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Defining Success

April 20th 2018 - Peter Tait

“The world our kids are going to live in is changing four time faster than our schools” Dr William Daggett (one of the original new-age cliches used about education) It is said tha...

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When do we teach integrity in school

When do we start Teaching Integrity?

April 5th 2018 - Peter Tait

The fall out over ball-tampering by members of the Australian team in South Africa serves as a warning that not is all well in the world of sport. While Steve Smith has left to han...

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Choosing a School for your SEN child

Choosing a School for your SEN child

March 2nd 2018 - William Dunlop

Choosing a school for any child can be daunting, and doubly so for a child with special educational needs. The task itself, however, remains the same: you are looking for a school...

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The New Education

The New Education

March 2nd 2018 - Peter Tait

‘What does education do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.’ Henry David Thoreau At a time when the function and role of schools is under the cosh like neve...

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Early years and nursery education

What can parents do to help 3+ assessments?

March 2nd 2018 - Sabine Hook

Even as young as two some parents are already embarking into the mad and unsettling world of 3+ assessments. Some schools use this assessment to select children for nursery classes...

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British Schools Abroad

British Schools Abroad

February 26th 2018 - Peter Tait

The decision of Jim Hawkins to take on a senior management role in a global education initiative after seven years as Head Master of Harrow School follows a similar decision made b...

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Social Mobility

Social Mobility? Not on this watch!

February 26th 2018 - Peter Tait

Sean Fenton, Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School (confusingly an independent school) and Chairman designate of HMC for 2018 – 2019 has recently been in the news reiterating the of...

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Turning the Tables

Turning the Tables

February 18th 2018 - Peter Tait

The announcement by the Schools Minister, Nick Gibbs, that some 290 schools are about to trial new on-screen tables tests for 7 and 8 year olds is just another example of the State...

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Too much choice in education

Too Much Choice in Education

February 13th 2018 - Peter Tait

From a young age the journey of my life was not a matter of discussion or conjecture. On my fifth birthday, I started school, the primary that was closest to where I lived. That wa...

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Cheating in exams - who wins ?

Cheating? Who wins?

February 13th 2018 - Peter Tait

In 2004, Francis Gilbert wrote a book called ‘I’m a Teacher, Get me out of Here’ in which he wrote of the epidemic of cheating in schools, laying the blame firmly at the teachers’...

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What being an Alumni from one of the Clarendon Schools really means

January 29th 2018 - Peter Tait

News that the dominance of the Clarendon Schools has diminished in recent years needs to be taken with a pinch of salt– after all, as the report says, alumni of the nine schools: E...

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Girls in Charge

January 29th 2018 - Peter Tait

In light of the row about gender specific language, The Girls’ School Association has become the latest body under fire for its use of nomenclature. Its response from Cheryl Giovan...

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Education Consultant London

Where is our Moral Compass?

January 29th 2018 - Peter Tait

Over the past few years over 400 million people in China have been lifted out of poverty, a social and economic movement unparalleled in modern history. The collapse of communism a...

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The Arms Race in Education

The Arms Race in Education

January 8th 2018 - Peter Tait

Over recent years there has been a change in the demography of parents accessing an independent school education. The professional classes, once the backbone of such schools, have...

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Morals and Ethics in our Schools

Morals and Ethics in our Schools

January 8th 2018 - Peter Tait

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” Pope Paul II As the Government continues its crusade to enforce the teaching of British v...

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Education in China

Education in China

December 8th 2017 - Peter Tait

“Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.” (Chinese Proverb) Last October, I was one of five head teachers invited by the British Council to visit China. The G...

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Censorship and Personal Freedom

The New Dark Age: Censorship and Personal Freedom

December 8th 2017 - Peter Tait

Reading the news, it would seem that we sit on the precipice of a new dark age in which civilization, as we know it, is unraveling. With Orwell as the prophet and Golding the premo...

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In Education, London is another Country

November 30th 2017 - Peter Tait

Listening to speakers at a recent forum on education in London, I was struck by just how different education in the City is from the rest of the country. It should be no surprise t...

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Modelling for Life

November 1st 2017 - Peter Tait

Children are very perceptive. Often, what they might not be able to understand intellectually, they sense intuitively, but invariably while young, they learn best by imitation, through what they see and experience in the home, rather than by what they’re told. Prince Charles is reputed to have said ‘I learned the way a monkey does – by watching its parents’ and that is true for all of us. After all, who else has such an overwhelming presence in our young lives.

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Inside looking out

November 1st 2017 - Peter Tait

It is very apparent that not all is well in the world of our young. Statistics on mental health, bullying, suicide, eating disorders, and unhappiness make damning reading. A recent...

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