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. Dulwich Prep Cranbrook recognises that team sport is not for everyone The sport curriculum at Dulwich...

New Year – 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...

Taking the lead: Hawthorns

We talk to Rose John-Cox, Head of Maths at Hawthorns – an independent school for girls and boys aged 2 to 13 years in Beltchingley, Surrey.

Sing! – St Paul’s Cathedral School

An insight into the unique school life – and opportunities – of a St Paul’s chorister. We talk to a member of staff, the head chorister and his mother.

City slickers or country mice?

Hilary Wilce considers the pros and cons of where to raise your family – and gets some personal reports from the recently grown up