Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child

Potential

Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College Deeply embedded in articles on what makes a good school you may find a short paragraph on its provision for the ordinary pupil, but that genus deserves further attention. Some of the hardest work a school has to […]

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Sport for all

Sport

Sport for all Alastair Land, Headmaster of Repton Schools Sport as a key activity undertaken by all boarders outside the classroom has long been a tradition of boarding schools, certainly since the great Victorian reformers. Before that time boarders were at liberty to do as they pleased and were entirely under their own direction, doing […]

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The case for continuity

Giggleswick School

Mark Turnbull, Headmaster of Giggleswick School An ability to adapt to change is something we all recognise as an important skill in the modern workplace. In an age when technology allows ‘trends’ the briefest of lives before extinguishing them, and where almost all teenagers seem to be in near constant contact with peers beyond their […]

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Schools together in partnership

Independent Schools Council (ISC)

Schools together in partnership Julie Robinson, General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) Independent schools have been connected with their local communities and collaborating with state-maintained schools for many years but only recently have we begun to collect data which clearly demonstrates this. The facts show independent schools are very much part of the […]

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Developing thinking skills across the curriculum

Developing

Developing thinking skills across the curriculum Dr Lorraine Earps, Head Teacher of Queen’s College, Taunton For the first time as educationalists, we are attempting to prepare young people for a future we do not recognise. A pupil moving into Year 7 this year is likely to enter the world of work in around 2028 and […]

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PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education

acronyms

PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education – Delyth Lynch, former Deputy Head (Pastoral and Wellbeing) atWellingtonCollege When I was 17, I spent three weeks of my summer holiday planning and delivering a holiday to a group of children from a school in Cheshire who had severe learning difficulties. They travelled annually to my […]

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Understanding the world around us

Understanding the world

Understanding the world around us Mark Lascelles, Head Master of Dauntsey’s Many of our finest independent schools were founded for the public good and the vast majority continue to have a strong tradition of charitable giving and community involvement. Dauntsey’s was founded in the sixteenth century by William Dauntesey. Dauntesey went to London to make […]

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Teamwork, leadership and service – enrichment in schools as a key to character development

Teamwork

Teamwork, leadership and service – enrichment in schools as a key to character development Thomas Garnier, Headmaster of Pangbourne College A well-rounded education which develops children mentally, physically and socially relies heavily on the strength of a school’s co-curricular programmes. This is particularly important in a boarding environment where pupils have less time away from the […]

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Supporting character development in a boarding school

Supporting

Supporting character development in a boarding school Paul Sanderson, Headmaster of Bloxham School Young people today need first class tuition and the finest academic qualifications to succeed, but they also need strength of character and skills such as communication, teamwork and resilience, to build happy, fulfilling and worthwhile lives. A boarding education can provide the […]

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The positive impact of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. Each section of a DofE programme offers opportunities for young people to develop their confidence, improve their self-esteem and feel fitter and healthier through the Physical and Expedition […]

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Using the power of technology wisely

Sherborne Girls

Using the power of technology wisely Dr Ruth Sullivan, Headmistress of Sherborne Girls Anyone who spends time with young people will know what a dominant force digital technology can be in their lives. The hours spent clicking and swiping, liking and emoting, can seem endless with the phone or tablet device an apparently constant fixture. […]

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Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award – acknowledging the champions of boarding

Boarding Achievement Award

Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award – acknowledging the champions of boarding For over 50 years, the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) has championed boarding throughout the UK and internationally. We know that boarding has been, is and will continue to be a desirable education choice for thousands of parents and children, and we have worked to […]

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Boarding at sixth-form colleges

Abbey college

Dr Julian Davies, Principal of Abbey College Cambridge Independent boarding schools have a long history of creating well-rounded pupils with excellent results. Most pupils beginning an A-level course or an International Foundation Programme are striving to gain the best possible grades and complete a challenging programme of academic study, and also yearning to exercise their […]

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Talking with children and young people about what to do in a terrorist attack

Terrorism

Talking with children and young people about what to do in a terrorist attack Dr Adrian Dwyer, counter-terrorism risk adviser In recent years, awareness of ‘international’ terrorism in Britain has increased to a level unprecedented in modern history. Children and young people are exposed to unremitting and increasingly graphic output from social and news media […]

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