How can independent schools offer similar benefits to unschooling?



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Have you heard of unschooling? It’s the process of removing a child from formal education, instead allowing them to follow their own, self-directed learning path. It might sound radical, but some believe it has benefits similar to those that we associate with attending an independent school. Here, we take a look at exactly what unschooling […]

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Where are the best areas of the UK for independent schools?



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With A-level results coming out this past week and GCSE results set to follow, the media will be full of news of academic successes over the coming weeks and, typically, students from independent schools tend to perform significantly better than their state-educated counterparts.

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Does Singapore hold the answer to helping UK students improve at maths?



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Maths has been regarded with an air of dread by generations of students struggling to get their heads around algebra and Pythagoras theorem, but it is one of the most important subjects for pupils to be successful in to increase their chances of getting a good job in later life. So what can be done […]

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Philosophy lessons boost exam results and self-esteem, study finds



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Philosophy is not a subject that can be found on every UK school’s curriculum, but it has long been taught in many of the country’s independent educational institutions. And a new study has looked at the true value that philosophy can bring to students’ education, with the results showing classes in the subject at a […]

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Are A-level results distorted by school type?



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Parents choose to send their children to private school for a variety of reasons, but one of the key factors is the possibility of better grades. Whereas smaller class sizes, improved facilities and quality teaching are all important, the fact is that pupils at private schools perform better at A-level – something evidenced by results […]

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A third of new MPs went to private school



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A third of the MPs who were elected to the new House of Commons in 2015 were educated at a private school, according to new research. A study carried out by the Sutton Trust shows that 32 per cent of politicians who won the vote in their constituency on May 7th were independently educated, which […]

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Nicky Morgan’s direction for education



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The reappointment of Nicky Morgan as education secretary sends out a clear message about the direction of education. We take a look at what this means. The reappointment of Nicky Morgan as education secretary in prime minister David Cameron’s all-Conservative cabinet – the first time in 18 years that this has been possible  – was […]

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Independent schools fees ‘pricing out middle-class families’



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The soon to be departing headmaster of Eton College has been speaking out about the cost of independent schools, stating that high-performing institutions have become far too expensive for “squeezed” middle-class families. Tony Little, who has been in charge of the prestigious and historic school since 2002, told the Telegraph in a recent interview that […]

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Independent schools ‘more popular than ever’



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The number of pupils attending independent schools is at a record high, according to new data. The number of pupils attending independent schools that are part of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) has hit a record high, according to the latest annual census of the non-profit organisation. In fact, the number of youngsters studying at […]

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