Monthly Archives: March 2012

In the public interest: tax relief for private school fees?

Budget week is always a battle between the economic head and the political heart.  Some difficult decisions make fiscal sense but upset electoral hearts.  Take lowering the top rate of income tax whilst reducing tax free personal allowances for pensioners; … Continue reading

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As rare as hens’ teeth

There are many things Heads don’t like receiving including parental complaints and poor examination results, but high on the list will be letters of resignation from Maths, Physics and Economics teachers.  The reason is simple; the UK is running out … Continue reading

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Peers, parents or school?

The 1966 Coleman report famously found that schools had a very limited effect on the academic attainment of children. The education, income and social class of parents outweighed school quality as measured by class size, teacher experience, and school expenditure … Continue reading

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Lessons from the past…

This weekend I was in Edinburgh meeting Old Perseans at our Scottish reunion.  It is always fascinating to discover where a Perse education has taken alumni, and the Scottish OPs included a shepherd, a consultant in nano medicine, a world … Continue reading

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