Fresh Thinking Podcast

Join Attain’s Editor as he talks to leading Heads, as well as other special guests, about the issues affecting schools and parents today. Our 'Fresh Thinking' podcast is all the best aspects of Attain but in a convenient audio format.

Almost 15 years ago, we started Attain – a new type of magazine to help parents and staff at independent schools. From what began as a small publication quickly became the leading magazine of the sector – enjoyed by parents and Heads alike.

We know our readers value our mix of features, opinion pieces and news. But the debates and discussions surrounding education often move quickly. We want to go beyond the confines of a termly magazine and talk about the issues affecting schools today.

And that’s where our Fresh Thinking podcast comes in. It’s all the best aspects of Attain but in a convenient audio format.

Join Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith, as he talks to some of the leading Heads in the country, as well as some other special guests.

How to listen to Fresh Thinking

You can listen to our Fresh Thinking podcast via the Attain website or via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Podcast Episodes


Episode 4: Perseverance and sleep

Joining Matthew this week is Charles Fillingham of Francis Holland School and Jane Prescott of Portsmouth High. We discuss how you can teach your child the skill of perseverance and why getting a good night’s sleep is so critical for us all.


Episode 3: Trampoline parenting

Joining Matthew this week is Clemmie Stewart, Head of Surbiton High Prep Schools and Rebecca Glover, Principal of Surbiton High School. We discuss the new concept of 'trampoline parenting' and the positive advantages it offers parents and children.


Episode 2: Unexpected consequences

Joining Matthew this week is Susan McLean, Head of Kitebrook Prep and Nina Kingsmill Moore, Head of Glendower Prep. We discuss how the changes needed for socially-distanced pick up and drop off has surprisingly boosted children's confidence.


Episode 1: A new school year

Joining Matthew this week is Sarah Segrave, Head of Eaton House The Manor Prep and Julie Robinson, Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Council. We discuss a new school year in the midst of a pandemic and the challenges facing the sector.