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One of the great joys and benefits of a boarding education is the fact that there is the time and the space to offer a rich array of opportunities which enable young people to grow and develop and explore the person they are. They develop passions and interests, they develop their character and they learn to play a positive part in a community – all things that will help them to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

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    Using robotics, 3-D printing and computing in a prep school

    The perception that this challenge involves the adoption of a completely new set of skills needs to change. In fact, much of what we can learn from computational thinking has been championed by prep schools for generations: resilience, perseverance, dedication,...

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    Outdoor learning – ‘rewilding’ pupils

    Two years later, Ofsted, the schools’ inspection service, commissioned a report called Learning Outside the Classroom, how far should you go? The report found that ‘learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and...

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    The importance of pastoral care

    When parents are looking for the right boarding school for their family, three of the most important questions they usually have are: Where will my child sleep? What will they eat? Who will support them? In the past, support may...

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  • Teaching empathy

    Drama may hold the key. An indication of this direction of travel can be seen in a recent World Economic Forum report The Future of Jobs 2020 (https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-future-of-jobs-report-2020). The report notes that employers are prioritising creativity and emotional intelligence. These...

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  • The importance of creativity

    This development is exciting and has great potential to attract a whole new cohort of pupils who might otherwise disengage from STEM subjects. Once art and design technology is blended in with the traditional STEM subjects, a more imaginative and...

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  • Keeping children safe in boarding education

    I can remember thinking to myself that in my experience all children are precious to their parents, but that it was a good question and a reminder that the responsibility a boarding school has to its pupils to ensure all...

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  • Boarding as preparation for twenty-first century life

    UK boarding schools are renowned for the standard of education they provide, but the events of 2020 demonstrated the importance of the broad range of skills we teach. The word ‘character education’ has become over-used but Gordonstoun was a true...

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    Preparing pupils for the transition to senior schools

    At Swanbourne House, we know it’s an evolving and creative process, with no ‘catch all’ approach. A personal approach is rightly expected by families, and creating a robust, specific path for the child to their chosen senior school can be...

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