Spring 2019

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In schools we trust

The critical relationship between parents and schools is one of trust. Dominic Floyd, Head of Prep at Mount Kelly, looks at how online forums and messaging groups can erode this. Read more...

Getting enough sleep

Some children struggle to get off to sleep and as a result this can become a cause of stress and anxiety for parents. Jane Prescott, Headmistress of Portsmouth High School GDST, offers some advice. Read more...

Is it really worth it?

Sending your child to a prep school is a serious financial outlay but the benefits are considerable. Sally Weber-Spokes, Head of Yarrells, explains why prep education is worth every penny. Read more...

Engineering the future

Engineering has never been regarded as applicable for prep school age children but, as Nigel Helliwell, Headmaster of St Faith’s in Cambridge explains, the benefits for pupils are enormous. Read more...

Diversity in schools

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

News as homework

One of the best ways to improve a child’s general knowledge of the world is to read a newspaper, says Jane Lunnon, Head of Wimbledon High School GDST. So why not set newspapers as homework? Read more...

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Futureproofing

Matthew Smith explores how parents can help children face an unpredictable world.
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Strength in numbers

Julie Robinson highlights the findings of a report on the value of independent schools.
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Exits and entrances

Peter Tait explores the reasons for the shift in senior school entrance procedures.
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Variety and choice

Christopher King highlights why curriculum freedom is so important for prep schools.
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Time for a school dog?

Mark Hammond explains how school dogs have a hugely positive impact on a school.
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Valuing friendships

Charlotte de la Peña looks at a fresh approach to solving pupil friendship problems.
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Teaching leadership

John Gilmour argues it is time everyone has the chance to develop leadership skills.
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What is English?

Tim Hands looks at English and concludes it’s a subject of secondary importance.
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Behind the cover photo

Bede’s Zoo contains around 70 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, including Madagascan lemurs and South American squirrel monkeys. It’s a truly unique facility: a teaching resource which enables pupils to learn and to pursue their interests, and which allows pupils to participate in national and international programmes for the benefit of wildlife. (Photo: Paul Hickinbotham, Positive Negatives) www.bedes.org

Spring 2019 Contents

Contents
Spring 2019
Futureproofing
Matthew Smith, Editor
In schools we trust
Dominic Floyd, Mount Kelly Prep
Getting enough sleep
Jane Prescott, Portsmouth High
Is it really worth it?
Sally Weber-Spokes, Yarrells School
Engineering the future
Nigel Helliwell, St Faith's
Diversity in schools
Rose Hardy, St Margaret's
News as homework
Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High
Strength in numbers
Julie Robinson, ISC
Exits and entrances
Peter Tait
Variety and choice
Christopher King, IAPS
Time for a school dog?
Mark Hammond, Skippers Hill
Valuing friendships
Charlotte de la Peña, St James Girls'
Teaching leadership
John Gilmour, Craigclowan Prep
What is English?
Tim Hands, Winchester College