A good school is one that delivers a lot more than exam results. You can what makes a good school from its results and achievements, breadth of education, teaching, facilities and look and feel. That’s the consensus from the views of academic research, Ofsted, headteachers, and parents. The definition matters because we throw the good […]
Type of school
The type of school; characteristics such as its size, whether it is mixed or single sex, faith or not, day or boarding, independent or state, academy or maintained, selective or mixed ability, all through or primary or secondary.
Does the type of school determine the quality of your child's education or just the nature of their experience?
Prep school fee increases show no sign of slowing, but now parents can find the ones that offer best value for money. One of the difficulties parents had with choosing a prep school was that there was no data to compare them. Senior schools, for instance, can be compared by exam results, however limited that […]
There are many good reasons for choosing all-through schools. That they provide continuous education from ages 2 to 18 shouldn’t be one of them. All-through schools are schools that are both junior and senior schools. They offer a continuous schooling experience typically from age 4 or 7 to age 16 or 18. Some offer schooling […]
The number of pupils moving between state and independent schools is increasing. It seems that more and more people are talking about moving between state and independent schools. If you’re considering switching from a prep school to a state secondary (grammar) or a state primary to a independent secondary you’re not alone. The topic is […]
Should a school’s legal status influence the school you choose for your child? Are you considering switching? This article summarises the practical differences between an independent school, a state maintained school and an academy. What is a Maintained school? A maintained school is a state school that is maintained by a local education authority (LEA); […]
A successful school becomes a popular school. And that can lead to its downfall. Here’s five things to look out for. Like most parents, when you chose your child’s school there were a few things about it that you particularly liked. It could have been the staff, the facilities, the academic results, the interesting outdoor […]
Boarding school won’t suit everyone. You know that. Boarding school is expensive. You know that too. Should you send your child to boarding school? You’re unsure about that. This might inform your decision. How many boarding schools are there? In the UK there are 497 mainstream schools that offer boarding to 75,000 pupils. Or 2% […]
Selective grammar and private schools dominate the league tables. Yet current research suggests that they make no difference to pupils’ grades. So how do you decide which one, if any, is right for your child? Despite decades of political manipulation, parents still covet a place at an academically selective school for their child. Their thinking […]
Church schools are smaller and more selective than secular schools. Discipline, pastoral care, and staff ratios are no different. Even though only 6% of the UK population regularly worship, 26% of children attend a school with religious character. These faith schools account for over 30% of UK schools. 98.5% of them are church schools, affiliated […]
There is no difference in the academic attainment of boys and girls in mixed or single sex schools. But there may be differences in social and emotional intelligence, and self-confidence. A mixed or a single sex school? The number one question Should I send my child to a mixed (co-educational) or single sex school? That’s […]
While writing the Broad Curriculum set of articles I became pre-occupied by two questions. The first was “What is the point of education?” which I address here. If we know what the point of education is everything else should fall into place; the curriculum, the structures, the sponsorship, and so on. But it seems we […]
You’ve paid the fees but the school fee extras can be significant. Don’t forget to budget for them. For those of you thinking of independent schooling, you’ve probably already made a note of sacrifices (let’s call them “lifestyle changes”) you’ll be making to pay the fees. And if you haven’t, you should know that the […]