Tag Archives: Independent school

We wish them well

Today we said goodbye to the Upper Sixth, who left in an emotional whirl of hugs, tears, laughter and ice cream. I always watch them go with a mix of pride, admiration and anticipation, knowing we have done our best … Continue reading

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Talking tough on teacher standards

Rigour is a word that Michael Gove likes.  We are to have rigorous public exams, rigour in the teaching profession, a rigorous approach to school accountability, perhaps even the Department for Rigour. As Head of a leading independent school I … Continue reading

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Buying a private education could help the state…

Why is it that those who pay for private education are often criticised?  The answer is that they are suspected of buying an unfair advantage for their children which exaggerates inequalities in society.  However, significant inequalities already exist within state … Continue reading

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Money, schools and medals – a head’s view of the London Olympics

I have just returned from Australia where the natural order has been turned upside down.  Not a ‘whinging pom’ in ear shot, but lots of ‘ozzies’ whining about their country’s below par performance in the Olympics.  With Britain set to … Continue reading

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Survival of the fittest

Dr Martin Stephen, Perse Headmaster from 1987-1994, has claimed in the Times Educational Supplement that some private schools “are frozen in the past” with “governance structures ill-suited to contemporary society”.  He argues that year on year fee increases have led … 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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What will the New Year bring?

By tradition my first lesson of the New Year is a time for students to predict the future.  Whether in Geography or Politics, Perseans delight in rising to the challenge and speculating on what the New Year will bring.  It … Continue reading

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