Independent School Management Plus RSS feed RSS feeden-usCopyright (C) 2020 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 admissions, 17 Sep 2020 12:21:21 +0100Barnaby Lenon on Oxbridge admissions: 'Actively putting off some of the most able pupils seems an unnecessary mistake’INTERVIEW: The ISC chair has had enough of the ‘obsession’ with state/private school ratios, but supports efforts to help disadvantaged students, 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 pandemic, 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 doing, 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 Taylor, 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 experiences, 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 Wood, 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 staff, 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 heads, 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 tests, 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 Wright, 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, 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 system, 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, 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 King, 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 Graus, 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 Tait, 08 Sep 2020 11:52:57 +0100More than 60 Covid outbreaks in UK schoolsSchools face closures and disruption as the term starts, 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 sector, 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 writes, 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 Sinyard, 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 elsewhere, 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 Barnwell, 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 print, 01 Sep 2020 10:59:47 +0100School rules strengthened to include Covid-related offencesPupils could be suspended for deliberate "malicious coughing", 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 July, 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 fund, 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 performance, 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 pupils, 31 Aug 2020 11:58:09 +0100Education in a world of artificial intelligenceFuture careers will be defined by uncertainty, so let's rethink education, 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 Peacock, 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 staff, 26 Aug 2020 17:05:47 +0100Green spaces could benefit children's IQBelgian study found cleverer kids in urban areas with more green spaces, 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 plan, 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 Fenton, 26 Aug 2020 13:11:41 +0100The school where diplomacy countsFelsted School's international outlook and teamworking focus have made it an incubator for diplomats, 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 areas, 25 Aug 2020 14:47:39 +0100Pupils' anxiety levels 'dropped during lockdown'Teenagers felt more connected to school when they were not actually attending, 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', 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, MP, 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., 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 medicine, 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 sustain, 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-Walker, 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 net, 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', 19 Aug 2020 11:19:24 +0100GCSE results expected to be higher across the boardAnalysis suggests teacher-assessed grades will be higher, 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 say, 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 MacDougall, 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 MP, 18 Aug 2020 10:36:50 +0100HMC heads' concern over A-Level 'tragedies'Eight out of ten independent school heads believe algorithm is 'unfair', 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 schools, 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, 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 schools, 05 Aug 2020 15:36:21 +0100Keeping the global family togetherHow do you conduct quality assurance of an international school group during lockdown?, 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 begins, 05 Aug 2020 10:23:14 +0100It's time to think about alternative investmentsThinking out of the box will help schools to secure their future, 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 managers, 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 important, 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 Seal, 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 says, 04 Aug 2020 10:17:10 +0100Boarding schools arrange charter flights for Chinese studentsThe BSA has secured flights to guard against travel disruption, 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 interviews, 03 Aug 2020 15:05:00 +0100Lockdown prompts surge in teacher training applicationsApplications have risen by 65 per cent during Covid crisis, figures show, 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 devices, 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 courses, 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 lockdown, 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 schools, 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 times, 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 lockdown, 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 education, 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 term, 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 2042, 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 values, 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., 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 Peacock, 31 May 2020 14:47:55 +0100