents can find themselves criticised for choosing a private school for their child. Matthew Smith looks at why independent education is seen as buying 'privilege'.
For most parents, teachers' pensions are unlikely to be something to which you would have given much thought. Julie Robinson looks at the significant issue of the teacher pensions shortfall and its impact on schools.
Parents who have opted for an independent school have no doubt found themselves challenged to justify the decision in an awkward social situation. Julie Robinson highlights the findings of a report on the value of independent schools.
Our education system is skewed too much towards assessment. John Attwater of King's Ely outlines how it could shift to place a far greater emphasis on equipping pupils with the right skills for the future.