Play & Learn

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of their development, as Hilary Wilce explains… For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play in the long days free from school. Adults play...

Education Directory

Our Education directory, focuses exclusively on Kent, Sussex and Surrey, introducing some of the south east’s best and brightest preparatory academies, specialist colleges, independent schools and boarding schools.

The whole person and nothing but the whole person

Dr Adrian Rainbow, Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) of Sevenoaks School, describes how the whole person education philosophy is applied there and the benefits pupils – and society – enjoy from it We live in precarious times: climate change, species extinction, tariff...

Early years – ask the experts

Ashford Prep School – The Pre-Prep Team How can parents best support their child as they start in Reception? Be positive as this is an exciting time. Don’t make school a big deal as this can make children more fearful of...

On their marks…

A lifelong love of exercise can be inspired by the right approach to teaching sport at the earliest stage. Ashford Prep School – Harrison Straw – Head of Pre-Prep PE I believe it is very important for children to take...

Planting the seed

Gardening is good for everyone’s wellbeing – and children who grow their own vegetables are far more likely to eat them. We hear from two schools where pupils grow their own. Dulwich PrepCranbrook Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a Gardening Club...

Prep School – ask the experts

Invaluable tips from experienced teachers for each stage of education. Here we talk about prep school.

Is your child ready to become a Cyber Attack Agent or an Algorithm Bias Auditor?

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School at ACS Egham International School, looks at ways you can ensure your child is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace  What will today’s children be when they enter the workplace? With...

Poetry please

The results of our children's poetry competition are in.

School of Rock

Violins and flutes are all very well, but a great way to engage a wider swathe of young people with music is to allow them to play the style they most identify with.

Educating the whole child

Our education writer Hilary Wilce explains the new – and ancient – philosophy which is coming back to the fore in British schools. A radical and exciting revolution is taking place in education and it’s one guaranteed to produce happier...

Going up to big school – ask the experts

The New Beacon – Mike Piercy, Headmaster How involved should the child be in the choice of upper school?  Involved yes, but not the ultimate decision-maker. Often, a child will be influenced by where his/her friends are going, which again should not...

GCSEs – ask the experts

This is the most stressful time of the whole school journey – how can parents best support their children? Planning can really help here. During holiday times, in the run-up and half term in the middle of exams, make sure...

Meet the matrons (or house parents as they are now called)

Boarding can be a wonderful experience, producing independent young people, ready to go out into the world – but the prospect can be daunting, so who better to ask for advice about it than matron? (sorry, house parent)

The life scientific

Nick Ellwood of Tonbridge School explains the thinking behind the school’s state-of-the-art new science centre.

Going solo

Team sports don’t suit everyone – some pupils flourish competing alone.  We speak to schools about their solo sports offerings. Hurst College  Rebecca Jutson, Assistant Director of Girls’ Sport With a greater number of students in the school we are...

6th form – ask the experts

Invaluable advice from experienced teachers for every stage of education. Here we talk about Sixth Form, when important decisions have to be made. Frewen College – Hazel Lawrence, Head of Sixth Form  At this stage our kids are young adults –...

The Great Outdoors

Hilary Wilce explores the benefits of forest schools. Not long ago, I was walking with a friend through local woods when we came across a ring of tree stumps and various hazel dens and rope swings. “Oh, it’s probably the...

Travelling hopefully

What children gain from the journey of education is far more important than results says Hilary Wilce. A primary school in Rotherham has turned itself around by putting music at the heart of its curriculum. Not long ago, Inspectors put the...

Reduce Reuse Recycle

How are the South East’s schools developing their pupils’ environmental awareness? We talk to four schools about all things eco-friendly. Reigate St Mary’s, Reigate How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they have on the...

Brain Waves

Hilary Wilce discovers that, in certain situations, we should be working with our mobile phones, not necessarily against them. Mobile phones are a really big headache for schools. Now that nine out of ten teenagers own a smartphone, schools have...

Skills thrills

Hilary Wilce takes a look at the importance of learning skills.

Kids behaving badly

Hilary Wilce considers the tricky subject of challenging bad behaviour. 

Kent College – An Outstanding Independent School

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: An outstanding independent school for boys and girls aged 0 – 18 Kent College offers care and education for boys and girls aged 0 – 18. Whether you are looking for wrap around care in our nursery or studying the...

Sport outside the box

Not all kids love the classic team and gender-assigned games, so forward-thinking schools are introducing different activities to inspire a lifelong love of exercise.

Battle Abbey School

Battle Abbey School, an independent School in East Sussex, is extraordinarily special. A glimpse through its enchanting gatehouse tells you that you are not only in a historically significant place, but also in a school that has an incomparable character.

Chinthurst School

For more than 110 years Chinthurst has been educating children and preparing them for the challenges of senior school and beyond. The school has been shortlisted for Independent School of the Year 2019 in recognition of the breadth and depth of the...

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is a mixed state grammar school with 842 pupils aged 11 -"18 years, including 234 boarders. For its first 400 years the school was known as Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School with strong roots in the small town of...

Cranleigh School

Cranleigh is a leading co-educational weekly boarding and day school set in 280 acres on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Cranleigh provides a breath taking range of opportunities in a school small enough for everyone to know and support...

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

An incredibly nurturing day and flexi-boarding school inspiring 3-13 year old boys and girls to fulfil their extraordinary potential. Nestled in 50 acres of stunning Kent countryside, only an hour outside London, Dulwich has the best of both worlds. Everything...

The King’s School, Canterbury

With origins dating back to 597AD, The King’s School is reputedly the oldest school in the world. It is also one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools for boys and girls aged 13-18. The School is located in the...

Marlborough House School

Marlborough House School is an independent Preparatory School situated in Hawkhurst in beautiful countyside on the Kent/Sussex border. The School is fully co-educational creating a friendly, family atmosphere for children between the ages of 2æ and 13. We are a...

Moor House School and College

Moor House is a registered charity, specialist School and Sixth Form College in Surrey providing life changing education and support to children and young people with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and helping them achieve extraordinary outcomes.

The New Beacon School

This school provides a broad, balanced, intellectual, creative and spiritual education with academic achievement at its heart. It is our aim that boys achieve their best through high expectation, excellent teaching and nurtured confidence. All who work here strive for...

Reigate St Mary’s Prep and Choir School (RSM)

Reigate St Mary’s is a junior school of Reigate Grammar, set in 15 acres of parkland close to Reigate town centre. It provides a wonderful environment for learning with enthusiastic teachers, outstanding facilities, small class sizes and an enviable reputation for success....

Spring Grove School

Spring Grove is an independent Nursery and Prep school for boys and girls aged 2-11, widely known for its family ethos. It is located between Ashford and Canterbury, close to the high-speed train into London. We offer a first-class education,...

New attitude

Hilary Wilce suggests the month of high-minded resolutions is a good time to talk to children about their aspirations. It’s the start of the New Year – but not in schools. There the new start comes in September, when hopes...

The art of learning

Forget teaching to the test, the arts are more important in education than ever, says Hilary Wilce Have you noticed that many private schools are starting to advertise themselves differently these days? Out have gone pictures of pupils in white...

Hark, the little angels sing

Hilary Wilce celebrates school Christmas traditions – and everything they teach our children. Christmas is coming, with all its midwinter sparkle and cheer. It’s not unknown for parents to feel a little frazzled right now as they contemplate their present...

Why STEM subjects need some art to make STEAM

Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts, at ACS Egham International Schools For several years now official government education policy has focused on the study of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, maths. But at ACS International Schools, we believe that...

Talking the talk

Being confident in another language – or two – will bring your child multiple benefits. Two schools talk us through it. Northbourne Park School The learning of languages in school can bring a mixed reaction from many people. For some...

On good terms

There’s a lot you can do at home to keep your children happy at school says Hilary Wilce Now we are stuck into the new school year, a time for fresh beginnings, in the great tradition of new pencil cases...

Surviving results season

Less than brilliant grades aren’t always a disaster, says Hilary Wilce, with the right support, there’s as much to learn from failure as there is from success. It’s August, exam results season, and for many young people a time of...

Taking the lead: Longacre School

In Taking the Lead, we talk to school head teachers and heads of department. Matthew Bryan, Headmaster at Longacre School, tells us about his work and his own school days Favourite subject at school I always loved Latin and Greek, and...