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Sustainable futures

Sustainability is very much a way of life for today's children. Kay Goldsworthy of St Ives explores the wide range of changes both schools and parents can make to develop a more sustainable outlook.

One small step

Matthew Smith argues that for independent schools to really lead on environmental awareness, parents will need to play their part.

Women are not small men

Gendered stereotyping is all around us and its impact is far from benign, explains Jane Gandee of St Swithun's. From an early age, it can affect the choices our children make and their future careers.

Who inspires girls today?

As the Girls’ Schools Association names its Woman of the Year shortlist, its President, Sue Hincks, considers the relevance of role models for young women today and why the award was started.

A voice in society

Pupils have long sought to express their views through a school council but as Sue Hincks, Head of Bolton School Girls' Division discovers, the debates today are firmly focussed on big global issues.

The truly beautiful game

The traditional image of chess is wrong says Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College. Chess offers pupils an opportunity to grow in confidence and learn new skills.

Diversity in schools

Attending a truly diverse school gives pupils significant benefits for later life. Rose Hardy, Headmistress of St Margaret's School, looks at how schools can provide an environment which supports all children.

Time for a school dog?

Specially trained school dogs can have a hugely positive impact on a prep school community. Mark Hammond, Head of Skippers Hill Manor Prep, explains the benefits.

Valuing friendships

Charlotte de la Peña, Deputy Head (Pastoral) of St James Senior Girls', looks at a fresh approach to the difficult issue of trying to solve pupil friendship problems.

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