Hilary Moriarty welcomes changes to boarding school culture which mean that parent/child separation is no longer as definitive as it once was
SecEd columnist Hilary Moriarty steps down this summer after eight years working at the heart of the boarding school community. She gives her farewell thoughts, including on the future of boarding education.
Headteachers of both state and private boarding schools held their annual gathering recently. What do you need for a good conference? A good hotel, great food, convivial company and star speakers. Apart from losing education secretary Michael Gove at the last minute, the Boarding Schools’ Association, of which 38 are state boarding schools, did well… Read More »
How did the week before Easter get so busy? It was useful to be able to combine a trip to Manchester as a guest of ATL at their dinner, with two hours with British Council staff at their headquarters, but still felt like a hectic twenty four hours. Conversation at the ATL dinner a stimulating… Read More »
In the summer of 2011, I visited Monmouth School and picked my way through the builders’ debris while Head Steven Connors talked me through the vision of how the new boarding house would look ‘in just a few months’. And he was right. So it was a delight to be able to attend the opening… Read More »
Hilary was interviewed for a BBC One Show feature on state boarding schools, featuring Wymondham College. The interview aired on 20 March.
All very well to plan to blog on a Monday, not so easy when Monday finds you at a Global Symposium (an interesting distinction – not a Conference) in Georgetown, which is cheek-by-jowl with Washington DC. I was asked had I travelled with Cameron (no. . .) and did I enjoy sharing a platform with… Read More »
Oops – missed a week. Apologies! I do know that a blog should be current and it does not look good to go silent, especially when you’re not even on holiday – but last week just ran away from me. Actually, in the nicest possible way. Spent Wednesday visiting Lichfield Cathedral School and revisiting old… Read More »
The week begins with a meeting with The Buttle Trust, which is hoping to increase the number of disadvantaged children it assists into boarding school, from its present number of 300 to 800 by 2017. The Buttle Trust already works with 120 schools, and hopes to increase this number so that good places can be… Read More »
It’s half term, and the phones really do go quiet, and there is a lot less email traffic. Probably because quick holidays are being grabbed not just by personnel in our schools, but also by everyone else we work with – in Government and in other Associations – because their families also have half term. … Read More »