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If the headship cap fits… to lead is to learn how

Hilary Moriarty reports from the Boarding Schools’ Association’s deputy heads conference When the National College’s chief executive Steve Munby addressed deputies at the Boarding Schools’ Association’s annual deputy heads conference recently, he referred to people “assuming the mantle of leadership”, a garment which, he asserted, fitted some people very well from the off. Other people… Read More »

Pastoral Work: And those who practise it

Nineteen writers with a wealth of varied experience provide invaluable advice on the social and educational context in which we work; pastoral issues and the law; pastoral strategies, teams and tactics; pastoral care of younger children; the essentials of pastoral care in prep schools; the boarding houseparents; running a girls’ house in a coeducational school;… Read More »

Thank God it's Friday

Something lovely about Thursday night – there seems to be a ‘Nearly there!’ party on the pavement outside every London pub, with young people in their 20s and early 30s knocking back enormous glasses of white wine – every glass a third of a bottle no doubt.  Long term damage of no account when it’s… Read More »

Hilary Moriarty on Radio 5 Live

On 29 May Hilary was interviewed on the BBC Radio 5 Live Richard Bacon show in a discussion about boarding schools – “are boarding schools good for children”.  She was in a discussion with a number of callers, Simon Partridge (a member of Boarding Concern) and the host Rachel Burden (sitting in for Richard Bacon).… Read More »

BSA website relaunch

The Boarding Schools’ Association website, at has recently been redesigned and relaunched.  Go along and visit to find information about jobs in the boarding sector, details of the specialised boarding training that the association offers, frequently asked questions and boarding school news.

Welcome to my blog…

A very warm welcome to my blog! I’m Hilary Moriarty, and I’m the National Director for the Boarding Schools’ Assocation and State Boarding Schools’ Association. I’ll be using this blog to post articles and comments relating to the education sector, and in particular, about the boarding sector. Please subscribe to the feed if you’re interested… Read More »