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

Centre stage: Manor House School

We talk to Teresa Williams, Head of Drama at Manor House School about the benefits of studying drama. At Manor House School, we pride ourselves on our all-inclusive approach to drama. We believe that drama is for all and that...

Centre stage: St Catherine’s

Studying drama enriches a young person in many ways beyond the glory of the curtain call. We talk to Sally Gallis, Head of Drama and Alice Phillips, Headmistress at St Catherine’s Drama plays an important part in life at St...

Ruck and roll

Rugby-based charity Wooden Spoon creates amazing sporting opportunities for special needs children, Matt Mitchell leads the charge

Centre stage: Battle Abbey School

Studying drama enriches a young person in many ways beyond the glory of the curtain call. We talk to Linda Hopkins, Head of Drama at Battle Abbey School At Battle Abbey we aim to develop the soft skills in every...

Start right

A child’s very first steps in education – even before they start school – can set them up for the years to come, and there are interesting new ideas how to approach this crucial stage

Centre stage: Kent College

Studying drama enriches a young person in many ways beyond the glory of the curtain call

Taking the lead: Vinehall School

In Taking the Lead, we talk to school head teachers and heads of department. Paul Borrows, Assistant Head Academic at Vinehall School, tells us about his work and his own school days Favourite subject when you were at school When I...

Taking the lead: St Edmund’s School Canterbury

Heads of department create the unique personality for how each subject is taught in a school, while head teachers flavour the school as a whole. We talk to Dr Gemma Jones, Head of Science at St Edmund's School in Canterbury...

The joy of mud

No more screens! The modern child needs to get outside and get dirty says Michael White

10 things I wish I’d known when my kids were young…

With three children now into adulthood, Hilary Wilce reflects on her experience as a mother and shares her retrospective wisdom

Page turners

A charity devoted to helping children discover the joy of books has identified the Top 40 titles to pull reluctant readers in

Jump to it

Exercise is as essential for children’s brains as it is for their bodies says Hilary Wilce

Keep calm and carry on (revising)

It’s exam time, not much fun for Year 11s and 13s – or their parents, so Hilary Wilce offers some expert advice

Let the Children Speak

Listening to school age kids is vital – but first you have to get them to talk says Hilary Wilce. All the research shows that children whose parents support them at school and show an interest in what they’re learning,...

New Headteacher for Walthamstow Hall

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Birds and Bees

Schools – and the government – need to re-think sex education says Susan Elkin

Fresh Learning

We discover the benefits of studying outdoors and the rise in the appeal of forest schools

Study Swap

Just how popular do student exchanges prove to be, and what are the benefits of choosing to study abroad. We find out...

Remember, Remember

Susan Elkin stresses the importance of teaching children the history behind many of our seasonal celebrations

Mix it Up

Susan Elkin explains how new staff can keep teaching fresh in schools Seasons of mists, mellow fruitfulness and new teachers. Almost every school in the country starts the school year with some new staff this month. That means new faces...

Support Network

Teacher Georgina Watford discusses common behavioural issues in the classroom and what can be done to improve them. How do you develop your own set of rules for the classroom?  Every teacher is different and despite us all following the school...

The wonderful world of WACI

Toby Payne-Cook, Head of Science at Marlborough House School, discusses the Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation

How Do Schools Quantify Success?

On an age of increasing exam pressure and rigorous assessment, we speak to three schools to find out what’s being done to reward achievement and identify students that may need extra support

Tried & Tested

Susan Elkin hopes change is on the horizon when it comes to exams

Feeling Bored?

Susan Elkin explains that, when it comes to school holidays, this isn’t necessarily such a negative

Well Read

Author Alex Preston picks his top five books for pre-teens

Make Health and Fitness Child’s Play

Fitness Trainer Sarah Maxwell explains how to engage the whole family in exercise

A Way With Words

English teacher Milly Potter shares the reasons behind her enduring love of poetry

Creative Healing

Mary Kain explains the benefits of using art as therapy.

Perfect Fit

Edward Martin from The Golden Boot highlights the importance of proper shoe fitting

Early Years

We go behind the scenes at Junior's Day Nursery in Cranbrook

IB: Global Passport to Education

ACS International Schools explains why they consider the International Baccalaureate programme so valuable

Under Pressure

Susan Elkin looks into exam stress and how to relieve it

Extra Help

Susan Elkin explores the demand for unqualified tutors