The Autumn issue of Attain was published on the 4th September 2019. It can be read via our browser app or by downloading it for tablet and phone.
Social mobility has stagnated for far too long, says James Turner of the Sutton Trust. It's time for the Government to enable independent schools to be within reach of bright pupils from all backgrounds.
It is easy to get caught up in all the pressures of life – at work, home and school. Kit Thompson of Unicorn School urges parents to step back and check if there is enough space in their family lives.
It's often as hard for parents as it is for a child when starting a new school but, as Linda Renfrew of Hoe Bridge School suggests, there are some simple rules which make life so much easier for everyone.
Success is a relative concept as Tim Smith of Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep explains. Sometimes, to help motivate a child, it is better to remove pressure and remember it's a marathon and not a sprint.
The start of term is a time to look ahead not just academically but pastorally as well, says Claire Boyd of Wimbledon High School. Positive behaviours can make all the difference to a child's mental fitness.
Matthew Smith looks at why we live in a society where spending money to educate your child is seen as buying 'privilege'.
Julie Robinson of ISC explores the challenges of being a role model and why teaching good manners is vital.
Tim Hands of Winchester College shares his concern about parents who view anything other than Oxbridge as second best.
Christopher King of IAPS explores why pupils are the biggest beneficiaries of partnerships, rather than schools.
Vivienne Durham of GSA discusses the role of AI and wonders whether machines will replace teachers in the future.
As GSA names its Woman of the Year shortlist, Sue Hincks considers the relevance of role models for young women today.
James Priory of Tonbridge School explores the line between parental encouragement and unhealthy vicarious ambition.
Behind the cover photo
In the heart of the inspirational Wye Valley, the family of Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools has been educating children since 1614. In the last two years, the schools have developed the Monmouth Model of education where they deliver single-sex and co-educational teaching at the optimum stage of a child's development. They have had an exciting period of change at Monmouth with their prep and senior schools, united by shared values, working much closer together, including the launch of co-education- al teaching in their Sixth Form. (Photo: www.paulbroadrick.com) www.habsmonmouth.org