Independent School Management Plus RSS feedhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/Our RSS feeden-usCopyright (C) 2020 https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/Unplug your phone and recharge - your staff will thank youHeadteachers need to take care of their emotional health, in order to be the leaders they need to be, writes Mark Leppardhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/unplug-your-phone-and-recharge-your-staff-will-thank-youWed, 25 Nov 2020 15:58:27 +0000Scholarships: financial drain or recruitment boost?School managers need to have their eye on the long-term sustainability of scholarship offerings, writes Lucy Barnwellhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/are-scholarships-a-financial-drain-or-recruitment-supportWed, 25 Nov 2020 12:30:16 +0000History is not about pride or shame in events pastSchools are failing to teach about the empire to a meaningful degree, writes Peter Tait, and something needs to be donehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/history-is-not-about-pride-or-shame-in-events-pastTue, 24 Nov 2020 15:39:48 +0000Majority of teachers found home learning guidance 'unhelpful'A poll by the Chartered College of Teaching found teachers felt the DfE had not listened to their feedbackhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/majority-of-teachers-found-home-learning-guidance-unhelpfulTue, 24 Nov 2020 14:49:11 +0000Universities could go easy on students who have missed schoolPlans are being considered to tell universities how much learning pupils have missed due to Covidhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/universities-could-go-easy-on-students-who-have-missed-schoolTue, 24 Nov 2020 13:03:06 +0000In Focus: 'Selling an educational business can be so emotive'Expert Alex Stanford-Tuck explores what to consider to ensure the successful sale of an educational businesshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/selling-an-educational-business-can-be-so-emotiveTue, 24 Nov 2020 10:29:52 +0000Students came back for their exam years 'further ahead' The 'intensity' of online learning meant some of her pupils were more advanced after lockdown, says Jane Prescott from the GSAhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/students-came-back-for-their-exam-years-further-ahead-than-usualThu, 19 Nov 2020 15:29:20 +0000Many in the class of 2020 are lukewarm about their record-breaking resultsIt would be 'folly' to cancel next year's GCSEs and A-levels without a well-planned and tested alternative, writes Ed Elliott, head of the Perse Schoolhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/many-in-the-class-of-2020-are-luke-warm-about-their-record-breaking-resultsWed, 18 Nov 2020 16:33:14 +0000Running a school in the Silicon Valley 'pressure cooker'Sally Thorogood examines the impact on learning in a uniquely innovative and success-focused environment https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/running-a-school-in-the-silicon-valley-pressure-cookerWed, 18 Nov 2020 15:25:06 +0000'Offering extra doesn't mean spoon feeding pupils or en suite rooms'Education will only change for the better if educators help form policies that prepare children for the future, writes Malcolm Jeffreyhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/we-continually-give-in-to-a-group-of-narcissistic-greedy-short-term-thinkersWed, 18 Nov 2020 10:54:28 +0000Nearly two thirds of state secondaries have pupils self-isolatingAttendance has fallen in English secondaries due to pupils coming into potential contact with coronavirus caseshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/nearly-two-thirds-of-secondaries-have-pupils-self-isolatingTue, 17 Nov 2020 17:12:16 +0000Councils report rise in children leaving full-time schoolThe Local Government Association says children who are withdrawn from school can be vulnerable without monitoringhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/councils-report-rise-in-children-leaving-full-time-schoolTue, 17 Nov 2020 16:25:18 +0000Everyone has to face their school management 'bushtucker trials'It is not weak to ask for help in these testing times, writes Tracy Shandhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/what-are-your-school-management-bushtucker-trialsTue, 17 Nov 2020 15:08:32 +0000'Are we really going to penalise exam candidates for where they live?'The Government must offer clarity on which options it is considering to make GCSEs and A-levels as fair as possible this year, writes Nick Pietrekhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/are-we-really-going-to-penalise-exam-candidates-for-where-they-liveTue, 17 Nov 2020 12:13:00 +0000Eve Jardine-Young - Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' CollegeEve Jardine-Young talks about what makes a school great, and how to offer a modern, rounded educationhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-discussion-with/eve-jardine-young-principal-of-cheltenham-ladies-collegeSat, 14 Nov 2020 16:15:34 +0000Jane Prescott - President of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA)Jane Prescott discusses independent education for girls and female leadershttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-discussion-with/jane-prescott-president-of-the-girls-schools-association-gsaSat, 14 Nov 2020 16:05:50 +0000One in four teachers feels 'unsafe' in school due to CovidA union survey reveals the depth of unease and overwork among teaching staff on the frontline during the second wavehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/one-in-four-teachers-feels-unsafe-in-school-due-to-covidWed, 11 Nov 2020 16:50:41 +0000Drum up the courage for a school rebrand - it could really pay offSarah Lee from Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools shares her experience of a major rebranding exercisehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/opting-to-rebrand-our-school-was-an-intense-experienceWed, 11 Nov 2020 12:49:51 +0000Will England hold firm on GCSEs and A-levels after Wales' decision?Wales' move to swap the 2021 GCSEs and A-levels for classroom tests sounds 'rather like exams', writes Nicholas Pietrek from Thorpe House Schoolhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/will-england-hold-firm-on-gcses-and-a-levels-after-wales-decisionWed, 11 Nov 2020 10:01:54 +0000'There's a middle way between scrapping GCSEs and the status quo'The upheaval from Covid-19 could let us rethink the role and structure of GCSEs, writes Paul Dwyer from Redmaids' High Schoolhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/there-s-middle-way-between-scrapping-gcses-and-the-status-quoTue, 10 Nov 2020 17:04:32 +0000Wales cancels 2021 GCSE and A-level examsExams will be replaced with in-class assessments instead, says Welsh education ministerhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/wales-cancels-2021-gcse-and-a-level-examsTue, 10 Nov 2020 16:33:28 +0000'Schools have so much to gain by forging links with universities'In Lincoln, partnerships between schools and universities have been of huge mutual benefit, argues Mark Wallacehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/schools-have-so-much-to-gain-by-forging-links-with-universitiesTue, 10 Nov 2020 12:37:29 +0000'School staff need to feel valued as much as their students do'Affirmation, rather than praise, could be a good way for leaders to encourage and motivate staffhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/school-staff-need-to-feel-valued-as-much-as-their-students-doTue, 10 Nov 2020 11:14:21 +0000Covid pressures 'unsustainable', heads tell OfstedThe latest briefing from the schools inspectorate finds that school leaders are facing 'unrealistic pressure' during the pandemichttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/school-leaders-tell-ofsted-of-unsustainable-covid-pressuresTue, 10 Nov 2020 10:36:43 +0000Ucas to set out 'radical options' for university admissions shake-upHeadteachers back plans to base university applications on actual grades, saying the issue has been in the 'too difficult drawer' long enoughhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/ucas-to-set-out-radical-options-for-university-admissions-shake-upMon, 09 Nov 2020 14:55:44 +0000Face masks mandatory in all secondaries by MondayUpdated guidance clarifies rules for headteachers, stressing that all secondary students must wear masks in corridors and communal areashttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/face-masks-will-be-mandatory-in-all-secondaries-by-mondayWed, 04 Nov 2020 17:09:41 +0000'We can't afford not to invest in school Covid security'Dean White, bursar of Stamford Endowed Schools, explains how they made the institution safe for students and staff during the pandemichttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/school-covid-security-the-downside-of-not-doing-enough-far-outweighs-the-costWed, 04 Nov 2020 11:04:28 +0000Teachers call for reduction in exam contentThousands of teachers have signed a petition calling for A-level and GCSE content to be reduced because of Covid disruptionhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/teachers-call-for-reduction-in-exam-contentTue, 03 Nov 2020 17:52:31 +0000'Done right, your virtual open day can be win-win'Don't be a perfectionist, tell good stories and create multiple ways for parents to engage, writes Lucy Barnwellhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/making-the-most-of-virtual-open-daysTue, 03 Nov 2020 11:19:25 +000030 minutes with...Laura Firth, development director, Bolton SchoolA real sense of community and shared heritage makes fundraising for bursaries a rewarding job https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/development-fundraising/30-minutes-with-laura-firth-development-director-bolton-schoolMon, 02 Nov 2020 15:26:04 +0000Union calls for school closures during second lockdownThe NEU says schools are 'an engine for virus transmission'https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/union-calls-for-school-closures-during-second-lockdownSun, 01 Nov 2020 12:29:58 +0000'As educators or as parents, we can’t always make things right'A school mental health conference helps parents support their teenagers through difficult times, writes Emma Hattersley from Godolphin Schoolhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/schools-should-help-parents-to-care-for-their-child-s-mental-healthSun, 01 Nov 2020 11:31:08 +0000Easing the return for overseas pupils in the era of Covid-19A special course for international students returning to the UK this autumn allowed them to connect and cast fears aside, writes Nicky Adamshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/easing-the-return-for-international-studentsFri, 30 Oct 2020 16:22:32 +0000Majority of students want post-results university admissionsA poll for the Sutton Trust showed that many students would have applied to different universities had they known their real gradeshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/majority-of-students-want-post-results-university-admissionsFri, 30 Oct 2020 15:35:13 +0000Why now could be a great time to become an exam markerUncertainty over exams could lead to some markers dropping out - which will create opportunities for other staff, writes Susan Barnhursthttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/question-marks-hang-over-exams-so-why-not-become-an-exam-markerThu, 29 Oct 2020 17:19:23 +0000New UK college taps into popularity of 'liberal arts' degreesThe London Interdisciplinary School will allow students to follow courses based around problem solving skills https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/new-uk-college-taps-into-popularity-of-liberal-arts-degreesThu, 29 Oct 2020 15:50:05 +0000Q&A: Offering flexible and part-time workIndependent schools will benefit from a better recruitment pool if they embrace flexible working, writes Lindsay Patiencehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/q-a-improve-your-school-by-offering-flexible-and-part-time-workThu, 29 Oct 2020 14:31:16 +0000'I was shocked by the lack of part-time leadership posts in schools'Schools are missing out on top female staff if they remain blinkered over flexible working, writes Lindsay Patiencehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/i-was-shocked-by-the-lack-of-part-time-leadership-posts-and-even-teaching-jobsThu, 29 Oct 2020 12:47:38 +0000Female teacher wins tribunal after head chose man with 'a strong handshake'The case highlights serious recruitment pitfalls for independent schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/careers-centre/female-teacher-wins-tribunal-after-headmaster-chose-man-with-a-strong-handshakeThu, 22 Oct 2020 11:30:31 +0100Why are there no people of colour in school marketing materials?Schools will miss out on good students if they fail to use images of black pupils in promotional literature, writes Elaine Cunningham-Walkerhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/why-are-there-no-people-of-colour-in-school-marketing-materialsWed, 21 Oct 2020 14:23:30 +0100'Delve into your memories and try to remember what you used to find fun'As the pressures on heads and other school managers grow, they must find moments of 'flow and joy', says Tom Rogerson from Cottesmore Schoolhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/sit-in-a-pub-on-your-own-and-try-to-remember-what-you-used-to-find-funWed, 21 Oct 2020 12:19:03 +0100'When I grow up I want to be...an ethical hacker'We must prepare children for the future world of work, where young people could become 'urban shepherds ' or 'robot monitors', says Ger Graushttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-be-an-ethical-hackerWed, 21 Oct 2020 11:16:28 +0100Northern Ireland records 1,500 Covid cases in schoolsEducation minister Peter Weir spoke as the country began a two-week lockdown period to fight the spread of coronavirushttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/careers-centre/northern-ireland-records-1-500-covid-cases-in-schoolsTue, 20 Oct 2020 17:14:01 +0100Who said fundraising isn't ethical?James Underhill outlines the potential dilemmas for schools when it comes to fundraising, and offers advice on how to navigate themhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/development-fundraising/who-said-fundraising-isn-t-ethicalTue, 20 Oct 2020 15:40:38 +0100Why parents moaning on WhatsApp could be the best thing for your schoolSchools need to embrace the opportunities for good communication offered by parent messaging groups, write Emily Richardshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/why-parents-moaning-on-whatsapp-could-be-the-best-thing-for-your-schoolTue, 20 Oct 2020 12:57:05 +0100'Classics is alive and kicking in our corner of South London'Andrew Christie explains why his school was determined to bring the joys of Greek and Latin to local state schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/classics-is-alive-and-kicking-in-our-corner-of-south-london-and-so-it-should-beTue, 20 Oct 2020 11:13:45 +0100Anger over DfE's 'smaller class sizes' postState sector teachers says government claims they have smaller class sizes to stop the spread of coronavirus are falsehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/anger-over-dfe-s-smaller-class-sizes-postTue, 20 Oct 2020 10:54:11 +0100David Milner, International Marketing Manager at Sedbergh SchoolDavid talks about the journey that took him to his current role, what he loves about it and his passion for the sector.https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-the-hot-seat/in-the-hot-seat-david-milner-international-marketing-manager-at-sedbergh-schoolThu, 15 Oct 2020 15:28:51 +0100Tory Gillingham - Managing Director of AMCIShttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-discussion-with/tory-gillinghamThu, 15 Oct 2020 15:12:18 +0100Dr Michael Carslaw - Head of St. Leonards Fifehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-discussion-with/in-discussion-with-dr-michael-carslawThu, 15 Oct 2020 15:03:08 +0100Robin Fletcher - CEO of The Boarding Schools Associationhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/in-discussion-with/robin-fletcher-BSAThu, 15 Oct 2020 14:41:30 +0100Multiple choice questions could make exams fairer this year, says Ofqual chiefDame Glenys Stacey says contingency plans are under discussion, including proposals for invigilated mock examshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/multiple-choice-questions-could-make-exams-fairer-this-year-says-ofqual-chiefWed, 14 Oct 2020 16:18:47 +0100Don't underestimate the power of your alumni Schools who nurture their old boys and girls will find the effort pays off, writes Nick Richardsonhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/don-t-underestimate-the-power-of-your-alumniWed, 14 Oct 2020 13:08:56 +0100In Focus: Explaining the 'angst, doubt and heartache' of homeschoolingSchools faced with parents threatening to home educate need to know all the arguments against it, writes successful home educator Emma Whitehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/october-feature-explaining-the-angst-doubt-and-heartache-of-homeschoolingWed, 14 Oct 2020 11:17:58 +0100More secondary schools send children home due to CovidThe number of partially closed secondaries continues to rise, but overall attendance is up slightlyhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/more-secondary-schools-send-children-home-due-to-covidTue, 13 Oct 2020 16:58:58 +0100Don't get swept up in the 'wellbeing whirlwind'A more nuanced discussion is needed around how we best serve the mental health needs of students, says Sadie Hollinshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/don-t-get-swept-up-in-the-wellbeing-whirlwindTue, 13 Oct 2020 14:58:36 +0100Good school buildings are no indulgence - they really matterAntonia Berry explains how learning has been transformed by a visionary renovation and extension projecthttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/good-school-buildings-are-not-an-indulgence-they-really-matterTue, 13 Oct 2020 13:03:25 +0100Pupil numbers climb in international schools, despite CovidA new report from ISC Research shows schools are benefiting more from the local markethttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/pupil-numbers-climb-in-international-schools-despite-covidTue, 13 Oct 2020 12:05:28 +0100Gavin Williamson confirms three week exams delayThe education secretary is expected to remain under pressure from unions and others over GCSEs and A-levelshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/gavin-williamson-confirms-three-week-exams-delayMon, 12 Oct 2020 14:56:45 +0100'It's not the time for schools to hunker down - they need to be bold' Governors should not be afraid to challenge the curriculum status quo even in Covid times, writes Peter Taithttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/it-s-not-the-time-for-schools-to-hunker-down-they-need-to-be-boldWed, 07 Oct 2020 16:23:20 +0100Simplify Covid advice to combat home education rise, says Ofsted chiefA third of schools have seen a rise in home education over coronavirus concernshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/simplify-covid-advice-to-combat-home-education-rise-says-ofqual-chiefWed, 07 Oct 2020 14:25:07 +0100Ministers should show 'greater sense of urgency' over exam planGeoff Barton from the ASCL says ministers should do something more radical than delaying GCSEs and A levels by a few weekshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/ministers-should-show-greater-sense-of-urgency-over-exam-planWed, 07 Oct 2020 11:28:57 +0100Spotlight on a School: Tower College, RainhillJo Nugent explains how a very traditional school has embraced modern approaches to learning - and even has a teacher who designs video gameshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/spotlight-on-tower-college-rainhillTue, 06 Oct 2020 17:20:47 +0100'Flight to the countryside gives independent schools a big opportunity'Schools should make the most of the marketing opportunity offered by families moving to areas with lower living costshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/flight-to-the-countryside-could-give-independent-schools-a-big-opportunityTue, 06 Oct 2020 14:47:16 +0100'Great British tradition' of outdoor education under threatProviders have written to Boris Johnson to warn the freeze on overnight stays could cost 6,000 jobs by Januaryhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/great-british-tradition-of-outdoor-education-under-threatTue, 06 Oct 2020 12:58:13 +0100From log flume and crazy golf to Gordonstoun's first overseas outpostA franchise of the famous boarding school will be built on the site of a former theme park in Nova Scotia, principal Lisa Kerr and head of senior school Richard Devey explainhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/from-roller-coasters-and-crazy-golf-to-gordonstoun-s-first-overseas-outpostTue, 06 Oct 2020 11:46:56 +0100Don't call young people 'snowflakes' says high masterYoung people have endured so much lately and their wounds need to be healed, says Sally-Anne Huanghttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/don-t-call-young-people-snowflakes-says-high-masterMon, 05 Oct 2020 11:36:55 +0100How financial forecasting can help schools prepare for an uncertain futureTom Wilson highlights the vital process of financial modelling for independent schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/how-financial-forecasting-can-help-schools-prepare-for-an-uncertain-futureWed, 30 Sep 2020 16:34:26 +0100'Roll out the customer service red carpet - parents are paying for it'Lucy Barnwell explains how relatively little can go a long way when schools are interacting with paying customershttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/role-out-the-customer-service-red-carpet-after-all-parents-are-paying-for-itWed, 30 Sep 2020 12:22:44 +0100'I broke down every day in the week before they closed the schools'Nicola Griffiths got a lot more than she expected when she was promoted to acting head shortly before the Covid-19 crisishttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/i-broke-down-every-day-in-the-last-week-before-lockdownWed, 30 Sep 2020 11:05:21 +0100'Cancel A-levels this year' say university vice-chancellorsVice-chancellors say the move would give students affected by Covid-19 disruption more time to learnhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/cancel-a-levels-this-year-say-university-vice-chancellorsWed, 30 Sep 2020 09:51:29 +0100Children's commissioner calls for nation to prioritise young peopleAnne Longfield says children will be vulnerable to the knock-on effects of coronavirus, including economic meltdownhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/children-s-commissioner-calls-for-nation-to-prioritise-the-youngTue, 29 Sep 2020 17:23:07 +0100In Focus: The independent schools that (quietly) helped out during lockdownChris King reflects on the efforts schools made to contribute during the Covid-19 lockdown, stressing they would do it all again if duty calledhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/september-feature-the-independent-schools-that-quietly-stepped-up-to-the-plate-during-lockdownTue, 29 Sep 2020 15:37:10 +0100'There were no last minute booklets of guidance from the ministry'Chris Seal reports on Thailand's straightforward approach to Covid 19 and recalls how he and staff made the most of a summer 'stuck' in a holiday destination https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/there-were-no-last-minute-booklets-of-guidance-from-the-ministryTue, 29 Sep 2020 12:12:32 +0100Tatler reveals nominees for its independent schools awardsBig brands dominate the prestigious awards which accompany the publication of the magazine's guide to top schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/tatler-reveals-nominees-for-its-independent-schools-awardsTue, 29 Sep 2020 10:25:24 +0100Exam content 'may need to be halved' due to coronavirusHMC general secretary Simon Hyde said consultation over changes was done before the resurgence of caseshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/exam-content-may-need-to-be-halved-due-to-coronavirusMon, 28 Sep 2020 12:43:03 +0100'The transformation of a listed building is often complex and has great demands'Adapting older independent school buildings for modern-day use can be challenging, writes architect Regine Kandanhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/the-transformation-of-a-listed-building-is-often-complex-and-has-great-demandsWed, 23 Sep 2020 17:02:51 +0100Heads' union leader dismisses proposal for online exams Geoff Barton of ASCL says the idea of taking GCSEs and A-levels online is 'pie in the sky'https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/heads-union-leader-dismisses-proposal-for-online-examsWed, 23 Sep 2020 16:02:31 +0100Don't let money laundering land your school in troubleTim Ryan explains how to mitigate the problem and avoid unwittingly committing an offencehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/don-t-let-money-laundering-land-your-school-in-troubleWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:42:27 +0100'Opening schools was a herculean effort but keeping them open is harder'David James reflects on the difficulties staff have faced during the Covid crisis - and how it has brought people togetherhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/opening-schools-was-a-herculean-effort-but-keeping-them-open-is-harderWed, 23 Sep 2020 10:06:28 +0100Two thirds of families would consider paying for education over Covid concernsMany families earning over £60,000 would now think about switching children to independent schools to ensure better home learning provisionhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/two-thirds-of-families-would-consider-paying-for-education-over-covid-concernsTue, 22 Sep 2020 15:24:52 +0100'I enjoyed the Russian roulette aspects of the job'Richard Metcalfe remembers the day he was first appointed as a bursar, nervous that his lack of a pair of brogues would hold him backhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/i-enjoyed-the-russian-roulette-aspects-of-the-jobTue, 22 Sep 2020 14:33:23 +0100Headteachers' anxiety peaked before school closures and re-openingsClassroom teachers in state sector felt generally less anxious than normal during lockdown, a study showshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/headteachers-anxiety-peaked-before-school-closures-and-re-openingsTue, 22 Sep 2020 12:58:52 +010030 minutes with… Mark Steed, principal and CEO, Kellett SchoolRunning an international school in Hong Kong has been a rollercoaster this year, but Mark Steed is upbeat about the futurehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/30-minutes-with-mark-steed-principal-and-ceo-kellett-school-hong-kongTue, 22 Sep 2020 11:19:53 +0100Coalition of schools will push 'to end GCSEs'Independent schools are among those considering alternatives https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/coalition-of-schools-will-push-to-end-gcsesMon, 21 Sep 2020 10:05:57 +0100Disadvantaged students 'hate the idea' of winning a place at Oxbridge because of their backgroundISC chair Barnaby Lenon warns of the dangers of the politicisation of elite university admissionshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/disadvantaged-students-hate-the-idea-of-being-admitted-to-oxbridge-because-of-their-backgroundThu, 17 Sep 2020 12:21:21 +0100'Actively putting off some of the most able pupils seems a mistake’INTERVIEW: ISC chair Barnaby Lenon has had enough of the ‘obsession’ with state/private school ratios, but supports efforts to help disadvantaged studentshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/actively-putting-off-some-of-the-most-able-pupils-seems-an-unnecessary-mistakeThu, 17 Sep 2020 10:59:01 +0100Pupil absence rate more than doubles as schools returnOfficial figures show a 12 per cent absence rate last week, as children returned to school during the pandemichttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/pupil-absence-rate-more-than-doubles-as-schools-returnWed, 16 Sep 2020 10:18:33 +0100Is your feedback doing everything it should?Nicola Griffiths explores the most constructive ways to let pupils and teachers know how they are doinghttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/is-your-feedback-doing-everything-it-shouldTue, 15 Sep 2020 16:35:18 +0100Don't let Covid distract you from cyber securityIndependent schools must remain vigilant and improve their defences against attack, writes Martin Taylorhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/don-t-let-covid-distract-you-from-cyber-securityTue, 15 Sep 2020 16:00:07 +0100Why school outposts abroad are about far more than moneyIndependent school branches overseas don't just keep the bursar happy, but provide great CPD for staff and a wealth of learning experienceshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/why-school-outposts-abroad-are-about-far-more-than-moneyTue, 15 Sep 2020 12:13:59 +0100How to measure the academic potential of overseas pupilsTesting is vital to understand a child's true ability, but they will underperform at GCSE and A-level if their English is not fluent enough, says Helen Woodhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/how-to-gauge-the-academic-potential-of-overseas-pupilsTue, 15 Sep 2020 11:20:29 +0100New study helps experts understand Covid-19 transmission in schoolsResearchers in Bristol will saliva-test 4,000 pupils and 1,000 staffhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/new-study-helps-experts-understand-covid-19-transmission-in-schoolsTue, 15 Sep 2020 10:23:42 +0100School leaders' warning over lack of Covid-19 testingSchools at risk of 'grinding to a halt' as staff and students wait for tests, say headshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/careers-centre/school-leaders-warning-over-lack-of-covid-19-testingTue, 15 Sep 2020 10:02:16 +0100Rise in grammar school applications, investigation showsFamilies are applying from long distances in the hope of gaining places or practising testshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/rise-in-grammar-school-applications-investigation-showsMon, 14 Sep 2020 12:49:52 +0100What do international parents want from a school?All parents want the best for their children, but those living overseas may have some extra motivations and concerns, writes Dr Helen Wrighthttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/what-do-international-parents-want-from-a-schoolWed, 09 Sep 2020 17:06:25 +0100Q&A: How to manage school marketing in these tumultuous timesSchools should remember that Covid security is far from the only horse in town, says expert Emily Richards https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/how-to-manage-school-marketing-in-these-tumultuous-timesWed, 09 Sep 2020 15:40:52 +0100Independent sector teacher training has benefited state schoolsIan Power from the HMC says 'vast majority' of teachers trained on SCITTs now have jobs in the state systemhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/Independent-sector-teacher-training-has-benefited-state-schoolsWed, 09 Sep 2020 14:57:34 +0100UK slips in education spending leagueNew report from the OECD shows Britain is no longer first in spending as a proportion of GDP https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/uk-slips-in-education-spending-leagueTue, 08 Sep 2020 17:23:40 +0100Covid has shown independent schools just how nimble they can beIndependent schools' ability to move fast and decisively has worked to their advantage in the pandemic, writes IAPS chief executive Chris Kinghttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/covid-has-shown-independent-schools-just-how-nimble-they-can-beTue, 08 Sep 2020 15:40:47 +0100'It is our duty to twitch curtains, open doors, and widen horizons'Exposure to great role models and a broad range of experiences will help children find their purpose, writes Professor Ger Graushttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/it-is-our-duty-to-twitch-curtains-open-doors-and-widen-horizonsTue, 08 Sep 2020 12:43:55 +0100Want to know the best lessons from lockdown? Ask your studentsA student and staff questionnaire would help schools benefit from lockdown experiences, writes Peter Taithttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/want-to-know-the-best-lessons-from-lockdown-ask-your-studentsTue, 08 Sep 2020 11:52:57 +0100More than 60 Covid outbreaks in UK schoolsSchools face closures and disruption as the term startshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/more-than-60-covid-outbreaks-in-UK-schoolsTue, 08 Sep 2020 10:42:54 +0100Cambridge University admits record number of state school studentsOxford is also expected to announce record figures for undergraduates educated in the state sectorhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/cambridge-university-admits-record-number-of-state-school-studentsMon, 07 Sep 2020 14:10:43 +0100'Boarding schools will need to adjust and move with the times'Boarding schools have always adapted to changes in the international market and can overcome the challenges ahead, Caroline Nixon writeshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/boarding-schools-will-need-to-adjust-and-move-with-the-timesWed, 02 Sep 2020 14:18:46 +0100Why every school needs a data dashboardRather than rely on their instincts alone, schools can benefit hugely from being able to visualise performance, writes Nathalie Sinyardhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/why-every-school-needs-a-data-dashboardWed, 02 Sep 2020 10:41:10 +0100Britain seen as safer boarding school destination than US Overseas families drawn to UK schools because of poor handling of Covid elsewherehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/britain-seen-as-safer-boarding-school-destination-than-usWed, 02 Sep 2020 09:20:45 +0100Don't despair, recruitment fairs aren't everythingCovid has stopped trips to international recruitment events, but there are other ways to build relationships, writes Lucy Barnwellhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/don-t-despair-it-s-about-more-than-the-recruitment-fairTue, 01 Sep 2020 13:05:04 +0100Getting your head around digital marketing for independent schoolsDigital advertising has been a game changer but don't forget the power of printhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/careers-centre/getting-your-head-around-digital-marketingTue, 01 Sep 2020 10:59:47 +0100School rules strengthened to include Covid-related offencesPupils could be suspended for deliberate "malicious coughing"https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/school-rules-strengthened-to-include-covid-related-offencesTue, 01 Sep 2020 10:03:48 +0100Ministers consider delaying 2021 GCSE and A-level examsGavin Williamson is expected to announce whether he will push back start from May to Julyhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/ministers-consider-delay-to-2021-gcse-and-a-level-examsTue, 01 Sep 2020 09:36:52 +0100How to build a great bursary schemeThere are many factors to take into account when setting up a bursary fundhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/how-to-build-a-good-bursary-schemeMon, 31 Aug 2020 13:11:06 +0100Is poor wellbeing holding back your international school students?Pressure to overachieve and other factors can create unhappiness that ultimately affects performancehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/is-poor-wellbeing-holding-back-your-international-school-studentsMon, 31 Aug 2020 12:31:44 +0100How to run a successful independent school business armVariety is the key to the success of Bolton School's commercial subsidiary, which funds bursaries for secondary pupilshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/how-to-run-a-successful-independent-school-business-armMon, 31 Aug 2020 11:58:09 +0100Education in a world of artificial intelligenceFuture careers will be defined by uncertainty, so let's rethink educationhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/education-in-a-world-of-artificial-intelligenceMon, 31 Aug 2020 11:01:56 +0100Giving teachers the recognition they deserveChartered Teacher Status recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers, says Dame Alison Peacockhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/giving-teachers-the-recognition-they-deserveMon, 31 Aug 2020 10:16:17 +0100Is it time to appraise your appraisal?George Budd outlines how his school introduced an 'innovative and supportive' way to evaluate staffhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/is-it-time-to-appraise-your-appraisalWed, 26 Aug 2020 17:05:47 +0100Green spaces could benefit children's IQBelgian study found cleverer kids in urban areas with more green spaceshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/international-schools/green-spaces-could-benefit-children-s-iqWed, 26 Aug 2020 16:15:08 +0100How many students will sit exams this autumn?Exams results chaos has thrown a spanner in the works for schools trying to planhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/how-many-students-will-sit-exams-this-autumnWed, 26 Aug 2020 15:13:38 +0100Let's raise a glass to a better year aheadTired staff face a school year fraught with uncertainties, but we can remain hopeful, writes Sean Fentonhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/let-s-raise-a-glass-to-a-better-year-aheadWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:11:41 +0100The school where diplomacy countsFelsted School's international outlook and teamworking focus have made it an incubator for diplomatshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/international-schools/the-school-where-diplomacy-countsTue, 25 Aug 2020 17:20:55 +0100Schools will have 'discretion' over face masksGovernment U-turn gives schools choice, but face coverings will be mandatory in local lockdown areashttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/secondary-students-to-wear-masks-in-corridors-check-thisTue, 25 Aug 2020 14:47:39 +0100Pupils' anxiety levels 'dropped during lockdown'Teenagers felt more connected to school when they were not actually attendinghttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/pupils-anxiety-levels-dropped-during-lockdownTue, 25 Aug 2020 10:59:37 +0100Pupils can't appeal over school-assessed exam grades, OfqualStudents can make complaint to their exam centre if they have 'evidence of bias or discrimination'https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/pupils-can-t-appeal-over-school-assessed-exam-grades-ofqual-confirmsMon, 24 Aug 2020 11:04:30 +0100'A large slice of independent schools' income from Chinese students is at risk'Independent schools face a challenge as geo-politics threatens the flow of overseas students from China, writes Andrew Lewer, MPhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/we-need-to-talk-about-chinaSun, 23 Aug 2020 10:32:44 +0100Why we all secretly love exams'The demonic crunch of the algorithm' has helped many see why exams are so vital, writes Emma White.https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/why-exams-are-the-only-solutionFri, 21 Aug 2020 13:16:54 +0100Calls for medical student numbers cap to be liftedThe A-level results U-turn means many more students now qualify to study medicinehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/calls-for-medical-student-numbers-cap-to-be-liftedThu, 20 Aug 2020 16:54:05 +0100Why making a meal out of catering reaps rewards A well-managed and thoughtful food operation can teach as well as sustainhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/why-making-a-meal-out-of-catering-reaps-rewards-in-independent-schoolsWed, 19 Aug 2020 15:05:03 +0100'School anti-racism policies should not be a tick-box exercise'Most heads will say that racism does not happen in their school, but it does, says Elaine Cunningham-Walkerhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/anti-racism-policies-in-schools-should-not-be-a-tick-box-exerciseWed, 19 Aug 2020 14:10:54 +0100'Independent schools are sitting on goldmines'If predictions about a Covid-driven surge in pupil numbers don't come true, schools will need a safety nethttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/bursars-finance/many-independent-schools-are-sitting-on-goldminesWed, 19 Aug 2020 12:21:59 +0100Independent schools' 'great relief' over exam result U-turnHead of Eton says students were awarded grades that were 'manifestly unfair'https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/independent-schools-great-relief-over-exam-result-u-turnWed, 19 Aug 2020 11:19:24 +0100GCSE results expected to be higher across the boardAnalysis suggests teacher-assessed grades will be higherhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/gcse-results-expected-to-be-higher-across-the-boardWed, 19 Aug 2020 11:11:25 +0100Universities could face legal action if students forced to defer Admissions chaos prompted by the A-Level results U-turn could lead to judicial review, experts sayhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/universities-could-face-legal-action-if-students-forced-to-deferWed, 19 Aug 2020 09:55:55 +0100'It's not vain to celebrate schools' lockdown efforts'Independent schools need to tell their wider communities how they helped during the Covid crisis, says Zoe MacDougallhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/celebrating-schools-social-contribution-during-lockdownTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:39:13 +0100China: The Dragon in the Room for Independent SchoolsUK-based independent education providers could come to be seen as 'colonial and unwelcome' in China, writes Andrew Lewer MPhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/admissions-marketing/china-the-dragon-in-the-roomTue, 18 Aug 2020 10:36:50 +0100HMC heads' concern over A-Level 'tragedies'Eight out of ten independent school heads believe algorithm is 'unfair'https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/latest-news/hmc-gravely-concerned-about-a-level-tragediesMon, 17 Aug 2020 10:30:04 +0100Schools in lockdown areas will return in SeptemberSchool standards minister Nick Gibb insists that even regions currently battling Covid spikes will open their schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/schools-in-lockdown-areas-will-return-in-septemberWed, 05 Aug 2020 17:12:45 +0100'Friend-raising' in the Class of 2020Lockdown could mean this year's cohort of leavers is probably the most ready to engage with development officers https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/friend-raising-the-class-of-2020Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:23:15 +0100Bursars and marketers: a marriage made in heaven?A good relationship between bursars and marketers is vital for independent schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/partnership-through-gritted-teeth-or-a-marriage-made-in-heavenWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:36:21 +0100Keeping the global family togetherHow do you conduct quality assurance of an international school group during lockdown?https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/keeping-the-global-family-together-quality-assurance-from-your-home-officeWed, 05 Aug 2020 11:10:02 +0100Thousands of Scottish pupils have grades lowered by SQASchools will have to keep 'devastated' teachers motivated as the new school year beginshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/thousands-of-scottish-pupils-have-grades-lowered-by-sqaWed, 05 Aug 2020 10:23:14 +0100It's time to think about alternative investmentsThinking out of the box will help schools to secure their futurehttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/it-s-time-to-think-about-alternative-investmentsTue, 04 Aug 2020 16:24:50 +0100The 'hidden emotional climate' of furloughThe aftermath of putting staff 'on the bench' during the Covid crisis will raise tricky challenges for school managershttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/the-hidden-emotional-climate-of-furloughTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:13:48 +0100Rewarding schools’ unsung heroesThe CAP awards recognise the work of cleaners and caterers at a time when their work has never been more importanthttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/rewarding-schools-unsung-heroesTue, 04 Aug 2020 12:18:19 +0100Feeling the heat of international headshipTaking on a school abroad will take you out of your comfort zone, but it's a journey worth making, says Chris Sealhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/feeling-the-heat-of-international-headshipTue, 04 Aug 2020 10:57:53 +0100Track and trace must be 'scaled up' for September return to schoolStudy is 'loud call to action' to improve preventative measures, study sayshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/return-to-school-risks-worse-second-covid-wave-without-better-track-and-trace-systemTue, 04 Aug 2020 10:17:10 +0100Boarding schools arrange charter flights for Chinese studentsThe BSA has secured flights to guard against travel disruptionhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/boarding-schools-arrange-charter-flights-for-chinese-studentsTue, 04 Aug 2020 09:37:53 +0100How will Zoom Change Oxbridge Interviews?Students will need prepare in new ways to be ready for the 'new normal' of Zoom university interviewshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/admissions-marketing/how-will-zoom-change-oxbridge-interviewsMon, 03 Aug 2020 15:05:00 +0100Lockdown prompts surge in teacher training applicationsApplications have risen by 65 per cent during Covid crisis, figures showhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/lockdown-prompts-surge-in-teacher-training-applicationsMon, 03 Aug 2020 09:38:52 +0100Girls' schools take pragmatic view of mobile phonesA survey from the Girls' Schools Association finds members take a broadly similar approach to pupils' access to mobiles and other deviceshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/Girls-schools-pragmatic-view-mobile-phonesWed, 29 Jul 2020 12:45:03 +0100Exams regulator calls for leniency on grades Ofqual chief Sally Collier asks schools to be flexible on grades when deciding who to admit to A-level and other courseshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/exams-regulator-calls-for-leniencyWed, 29 Jul 2020 10:22:24 +0100Harnessing schools' relationships with parentsSchools should make the most of parents being more involved in their children's education during lockdownhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/harnessing-homeschool-revolutionTue, 28 Jul 2020 17:19:57 +0100Boarding schools and the Covid conundrumThe start of the new term amid the ongoing covid pandemic will raise some very serious questions for boarding schoolshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/development-fundraising/we-need-to-talk-about-boardingTue, 21 Jul 2020 11:37:09 +0100Treading the tightrope when money is scarceSchools need to be shrewd planners, good communicators and strike a fine balance when navigating difficult financial timeshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/an-action-plan-for-independent-schoolsThu, 16 Jul 2020 14:06:15 +0100Our staff are our best asset - don't let go without a fightA considered approach to human resources will be more vital than ever after lockdownhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/heads-governors/our-staff-are-our-asset-don-t-let-go-without-a-fightThu, 16 Jul 2020 13:48:02 +0100Schools must act as parents tighten beltsHard-pressed parents faced with redundancy or job insecurity will be weighing up weather they can continue to pay for private educationhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/bursars-finance/are-you-sure-we-can-afford-thisWed, 15 Jul 2020 16:22:19 +0100Is distance learning here to stay?Schools may decide they want to adopt some of the positive aspects of distance learning in the long termhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/features/the-opportunity-of-distance-learningWed, 15 Jul 2020 16:09:26 +0100How do we make education fit for the future? A child starting school this September could go to university in 2038 and enter the workforce in 2041 or 2042https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/heads-governors/long-term-vision-detailed-future-plansSun, 05 Jul 2020 14:35:35 +0100Ethical decision-making for school leadersSchool managers need to ensure that their decisions and actions live up to their stated valueshttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/heads-governors/ethical-decision-making-for-school-leadersThu, 25 Jun 2020 16:19:44 +0100The silver-lined Covid cloudAmidst the chaos caused by this beast of a virus, an unlikely pocket of progress lies smoldering in the corner of the independent school common room. https://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/admissions-marketing/the-silver-lined-covid-cloudThu, 25 Jun 2020 13:45:07 +0100Giving teachers the recognition they deserveChartered Teacher Status recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers, says Dame Alison Peacockhttps://www.schoolmanagementplus.com/your-sector/heads-governors/giving-teachers-the-recognition-they-deserveSun, 31 May 2020 14:47:55 +0100