Independent schools play a vital role in supporting music in the curriculum Put the right child – boy soprano – in the right church, preferably ancient and candlelit, at the right time, as close to Christmas as possible, and even strong men may weep. There is something about a frosty December night, the silence and… Read More »
There’s lots of talk on how to be a more effective independent school governor – but why would anyone want to do it in the first place?
Edexcel has announced it will upload all of its marked A-level exam scripts; are we about to see A grades rise even further? OK, so first you have to know that I am writing this on A-level results day, and whatever I intended to write has just been trumped by the newspapers reporting, not the… Read More »
Schools praise their students; is it time that teachers get the same treatment?
What have I learned about the power of connections? Once upon a time, at a conference in a galaxy far away, a very new headteacher (like, two weeks in post) attended her first association conference. She had seen Heads under whom she had served shoot off for such an occasion towards the end of a… Read More »
What’s the gender pay gap in schools, and how does it impact senior leadership teams? It had to happen: the rhetoric of the business world seeps even further into education and now it reaches the most important people in schools: the pupils. This time, what we are observing is part business-speak – and, indeed, practice… Read More »
Building a school theatre is always a good idea. A wise and kindly headmaster once ticked me off for running a fund-raising campaign to build a new sports centre for the school of which I was headteacher, and which had not then entered The Schools Arms Race, with new facilities popping up like a rash.… Read More »
How will the university landscape impact the next generation? Go on then – what is it worth? Not your second-hand car or even your best tip for the Grand National. No, your degree. When did you get it and what is it worth?
Does everything have a right and wrong answer? Which subjects can’t be tied down to assessment objectives? If spring is here, can exams be far behind? Of course not. The academic and calendar years tick by – a teacher told me last week that by week four of the spring term, they were exactly half… Read More »
Buried in a breathless review of the recent exhibition, ‘Raphael: The Drawings’, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, there’s a reference to something I know – recognise – but have never heard named thus. It’s a term that really nails a complicated and attractive quality one might wish one had, particularly if one was a… Read More »