News log

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September 2021

No 10 plans to lower salary level at which graduates start repaying loans – 26 September, Financial Times

‘Everyone worse off’ under Labour private schools plan – 27 September, TES

Is anti-Etonian prejudice really OK? – 26 September, Spectator

Keir Starmer vows to tax private schools £1.7bn to help poorer kids in major shake-up – 25 September, Daily Mirror

Scotland exams: Private school pupils given easier ride than state school pupils during 2021 exams, stats show – 21 September, The Scotsman

GOING PRIVATE How to get your child into a £44,000-a-year private school for free – 17 September, The Sun

Levelling up must begin by tackling the state-private education divide – 15th September, The Times

‘It is a pernicious myth that independent schools are only for the rich’ – 14 September, School Management Plus

Ofqual won’t be able to explain private school grades boost – 10 September, Schools Week

They grow up to run the country – 10 September, The Spectator

UK private schools face curbs on China links in Beijing’s education crackdown – 5 September, Financial Times

Books railing against private schools are actually the best marketing for them – 2 September, The Spectator

August 2021

A-level results 2021: Private schools see bigger jump in top grades10 August, Schools Week

Pupils at Yorkshire’s most expensive private school not guaranteed top grades, data shows – 10 August, The Yorkshire Press

£4m Latin excellence programme: What you need to know2 August, Schools Week

Ofqual analysis on 2020 grading: 5 new findings29 July, Schools Week

Private schools facing most pressure from parents over grades29 July, Independent Education Today

Richer parents pressure teachers on exam grades29 July, BBC

Celebrated head to open colleges for deprived Londoners27 July, The Times

July 2021

LSE students demand university bans all private school students, eradicates free market economist Friedrich Hayek from the curriculum, no platforms speakers and introduces minority quotas for staff – 27 July, Mail Online

Schools lobby Oxbridge for private pupils – 25 July, The Times

Do problems in private schools fuel sexual misconduct in universities? – 22 July, WONKHE

Hartlepool boy lands educational opportunity of a lifetime – The Northern Echo, 21 July

Heads condemn ‘nonsensical’ GCSE data decision ‘given the greatly differing extent to which pupils’ learning has been affected by the pandemic’ – 19 July, TES

‘Major improvement’ needed after Horris Hill school rated one for food hygiene – 16 July, Basingstoke Gazette

How the Bullingdon Club still runs Britain – 16 July, Mail Online

Safeguarding standards at private Ruthin School still not good enough, warns report – 15 July, Daily Post

‘I asked my family to help send my daughter to private school in case of another lockdown’ – 14 July, Daily Telegraph

Poor pupils make bona fide classicists – 12 July, The Times

British-branded schools in China forced to teach Beijing curriculum in bid to ensure ‘right’ thinking – 10 July, Daily Telegraph

Learn wherever you like, says school – 12 July, The Times

Value of a GCSE revealed: every higher grade is worth £23,000 more – 9 July, Daily Telegraph

Heathside Trial: Hampstead high school was ‘shambolic’, ex-staff tell judge– 9 July, Ham & High Express

Most primary schools in England ‘stopped teaching languages in first lockdown’ – 8 July, Evening Standard

How has Covid-19 affected language learning in England’s schools? – 8 July, British Council

Private schools set for surge in admissions after lockdown chaos – 4 July, The Times

Covid surge forces top private schools to close until next term – 4 July, The Times

Readers reply: what’s the right response to a friend who says they are sending their child to private school? – 4 July, The Guardian

School funding formula has moved cash from deprived to wealthier areas, National Audit Office finds – 2 July, The independent

How Britain’s private schools lost their grip on Oxbridge – 2 July, Financial Times

Eton reaches out. So who benefits? – 2 July, schoolsweek.co.uk

June 2021

‘Top of the Toffs’: The long history of surprisingly posh rock stars – 29 June, The Telegraph

Woke Independent Schools – Why are we so afraid? – 29 June, YouTube

Private schools reap hundreds of millions of dollars in jobkeeper funding – 28 June, The Guardian

School run problems at King’s and St Andrew’s in Rochester – 28 June, KentOnline

Eton to fund new sixth-form colleges for poorer pupils – 25 June, The Times

Supporting transgender pupils in independent schools – 25 June, Independent Education Today

How to get the best value out of private school and make it worth the cost – 25 June, The Telegraph

How to use your home to put your children (and grandchildren) through private school – 24 June, The Telegraph

Being proud of going to state school – 25 June, BBC News

Levelling up must start with our sinking schools – 24 June, The Times

How parents pay private school fees ‘no longer fit for purpose’, says CEO – 24 June, Independent Education Today

Tory MPs accused of adding fuel to ‘culture war’ in education report – 21 June, The Guardian

Rugby’s Bilton Grange Preparatory strikes new note with choir school – 21 June, The Times

‘It’s woke madness!’ GMB viewers slam decision by £26,000-a-year St Paul’s Girls’ School to cancel the term ‘head girl’ because it’s ‘too binary’ – 21 June, The Daily Mail

A second mortgage to pay for school fees – 20 June, The Times

Eton v the sea trout: college’s land sale sparks fears of river pollution – 19 June, The Guardian

‘No queer sex ed and homophobia goes unpunished’: This is what it’s like to grow up LGBT+ in UK boarding schools – 19 June, Pink News

Big drop in number of private school pupils as families ‘tighten purse strings’ – 19 June, The Telegraph

Revealed: The best private schools for getting a place at Oxbridge – 17 June, The Telegraph

Pathway of privilege: Cambridge college takes 22 pupils from single elite school – 17 June, The Telegraph

Everyone’s Invited: ‘Matter of concern’ 8 times more private schools listed on anti-sexual harassment site, MP says – 15 June, The Evening Standard

A bursary can completely change a disadvantaged young person’s life – 16 June, Attainparents.com

Chinese parents lose confidence in Britain’s private schools – 15 June, Financial Times

Ex-pupils who compiled sexual abuse dossier accused of blocking inquiry – 13 June, The Guardian

‘Our obsession with Oxbridge means we’re missing out on lots of young talent’ – 14 June, The Telegraph

Blackheath High School lets its wallflowers blossom with quiet spaces after lockdown – 12 June, The Times

Private schools to begin anonymously surveying students to draw out experiences of sexual harassment – 11 June, inews

Harrow School is set to open campus in Japan where more than 900 boarders will study following the ‘British model’ amid a ‘stunning natural setting’ – 10 June, Daily Mail

Isn’t it Time We Question Private Schools? – 11 June, Shoutoutuk.org

The private-state school funding gap in England – 9 June, common-wealth.co.uk

Head teachers ‘lack power to voice concerns over education’ in Scotland – 10 June, The Times

‘Leave education to people who know what they’re doing’ – 9 June, TES

Private Schools in the UK Accused of Mishandling Sexual Violence Claims – 9 June, Vice

Online tutoring market expected to soar in post-pandemic world – 7 June, The Independent

Dame Mary Beard calls for educational disadvantage to be tackled – 6 June, BBC

Two heads are better than one – 4 June, Independent Education Today

Longer days can help bridge the gap with independent schools – 4 June, The Times

Boris Johnson’s huge private school bill after £50-per-pupil insult to your kids – 3 June, The Mirror

Britain is becalmed by apathy: Where is the rage? – 3 June, The New European

The importance of community engagement; With international schools increasingly focused on community engagement, Dan Worth looks at how to make the most of it – 3 June, TES

Laptop library opens to help disadvantaged pupils struggling to get online – 2 June, The Independent

Shernold Prep School in Maidstone to close due to falling numbers – 1 June, KentOnline

What Oxford taught me about posh people – 1 June, Unherd

May 2021

Exclusive: Independent schools reap benefits as Hong Kong families move to UK – 31 May, The Telegraph

Illegal schools: Government accused of ‘unacceptable’ delays to crackdown – 30 May, Schools Week

The best value private schools in the UK – 27 May, The Telegraph

Importance of being Eton – 26 May, Prospect Magazine

‘It was like Lord of the Flies’ – Horrific accounts of abuse could be boarding schools’ ‘MeToo’ moment – 25 May, Herald Scotland

Almost one year in to her two-year role, Larissa Kennedy, one of the youngest ever presidents of the National Union of Students, explains why she wants louder FE campuses – 25 May, FE Week

‘It would be hard to replicate these experiences’: Inside the Scottish boarding school boom – 24 May, Daily Telegraph

Parents fear for pupils’ mental state at £53,000 fee school – 24 May, BBC

MSPs four times as likely to have been educated at private school – 24 May, The Sunday Times.

The reckoning with sexual violence began in private school – 24 May, GQ Magazine

In defence of meritocracy – 19 May, New Statesman

Make class protected characteristic, urges Social Mobility Commission – 20 May, Personnel Today

The Civil Service is full of privileged people – but it could become a role model for fair career progression – 20 May, inews.

Class of senior civil servants has barely changed since 1967, report reveals – 20 May, The Guardian

Cambridge takes record numbers of ethnic minority and state pupils – 20 May, The Times

China bars foreign curricula, ownership in some private schools – 17 May, Reuters

Teacher tells of despair over bullying and sexual abuse at private school – 16 May, Herald Scotland

Female ‘diversity officer’ quits top £17,000-a-year private school after less than a year after institution was accused of ‘widespread racist abuse – 13 May, Daily Mail

Careful design needed to make Post-Qualification Offer system work, says Russell Group – 13 May, FE News

An unhealthy obsession with Westminster – it’s time for career politicians to make way for ordinary people – 13 May, The Independent

Has private education’s bubble burst? – 13 May, The Times

First drop in independent school student numbers in a decade – 12 May, IE Today

First decline in private school pupils for ten years – 12 May, The Times

Concerns over impartiality of school abuse review – 12 May, BBC

Growth in private school fees slows during pandemic – 11 May, Financial Times.

DfE finally hits target on laptops for disadvantaged – 11 May, TES

Private school students get into Oxbridge more because they’re just smarter, says professor – 11 May, The Tab

How much do you REALLY need to earn to send a child to private school? Mother with £100,000 household income is warned it’s ‘impossible’ to send her daughter to a £13,000-a-year pre-prep without savings – 10 May, Daily Mail

Defence bosses spent £83m last year on private school for officers’ kids but just £78m on soldiers with PTSD – 9 May, The Sun

Brits 2021: Elite education makes women top of the pops – 9 May, The Sunday Times

Are Private Schools A Place For Young Black Girls? – 7 May, Black Ballad

Etonians feel born to rule – and we all pay the price for it – 6 May, The Guardian

Facing the financial future-independent schools are facing some unique financial challenges – 4 May, Independent Education Today

The reality of what British soldiers went through during the Troubles – 6 May, The Telegraph

Sidcup private school to cover fees for children of NHS key workers – 5 May, London News Online

Why there is no German Bullingdon Club – 3 May, The New European

Boris Johnson’s view of women ‘forever impacted’ by not mixing with girls until much older than average child, says senior Tory MP – 2 May, The Independent

Private school parents face bills of hundreds of pounds for their children’s GCSEs and A-levels – even though the exams were axed – 2 May, Daily Mail

Britain’s overgrown Eton schoolboys have turned the country into their playground – 2 May, The Guardian

Suburban private schools reap the benefits as families move out of London – 1 May, The Telegraph

April 2021

Are private schools really worth the money any more?30 April, The Telegraph

Gavin Williamson wants to turn more state schools into academies28 April, The Guardian

Woke wars at New York’s elite schools (fees $50,000) 28 April, The Times

Will Young on prep school, PTSD and psychotherapy: ‘Shame doesn’t help anything’ 26 April, The Guardian

David Cameron introduced schoolfriend to Tory ‘fixer’ to discuss Covid tests 26 April, The Guardian

Westminster and the truth about the class ceiling 24 April, Spectator

Exclusive: Private schools to cash in on remote lessons 23 April, TES

Sarwar accepts criticism over private school policy 22 April, TES

Private schools should be ‘phased out’, says report 20 April, TES

£36,000-a-year Catholic boarding school Ampleforth College FAILS its Ofsted report just days after ministers intervened to save it following sex abuse cover-up scandal 20 April, Mail Online

Oxbridge should not discriminate against private school pupils because they get more firsts, head says 19 April, The Times

British schools beat retreat from China 17 April, The Times

Everyone’s Invited: Policies alone can’t solve the problems 15 April, Schools Week

Millfield School responds to ‘completely unacceptable’ sexual assault described on whistleblowing website 14 April, Somerset Live

Meet Zan Moon, The Woman Behind The Instagram Account Highlighting Rape Culture In Schools 14 April, Elle

Private schools accused of obscuring how little they spend on scholarships 13 April, The Times

Private school scholarships ‘do little’ for inclusion 13 April, TES

Lay off private schools, Gavin. There’s bad behaviour in comprehensives too 11 April, The Times

Musa Okwonga: ‘Boys don’t learn shamelessness at Eton, it is where they perfect it’ 10 April, The Guardian

Macron announces closure of elite school that hothoused French leaders8 April, The Guardian

Ofsted chief inspector suggests there may not be any ‘rape culture’ within schools and says many pupils’ sex assault claims are result of videos and pictures taken in the outside world 8 April, Mail Online

Covid: teachers reject catchup options of extended school day and shorter holidays7 April, The Guardian

Ofsted inspectors to visit schools facing sexual abuse claims7 April, The Guardian

Top private school to investigate claims teachers forced girls to kneel on floor to measure skirts5 April, The Telegraph

My second-rate private school gave me a better education than today’s elite establishments ever would5 April, The Telegraph

Ending ‘rape culture’ in schools starts at home, says leading headmistress3 April, The Telegraph

PETER HITCHENS: We’ve seen it before… the ‘rape culture’ frenzy will ruin innocent lives 3 April, Mail Online

Bridging the gap: UK university students tutor disadvantaged pupils2 April, The Guardian

Exclusive: Elite schools ‘ignored us when we warned them about rape culture’2 April, The Telegraph

March 2021

Ofsted chief asked for greater powers to check for abuse in private schools 30 March, Guardian

‘Rape culture’: Children’s tsar wants Ofsted ‘focus’ 30 March, TES

Call for probe into claims of ‘rape culture’ at independent schools 29 March, ITV

Everyone’s Invited: Rape culture website stops naming schools amid fears they take ‘disproportionate’ blame 26 March, Schools Week

‘People demean me because of how I speak’: Durham second year on classism at university 25 March, The Tab

Senior army officer convicted of £48,000 Dorset boarding school fee fraud 25 March, Guardian

Major general jailed for Dorset school fees fraud 25 March, BBC News

Rape normal at private school, says dossier of 170 testimonies 24 March, The Times

Claims of school sexual harassment may become national scandal, warns senior MP 23 March, Evening Standard

Dulwich College accused of being a ‘breeding ground for sexual predators’, in an open letter from former pupil 21 March, iNews

Dulwich College turns boys into sexual abusers, former pupil claims 21 March, The Times

Private school opens ‘female fight club’ to teach pupils boardroom skills 20 March, Telegraph

‘Boys at Britain’s elite schools know they can get away with toxic sexual behaviour’ 20 March, Telegraph

Private schools chase inner-city ‘drive’ 19 March, The Times

Private schools say anonymous reports of sexual abuse put them in ‘difficult’ position 19 March, Telegraph

How mentors can help to close the attainment gap 19 March, TES

Only 44% of catch-up tutoring helps poorest pupils 17 March, TES

Schools Covid catch-up programme ‘not reaching disadvantaged pupils’ 17 March, Guardian

Covid catch-up tutors meet no more than third of demand 17 March, TES

Scottish private schools apologise to former pupils abused in their care 16 March, BBC News

Report boys to the police for sexual abuse, top schools told 14 March, The Times

‘A community of equals’: the private school with no fees, set up by a south London teacher 13 March, Guardian

We should be grateful to Chinese investors bringing new life to our schools 10 March, School Management Plus

Paper reveals independent school leaders’ pay 8 March, School Management Plus

England’s school catch-up scheme ‘chaotic and confusing’, say headteachers 7 March, Guardian

Private School Pay List: rise in £100,000 salaries sparks fears of brain drain 7 March, The Times

Readers’ poll: should private schools lose their charitable status? 7 March, The Times

A Bullingdon in reverse: how working-class student club is taking on elitism 6 March, Guardian

Bristol Uni students REJECT private school admissions cap 5 March, The Tab

‘Get ahead of the argument’: independent schools and their public contribution 4 March, IE Today

Fees: under the microscope 4 March, IE Today

A-levels: Poorer students ‘three grades behind’ 1 March, BBC News

Longer ‘catch-up’ school days risk widening socio-economic divides 1 March, The Times

RBKC put ‘narrow commercial goals’ before community in pre-Grenfell property deals, leader says 1 March, Inside Housing

February 2021

Private pupils shunned by Oxbridge are being ‘driven overseas’ 28 February, The Times

Grade inflation could be here to stay unless entire exam system is overhauled, Ofqual advisor warns 26 February, Telegraph

Grade inflation could be here to stay unless entire exam system is overhauled, Ofqual advisor warns 25 February, Mail Online

School catch-up package ‘nowhere near big enough’ 24 February, TES

Students to vote on a motion to cap private school admissions at SU AMM meeting 23 February, Epigram

Poorer primary pupils in England up to seven months behind due to Covid 23 February, Guardian

Meet the 93% Club 23 February, Palatinate

‘We need 10,000 more laptops for children’ Tower Hamlets schools plead 22 February, East London Advertiser

The British schools selling out to Beijing: Not only are private institutions being bought by Chinese firms but some are giving communist-approved lessons that are a threat to free speech 21 February, Mail on Sunday

How to prepare for Oxbridge like a private school 19 February, TES

Private school admissions rise for third year in a row 18 February, Palatinate

Charity Commission looks into proposals for historic independent schools merger in Coventry 16 February, Coventry Observer

Watchdog to accuse UK ministers of institutional bias against children 16 February, Guardian

By accepting fewer independent school students, is Oxbridge punishing middle-class parents? 15 February, Telegraph

David Beckham backs campaign to help children get laptops during lockdown 15 February, Independent

Head issues plea to save Ampleforth College 13 February, The Times

‘One coach said he was impressed by how hard I worked – since my dad was a billionaire!’: Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, whose father is actually an architect from Newark, on fighting prejudice that he’s too posh to be a proper footballer 13 February, Mail on Sunday

Eton sees Oxbridge offers halve in recent years amid diversity drive 12 February, Telegraph

Revealed: The unis who let in the fewest state school students 12 February, The Tab

Two in five top universities see drop in students from state schools 11 February, Independent

Daneshill School failed various standards during inspection 10 February, Basingstoke Gazette

Don’t let girls’ schools vanish in the rush to co‑ed 10 February, The Times

Covid hits exam-taking and poorer pupils worst, study finds 8 February, Guardian

Unions push back at plan to extend school summer term by TWO WEEKS as Boris Johnson vows to go ‘flat out’ to help children catch up after Covid 8 February, Mail Online

Planning your finances to meet the costs of education 8 February, Insider.co.uk

Private schools planning a longer summer term  – 7 February, Telegraph

Eton teacher who was sacked over lecture attacking ‘radical feminist orthodoxy’ says ‘controversy is essential’ in education and reveals Tory ministers have contacted him to offer their support 7 February, Mail Online

Exclusive: Winchester College row as parents revolt over sex education lessons 4 February, Telegraph

IGCSE and IAlevels 2021: Pearson scraps exams in U-turn 3 February, TES

Not all exams are cancelled: IGCSEs are going ahead, but is that fair? 2 February, Telegraph

January 2021

Private school bursaries ‘still too scarce’ to tackle inequality 31 January, Guardian

Union snubs jabs for teachers: Hardline bosses accused of waging class war as they pour cold water on top schools’ drive to vaccinate 1million staff in half-term break 30 January, Mail Online

School closures: Pupils will fall a year behind but the mental harm may last longer 28 January, The Times

Portugal blocks remote lessons at private schools to help state pupils 27 January, The Times

Surge in British private schools opening in China 26 January, TES

THE SUN SAYS Prospect of schools staying shut until Easter is a nightmare for our kids’ education… Williamson must provide clarity 24 January, The Sun

Winchester, one of the last boys’ boarding schools, may admit girls 24 January, The Times

Oxbridge set to make fewer offers this year in bid to avoid ‘chaos’ of 2020 23 January, Telegraph

Two-thirds of leaders ‘sourcing IT equipment’ for poorest pupils themselves, study finds 21 January, Schools Week

Should we stay or should we go? Boarding school parents like me are feeling conflicted 20 January, Telegraph

Revealed: How teaching became the hardest profession 20 January, TES

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say 18 January, Telegraph

Private school parents told they will not be issued refunds for closures due to charity law 16 January, Telegraph

The gap between independent and state schools has never looked wider or more shameful 14 January, Telegraph

Riz Ahmed: Classism prepared me for acting 14 January, Female First

Free school meals firm offers very different serving at private schools 12 January, Metro

‘Zoom classes invade our privacy’: The astonishing reason teachers are being excused from giving live online lessons as survey reveals divide between state and private schools 10 January, Mail Online

Coronavirus: New school rules could undermine lockdown and put poorest families at greatest risk, experts warn 9 January, Independent

Private school furlough claim not ‘in spirit of scheme’ 9 January, Schools Week

IGCSE exams taken in private schools still going ahead 8 January, BBC News

Poorer Pupils Are Still Without Laptops And Internet Needed For Home Learning, Warn Campaigners 7 January, HuffPost

GCSEs 2021: Private heads ‘fuming’ after ‘buck passed’ 7 January, TES

GCSEs 2021: Gove points towards teacher assessment 5 January, TES

Private school pupils twice as likely to get on to civil service fast track 3 January, The Times

Northern pupils ‘missing out’ on Oxbridge as thousands of southern students given places 2 January, The Sun

December 2020

Throughout history Britain’s ruling class has created crisis after crisis – just like now 27 December, The Guardian

I am the parent of a Black child at a private school – the sector is shockingly behind on matters of diversity and inclusion 22 December, The Independent

Old Etonians threaten to withhold millions in row over sacked teacher Will Knowland 21 December, The Times

An all-fees scholarship to Eton? This coach can help 21 December, The Times

State pupils given Cambridge place without interview 19 December, The Times

Sutton High School first to sign black hairstyles pledge 18 December, The Times

London couple ‘used illicit funds from Azerbaijan to send models to Ibiza by private jet and pay school fees’ 17 December, Evening Standard

Pupils’ historical abuse at London schools claims total £1m 17 December, BBC News

Child sexual abuse in schools often an open secret, says inquiry 17 December, The Guardian

‘Game changer’ Covid tests for secondary schools in January 15 December, BBC News

Pause teacher pay so private sector keeps up, says DfE 15 December, TES

Learning a musical instrument linked to higher results in other GCSEs, study finds 13 December, iNews

Elite girls’ boarding school Roedean ‘decolonises’ its history syllabus to challenge ‘white western narrative’ 12 December, Mail Online

Home learning frustrations drive parents to private schools 11 December, The Times

No tablet? Use your phone and a couple of cans for interview, says Cambridge uni 11 December, Schools Week

Civilians may be called up to court martial of Major General Nick Welch 10 December, The Times

Our education system is failing when it comes to science 10 December, The Spectator

East End school hires etiquette coach to teach students how to sit like Kate Middleton 8 December, Evening Standard

Make all schools coeducational by law, including Eton 7 December, The Times

Teacher’s dismissal exposes fissures over Eton college modernisation 4 December, The Guardian

Why a good personal statement is key to getting a place at a top university – and how to get it right 3 December, The Telegraph

Fettes teacher facing abuse claims will not be prosecuted 3 December, BBC News

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson calls for Eton College to admit girls 3 December, Daily Mirror

The knives come out for Ampleforth and its monks 1 December, The Critic

November 2020

‘Aggressively woke’ Eton faces huge staff backlash as free speech row loses control 30 November, Express

New pupils barred from top UK Catholic school after abuse scandal 28 November, The Guardian

I’ve changed my mind: grammar schools are unhealthy and must go 28 November, The Guardian

The modern day must-haves: Today’s status symbols needed to keep ahead of the neighbours include a walk-in wardrobe, a Smeg fridge and having a cleaner, study says 27 November, Mail Online

Clifton College’s ‘wall of silence’ over teacher’s abuse 27 November, BBC News

Private schools record biggest rise in top A-level grades in England 26 October, The Guardian

Meet Izzy Gardiner: Hockey’s voice for more state school inclusion 23 November, The Hockey Paper

Teachers warn of digital divide making it impossible to teach most deprived kids 23 November, The Mirror

Pupils who miss lessons due to Covid are set to receive ‘easier’ entry to universities under plan to make lower A-level offers to students hardest hit by pandemic 22 November, Mail Online

Laptop allocation cuts are betraying a generation of disadvantaged students  – 21 November, The Boar

Private schools are losing their stranglehold on Who’s Who, report finds 18 November, The Telegraph

The private school power league: The schools producing the most ‘influential’ toffs 18 November, The Tab

Britain’s private school elite: One in seven of those who hold the most powerful positions in society went to top ten independent schools – with Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Emily Maitlis and Susanna Reid’s alma maters leading the way 18 November, Mail Online

We cannot allow the pandemic to reverse a generation of progress in education 15 November, The Telegraph

Overhaul university admissions so students get offers once they have their A-levels, vice-chancellors say 13 November, iNews

Independent school launches free arts event for all UK schoolchildren 12 November, IE Today

Private schools can exclude new teachers from pensions 11 November, TES

Elite private school faces racism claims as ex-pupils allege annual ‘slave auction’ took place 10 November, The Telegraph

Heads back university admissions shake-up as UCAS sets out ‘radical options’ 9 November, Schools Week

Pupils could apply to university after A-level results day 9 November, The Times

Outcry as private school children carry on playing sport while council pitches lie empty 7 November, The Telegraph

The best value places to move to for good schools 6 November, The Times

How can independent schools support SEND pupils without external support during Covid-19? 5 November, IE Today

Private school funds ‘shot to pieces’, mergers expected 4 November, TES

October 2020

Scotland ‘more left-wing’ than England over attitudes to tax and private schools 29 October, Daily Record

King’s College Online — the private school that costs £6,000 a year 28 October, The Times

Private school pupils were TWICE as likely to receive full days of online lessons during lockdown than those at state schools 26 October, Mail Online

‘Generation Covid’ hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals 26 October, BBC News

Those who can’t afford it can’t teach 24 October, Schools Week

UK’s top universities urged to act on classism and accent prejudice 24 October, The Guardian

Students from northern England facing ‘toxic attitude’ at Durham University 19 October, The Guardian

GCSEs and A-levels: Grade boundaries for 2020 autumn exams to be lowered compared to past years 16 October, iNews

Chess’s cheating crisis: ‘paranoia has become the culture’ 16 October, The Guardian

Private schools group branded ‘insensitive’ over partnership with debt collection agency 16 October, Schools Week

Six legal ways to cut your tax bill while saving money for private school 13 October, The Telegraph

How much to save to send a child to private school – whether it’s 10 years away or one 12 October, The Telegraph

Britain’s best universities are dominated by private schools. Could I help level the playing field? 10 October, The Guardian

Exams crisis led to nearly a quarter of parents considering private schooling, Courier poll finds 9 October, The Courier

State school pupils less likely to have access to counselling support on site 9 October, The Telegraph

BBC to launch diversity drive as figures show fifth of news staff went to private school  – 8 October, The Telegraph

See all the winners of the Tatler Schools Awards now 7 October, Tatler

The education sector is in a rut. Independent schools can help to break the cycle 6 October, The Telegraph

Private schools treated like ‘society’s villains’ because of ‘stereotyping and prejudice’, says top headteacher 5 October, iNews

“We did everything we could” says private school who told parents to pay up over Covid fees row 5 October, Coventry Live

For the chancellor, charity begins at boarding school 4 October, Yorkshire Bylines

Coronavirus in the UK: A poor schools’ pandemic 2 October, World Socialist Web Site

Holbeach and Donington schools join initiative to inspire pupils 1 October, Spalding Today

September 2020

Half of City partners attended private schools 28 September, The Law Society Gazette

University entrance: The ‘taboo’ about who doesn’t go 27 September, BBC News

Inside the private schools bypassing the NHS and building their own elite Covid systems 27 September, The Telegraph

Leading state and private schools including Eton launch joint fight to scrap ‘unfair and unreliable’ GCSE exams 27 September, Mail Online

‘Scrap GCSEs to protect pupils’ mental health’ 26 September, The Times

GCSE and A-level content may need to be halved to make 2021 exams viable, private schools warn 24 September, iNews

Starmer demands taskforce to close attainment gap 22 September, Schools Week

Independent schools can play a part in tackling regional inequality in education 22 September, Politics Home

Private and state schools bid to kill off GCSEs 20 September, The Guardian

GCSE disadvantage gap shrank in 2020 18 September, TES

A-level and GCSEs could be held in public buildings next year, education secretary says 16 September, The Telegraph

England’s state schools suffering biggest fall in funding since 1980s, says IFS 18 September, The Guardian

‘Drill and kill’ for England’s state schools while private sector goes progressive 18 September, The Guardian

Coronavirus: Kings Monkton head speaks out over face masks 18 September, BBC News

Testing fiasco hits ‘nearly every school in England’ with up to 25,000 teachers and thousands of pupils forced to self-isolate at home two weeks in new term 17 September, Mail Online

Number of independent schools withdrawing from TPS doubles following contribution increases 16 September, Pensions Age

Top private boarding school Bedales gives pupils extra hour in bed to improve teens’ academic work and mental health 15 September, iNews

England’s exam system is broken – let’s never put it together again 15 September, The Guardian

Coronavirus: The story of the big U-turn of the summer 13 September, BBC News

Five years of University admissions statistics reveals the disadvantages faced by state-educated students 12 September, Varsity

Lack of teacher edtech skills a challenge during Covid 9 September, TES

Private school teacher training ‘boosts state sector’ 9 September, TES

Agenda: It is time for the Highers exam system to go 7 September, The Herald

Schools asking children to wear face masks even when there is no local lockdown 3 September, The Telegraph

Schools should reinstate PE lessons, Ofsted chief says 3 September, The Telegraph

August 2020

‘Empathy and collaboration will ensure stability for private schools’ 21 August, IE Education Today

Max Hastings: The private schools racket is falling apart – 21 August, The Times

Kevin McKenna: Private schools sum up all that is wrong with our society – 19 August, The National

‘Drill and kill’ for England’s state schools while private sector goes progressive – 18 August, The Guardian

The real problem is that England’s education system rewards the rich – 18 August, The Guardian

A-level results: ‘Rampant’ grade inflation in Latin and classics, while state schools unfairly hit by lowered marks, charity says – 17 August, The Independent

‘Great relief’ from school chiefs over government A-level grade u-turn after ministers heeded calls from Eton College headmaster to dump the ‘unfair’ algorithm – 17 August, Daily Mail

A-level results chaos to end in court battle – 16 August, The Sunday Times

England’s cricket stars are now nearly all privately educated – 16 August, The Sunday Times

A Level crisis: they couldn’t have handled it worse if they’d tried – 15 August, The Article

Did England exam system favour private schools? – 14 August, Channel 4

Worcester College at Oxford accepts all students with offers amid A-level chaos – 14 August, LBC

England A-level downgrades hit pupils from disadvantaged areas hardest – 13 August, The Guardian

A Level grading ‘equality impacts’ must be considered by Ofqual, EHRC says – 13 August, Evening Standard

A-level results: Mixed emotions at independent schools – 13 August, Independent Education Today

First-generation university students more likely to drop out, research finds – 12 August, the i

Is this new online-only private school the future of education? – 10 August, Daily Telegraph

State pupil boom in private schools – 9 August, The Times

Private schools bring in the lawyers to prepare for A-level appeals – 8 August, The Times

School funding plan ‘benefits wealthier pupils most’ – 7 August, BBC

The pandemic puts a strain on elite private schools – 2 August, The Economist

July 2020

The coronavirus has left the education sector in disarray: What can private schools do to boost their chances of survival? 31 July, London Loves Business

Lockdown has dealt a blow to state education 30 July, Spiked

Coronavirus latest: British boarding schools chartering flights to make sure Chinese pupils arrive next term 30 July, iNews

Soon there’ll be no reason for any parent to send their children to private school 27 July, The Guardian

Boarding schools back in style as parents worry about a Covid-19 second wave 27 July, The Telegraph

Anxious middle-classes look to private schools after coronavirus disruption 26 July, The Guardian

Oxford to accept ‘star’ pupils from poor schools 26 July, The Times

School’s out for the summer – but not for the children of Britain’s elite 25 July, The Telegraph

Top private school had ‘culture of inflating predicted grades’ 24 July, The Telegraph

Why I want to stop hockey being just a ‘white, private school sport’, says GB’s Emily Defroand on her mission for diversity 21 July, Newschain

Cuts to university targets in England are insulting to working-class people like me 21 July, The Guardian

Meet the parents who are bypassing teaching unions by building their own summer schools 19 July, The Telegraph

‘Only a zealot would oppose’: should the UK nationalise struggling private schools? 18 July, The Guardian

Online lessons create classes of ‘zoombies’ 14 July, The Times

Top UK law schools require higher A-Level grades from poorer students, research finds 13 July, Legal Cheek

Half of exam-year UK pupils given no school work since March, finds study 14 July, The Guardian

MONEY FEARS Top Scots private school sparks fury from parents over new uniform cost 12 July, The Scottish Sun

Private schools see a surge of interest as parents look for more structured learning 12 July, The Telegraph

Does the curriculum really need ‘decolonising’?11 July, Spiked

Dame Christine Ryan appointed chair of Ofsted10 July, Schools Week

Private schools had an opportunity to help less fortunate kids this year, but they’ve so far failed 9 July, The Telegraph

Predicted grades awarded this summer will be ‘dodgy’, private school chief warns 9 July, The Telegraph

Winterbourne independent school to close with loss of 55 jobs 8 July, Frome Valley Voice

The growing educational apartheid 6 July, The Spectator

IB results day 2020: Average score up to four-year high 6 July, TES

Some state school pupils will study just five or six GCSEs as teachers cram to make up for lost learning – while those in private sector will do nine or 10 5 July, Mail Online

Private schools could be shut over racism 5 July, The Telegraph

Ex-private school inspection chief to be Ofsted chair 5 July, TES

Push for selective sixth forms to improve education in north 4 July, The Times

Universities banned from making ‘strings attached’ unconditional offers until September 2021 3 July, iNews

Hundreds of gangsters arrested as police crack criminals’ private messaging network 2 July, The Telegraph

My son may only be two, but the race is on to plan his route to public school 1 July, The Telegraph

Are private schools serious about tackling racism? I give them a D- 1 July, The Guardian

June 2020

Even the oldest schools must keep pace with modern thinking – that means making our curriculum more diverse 29 June, The Telegraph

Private schools accuse ministers of ‘ignoring’ their offers to provide summer catch-up courses for local children in letter to Education Secretary Gavin Willia 28 June, Mail Online

Who is Kate Green? 8 facts about the shadow education secretary 28 June, Schools Week

Private schools offer state pupils summer catch-up sessions 27 June, The Telegraph

Is going private the only way to get my daughter back to school? 27 June, The Spectator

Pandemic promises to be unlikely saviour of ailing private schools 26 June, The Times

Ministers may move university applications to after A-level results – 26 June, The Guardian

Decolonising the curriculum – 25 June, The Critic

How Lodge Park in Corby has taken the private school approach to lockdown learning 26 June, Northamptonshire Telegraph

‘Schools can learn from each other to keep staff happy’ 23 June, BBC News

Black students and alumni from elite US private schools – including Exeter, Andover, Chapin, and Greenwich Academy – detail the horrific racism they faced during their years there – 23 June, Mail Online

Eton apologises to Nigerian ex-student Onyeama for racism 23 June, Mail Online

BAME students make up one-fifth of new Oxford undergraduates – 23 June, Guardian

Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s children attend school with this sweet Royal Family link 22 June, Express

Private schools hire marquees to allow pupils to return – 22 June, TES

School’s out: the true cost of classroom closures 20 June, The Spectator

Exclusive: Private school unveils its own track and trace system – 19 June, Telegraph

More than 200 pupils highlight racism issues at top private school – 18 June, Eastern Daily Press

Private schools are offering their buildings and grounds for summer catch-up lessons for ‘disadvantaged’ state pupils left behind by lockdown – 17 June, Mail Online

Exclusive: Private schools set to ignore Government and open in September ‘come what may’ – 16 June, Telegraph

Boarding schools are still thriving under coronavirus, Rugby insists – 16 June, The Times

The eight charts that explain the University’s 2019-2020 undergraduate admissions data – 16 June, Varsity

Coronavirus in Scotland: parents rush to private schools – 16 June, The Times

ABUSE PROBE Cops launch historic abuse probe into Hollywood star Ewan McGregor’s old school Morrison’s Academy in Perthshire 15 June, Scottish Sun

Why I wrote an open letter to my old private school asking them to decolonise their curriculum – and why all private schools should follow – 15 June, Telegraph

Top public school accused of ‘toxic culture of racism’ among pupils – 14 June, Observer

Private schools with spacious sites urged to share space with cramped state schools – 12 June, The i

Ofsted: Private school fined thousands for breaking new pupil ban – 12 June, Schools Week

Alumni of top London private schools call on bosses to ‘teach about white privilege’ and ‘decolonise the canon’ – 11 June, Evening Standard

Inside the army of private tutors keeping wealthy kids’ education on track this summer – 11 June, Telegraph

For the first time, I am thinking about sending my daughter to private school. Here’s why – 11 June, Telegraph

State and private schools must cooperate to rescue the education of the Covid generation – 10 June, Telegraph

Coronavirus: 700,000 children ‘doing no school work’ – 10 June, The Times

Grammar schools admit fewer children from poorer families despite Government push to widen intakes – 9 June, The i

It’s still rich v poor in English schools – exactly as Boris Johnson likes it – 9 June, The Guardian

The private schools getting top marks in lockdown – 9 June, Telegraph

A school system that drives social justice: Resources & funding – 8 June, SecEd

Bristol school removes its statue of Edward Colston from display ‘immediately’ – 8 June, Bristol Post

Black Lives Matter: Top private schools urged to ‘decolonise’ their curriculums – 8 June, The i

Private schools are on the brink of collapse. Thank you, coronavirus. – 7 June, The Canary

Last remaining girls’ boarding school to introduce day pupils as they acknowledge ‘family life has evolved’ – 6 June, Telegraph

Ex-private school director ‘unable’ to repay £150k loan – 5 June, Schools Week

Coronavirus: Private school closures will put pressure on state – 5 June, Schools Week

Tim Davie’s hellish new job as BBC director general – 5 June, BBC News

1 in 10 private schools leaves Teachers’ Pension Scheme 4 June, TES

York’s Minster School becomes latest casualty among independent schools shuttered for good by coronavirus – 4 June, The Yorkshire Post

Independent schools, please stand up for your black students, listen to them and respect them – 1 June, Independent

‘Eton is closed – why aren’t we?’ Haringey parents protest schools return and say coronavirus risk is ‘too high’ – 1 June, Ham & High

Boris Johnson’s former prep school to close over ‘coronavirus impact’ – 1 June, Schools Week

Pupils need schooling this summer to help them make up lost ground – 1 June, Telegraph

A week at Eton (virtually): taking classes at the school’s online portal 1 June, The Times

May 2020

Revealed: Only a fifth of state-school pupils work for 20 hours a week during lockdown lessons – in a stark contrast to 63 per cent of privately educated pupils 31 May, Mail Online

Calderdale private school defies Government pressure to reopen on Monday 29 May, Halifax Courier

Call for ‘rapid expansion’ of free laptops scheme 27 May, TES

School ‘alarm bells’ as elite unis ask for student data 27 May, TES

Top universities say they would have to admit large numbers of students with low or no grades to hit access targets 27 May, iNews

A school system that drives social justice: Collaboration vs competition 25 May, SecEd

How state and private school comparisons mislead and do North no favours 22 May, Yorkshire Post

Prep school to close for good after coronavirus ‘unravels plans for growth’ 25 May, East Anglian Daily Times

Independent schools may consider ‘keeping Year 6 pupils at home’ amid reopening 21 May, Newschain

Private schools could keep Year 6 pupils at home 21 May, TES

Councils could block up to 250,000 pupils returning to school on June 1, 20 May, Telegraph

Tony Blair BACKS Boris Johnson’s plans to reopen schools – as teaching unions and the government continue to clash over June 1 target 19 May, Mail Online

Coronavirus: Attainment gap could widen by 75%, DfE official warns 16 May, Schools Week

Why we need a national tutoring service 15 May, TES

‘The pandemic has magnified inequalities tenfold’: How are British teachers coping in lockdown? 15 May, Telegraph

Universities must not forget about BAME students during this crisis 14 May, Wonkhe

Coronavirus crisis pushes private school to open up to ‘wider catchment group’ 14 May, East Anglian Daily Times

Revealed: Guidance on reopening colleges safely 14 May, TES

‘We must build a better, fairer assessment system’ 13 May, TES

Lockdown is making the gap between rich and poor kids even worse 13 May, Telegraph

Could maximum class sizes of 15 pupils significantly improve our children’s school life? 12 May, Telegraph

Coronavirus latest: Warning that social distancing in schools could be ‘impossible’, as teachers question logic in bringing back youngest pupils first 12 May, iNews

Exclusive: Fears 30% of private schools will go bust 8 May, TES

Coronavirus: Head teachers fear ‘ghost schools’ as parents keep children at home 8 May, The Times

Sutton Trust study highlights digital divide 8 May, IE Today

Independent schools ‘accelerating’ TPS exit talks 6 May, IE Today

Caroline Lucas and Lloyd Russell-Moyle: schools must stay shut 6 May, The Argus

Collapsed private school attended by Sarah Ferguson and Juliet Stevenson ‘holds parents to ransom by demanding they pay £3,900 summer term fees to secure children’s GCSE results’ 6 May, Mail Online

Private schools reopen: Will private schools reopen before state schools? 6 May, Express

Private school business rate changes to be delayed a year 4 May, BBC Scotland

Pressure mounting on Jersey’s government to assist fee-paying schools 4 May, ITV News

Scottish private schools ‘saved’ as charitable relief extended due to pandemic 3 May, The Herald

COVID-19 shines a light on inequality, Britain’s elite Eton College says 2 May, Reuters

Private schools with significant endowments should return PPP loans: Mnuchin 1 May, Reuters

April 2020

Times letters: Cutting school summer holiday to four weeks 30 April, The Times

The brave new world of home learning is leaving the poorest kids behind. But it needn’t be like this 30 April, The Telegraph

Private schools warned over colluding to fix fees during coronavirus pandemic  – 29 April, The Telegraph

Coronavirus crisis no excuse for price-fixing, private schools warned 29 April, The Guardian

Private schools warned over ‘collusion to fix fees’ by watchdog 29 April, The Times

Coronavirus in the UK: Private schools warned against colluding over fee cuts in wake of Covid-19 school closures 29 April, iNews

Competition watchdog warns private schools over fee-fixing collusion during coronavirus outbreak 29 April, Schools Week

Private schools warned over fees ‘collusion’ 29 April, TES

Why private schools could reopen sooner than state-funded schools 29 April, Daily Express

Tonbridge pupils get creative with ‘sleepout’ for homeless charity 28 April, Times Local News

Chinese investors pull another private school back from brink 28 April, The Times

GCSEs: DfE and Ofqual accused of not addressing bias 27 April, TES

How is home-schooling widening the class divide? 27 April, The Voice

Long-Bailey: Lack of ‘overarching message’ on education contributed to Labour’s defeat 24 April, Schools Week

‘We all have busy work lives but everyone can spare an hour’: Former state-school pupils are inspiring younger generations in their careers 24 April, iNews

The attainment gap was yawning long before Covid-19 23 April, TES

Private schools seek taxpayer bailout to stave off job cuts 22 April, The Age

Private school pupils twice as likely to receive online lessons than those at state schools 20 April, iNews

UK schools must assure int’l parents 20 April, The Pie

School’s IN for the summer! £29,000-a-year private school will run its lost coronavirus term in July when pupils are usually on holiday 20 April, Mail Online

Caterer provides more than 2,000 meals to vulnerable children in London during coronavirus crisis 20 April, London News Online

Schools pushing students to attend exams against official advice 17 April, The Times

Coronavirus: MPs to examine impact on poor white pupils 17 April, TES

Schools must start thinking about how to reopen 17 April, TES

A level grades could prejudice university admissions 14 April, Schools Week

The private schools working to narrow the underprivileged attainment gap this spring 14 April, The Telegraph

Coronavirus: ‘Help poor pupils with a catch-up premium’ 14 April, TES

Predicted grades appeal system is not fair, ex-Ucas chief says as she warns it favours middle class students 14 April, The Telegraph

Coronavirus: Schools can expect rise in students redoing year# 14 April, The Times

Crisis offers chance to rethink the role of public schools 13 April, The Times

Private schools’ land targeted for families without gardens 12 April, The Guardian

Pupils held to ‘ransom’ by private school’s demand of fees for grades  – 12 April, The Telegraph

Head warns of private school closures 10 April, The Times

Margaret Greenwood appointed shadow schools minister 9 April, Schools Week

‘Integrate virus-hit private schools into state system’ 9 April, TES

Private schools furlough staff at taxpayer’s expense on government covid scheme 9 April, Evening Standard

Coronavirus: Chinese private school ‘feeding frenzy’ 9 April, TES

Coronavirus: Schools face ‘dry kitty’ in lockdown 8 April, TES

UK private schools feel pandemic squeeze 7 April, FT

Calls for private lands to be opened up across Southwark to relieve pressure on parks 6 April, Southwark News

Coronavirus: GCSE grading plan ‘unfair’, say pupils 6 April, TES

‘Lots of parents are unhappy’: Anger over schools ‘continuing to charge full fees’ 6 April, Bristol Post

We need  to up our game on social mobility 4 April, The Telegraph

Remote learning – a brave new world? 3 April, IE Today

Coronavirus: Schools will rank GCSE and A-level pupils within grades 3 April, Schools Week

Exclusive: Hundreds private schools ‘bust by Christmas’ 3 April, TES

Elite private school group HMC takes on new chair 1 April, TES

Private schools in UK struggling as coronavirus costs bite 1 April, The Guardian

March 2020

Coronavirus: Pupils won’t get free school meal vouchers during Easter holidays 31 March, Schools Week

Private school kids continue to dominate corporate law 31 March, Legal Cheek

Can I get a refund on private school fees during coronavirus? Who qualifies and how do you apply? 31 March, The Telegraph

Councillor’s ‘oven-ready’ scheme to force private schools to pay their bit 31 March, The Guardian

Coronavirus in Scotland: Top Edinburgh school offers free parking for NHS staff 30 March, The Herald

Coronavirus GCSEs: Don’t inflate grades, teachers told 30 March, TES

Coronavirus: Prep schools expected to cut fees 30 March, TES

Private school parents demand fee refunds over fears institutions could go bankrupt 28 March, The Telegraph

Give poor families free tablets and laptops and unlimited data to boost home learning, say Teach First 27 March, iNews

KGS fee freeze, support for key workers & daily messages to students from the Head Master 25 March, Kingston Grammar School

Committee of MPs to probe DfE’s response to coronavirus 25 March, FE Week

Coronavirus: ‘Use national test to check GCSE grades’ 25 March, TES

Coronavirus in the UK: Private schools likely to fold as result of the Covid-19 crisis, independent schools boss warns 24 March, iNews

Fear that fees will dry up grips private schools 24 March, The Times

Coronavirus: IGCSEs cancelled worldwide 24 March, TES

Coronavirus in the UK: Private schools likely to fold as result of the Covid-19 crisis, independent schools boss warns 24 March, iNews

Why am I still paying full whack for my children’s private school when it’s now shut? 24 March, The Telegraph

Last year one Oxford college admitted 96% of its students from state schools. How did they do it? 24 March, The Guardian

Black students will suffer most from A-level cancellations – they routinely outperform their predicted grades 23 March, Independent

Coronavirus update: Eton College to take key workers’ children 21 March, The Times

DfE reveals how it will provide grades for pupils this summer 20 March, Schools Week

Coronavirus: How schools are stepping up to keep disadvantaged pupils fed 20 March, Schools Week

Predicted A-level grades are wrong four times out of five, universities warn 19 March, The Telegraph

Fears that cancelling exams will hit BAME and poor pupils worst 19 March, The Guardian

Coronavirus: ‘Teachers have been heroes and will adapt’ 19 March, TES

Coronavirus: Teacher assessment likely to replace exams 19 March, TES

Exams have been cancelled – so what happens now? 18 March, Schools Week

The expert in social mobility who says education cannot make it happen 17 March, The Guardian

The IGCSE isn’t available in state schools, and many believe it benefits private-school pupils 15 March, iNews

Private schools’ £100m rates relief at risk 14 March, The Times

Help us nationalise more private schools, head tells DfE 11 March, Schools Week

Private schools campaign to scrap GCSEs 11 March, TES

Is the day of the private school over? 11 March, Evening Standard (ES Magazine)

Teacher from Leeds secretly filmed young boys in showers at private schools 11 March, Leeds Live

GCSEs blight pupils’ lives so let’s be brave and abandon them, head says 11 March, The Times

Before society can ‘level up’, the ruling Eton-Winchester clique needs levelling down 10 March, The Guardian

“Why do we want the state involved in education?” 9 March, Schools Week

Bad local transport linked to failing schools 4 March, BBC News

Collins says she’s been ‘vilified and bullied’ after revealing her daughter went to private school 3 March, Mail Online

Disadvantaged pupils offered Birmingham grammar school places 2 March, BBC News

Instead of rote learning useless facts, children should be taught wellbeing 2 March, The Guardian

Taunton councillor branded a ‘Marxist’ over independent school donation plans 2 March, Somerset County Gazette

Three brothers on bursaries ‘discarded’ by prestigious cathedral choir school 1 March, The Telegraph

Strikes hit private schools as teachers down chalks over threat to pensions 1 March, The Times

February 2020 

Revealed: Private schools with the highest surpluses – 28 February, TES

Investigation: Independent schools hoarding millions – 28 February, TES

Most secondary heads open to making admissions fairer – 27 February, TES

Most parents value pupil wellbeing above exam results – 27 February, TES

Teachers’ Pension Scheme: should I stay or should I go? – 25 February, IE Today

Pensions: why private school staff are right to strike – 25 February, TES

Independent schools must be crucibles of innovation – 24 February, TES

Third in Edinburgh think social class was a factor in school – 24 February, The Times

‘Myopic politicians are risking our musical future’ – 23 February, TES

What kind of school is best? By Beth Cameron, Newstead Wood School – 22 February, This is Local London

DfE: Ofsted school funding report is ‘unrepresentative’ – 21 February, TES

State and private schools must work together for our children’s sake – 20 February, The Times

Private schools launch high street ‘benefits card’ to subsidise bursaries for pupils from poorer backgrounds – 20 February, iNews

Call to scrap ‘elitist’ Oxford application fee – 19 February, BBC News

Schools ‘reducing curriculum breadth’ because of funding pressures, says Amanda Spielman – 19 February, Schools Week

Bolton state school and private sector working recognised at Celebrating Partnerships – 18 February, Bolton News

Teachers asked to sacrifice pay to save their pensions – 18 February, TES

Outreach Update – 17 February, Forest News

UK universities face pressure to reform admissions process – 17 February, The Guardian

Pay plans will ‘shortchange’ most teachers, say unions – 17 February, TES

State pupils flock to Oxford college — and degree results soar – 16 February, The Times

DfE proposes legal definition of ‘full-time’ education – 14 February, Schools Week

Private schools students have increased every year at two Russell Group universities – 13 February

Exclusive: Lord Agnew ‘to leave’ the DfE 13 February, Schools Week

4 myths about opening franchise schools overseas – 13 February, TES

Schools minister Nick Gibb survives another reshuffle – 13 February, TES

Plaistow teacher launches Gofundme scholarship bid to send pupil to top independent school – 12 February, Newham Recorder

Want to survive, private schools? Then improve society – 11 February, TES

Alarm at Ofsted-style plan to rank universities by graduate earnings – 11 February, The Guardian

The Guardian view on new GCSEs: bad news for disadvantaged pupils – 11 February, The Guardian

Exclusive: More private school teacher pensions strikes – 11 February, TES

Teachers of private Hartford school which costs £9.6K a year set to strike for six days – 10 February, Cheshire Live

Oxbridge, look at pupils’ backgrounds – not school – 9 February, TES

Five east London students from one of the country’s most deprived areas win scholarships to top private schools including Eton – 7 February, Mail Online

Blind application processes, not positive discrimination, would level the playing field – 7 February, iNews

Sixth former secures partnership with Eton College – 4 February, IE Today

Why did business rates become a battleground? – 4 February, BBC News

Rayner: ‘Tories must address damage done by cuts’ – 4 February, TES

Two Chinese schoolchildren ‘unfairly’ excluded from Milton Keynes schools over Coronavirus fears, claims dad – 3 February, MK Citizen

Eton to Oxbridge? If it’s tougher, that’s fair – 3 February, The Times

Will the Tories turn on ‘elitist’ independent schools? – 2 February, TES

January 2020

Ofsted’s illegal schools taskforce to trial body cameras for inspectors – 31 January, Schools Week

Education: More schools ‘green’ in Wales performance ratings – 31 January, BBC News

Was my son rejected by Oxford because he went to a private school? – 30 January, The Telegraph

The gross hypocrisy of private school heads – 30 January, The Guardian

School funding is down since 2010, DfE finally admits – 30 January, TES

Middle-class pupils will be squeezed out of Oxbridge, says Office for Students – 29 January, The Times

Private schools criticise plans to get more poor students into university – 29 January, The Guardian

‘Schools are killing curiosity’: why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn – 28 January, The Guardian

‘Huge gender gap’ in languages GCSE results – 27 January, TES

Top private schools demand students returning from China get medical certificates – 27 January, 9 News

Private schools moving away from ‘past their sell-by-date’ GCSEs, says head – 26 January, iNews

Top private school developing A-level alternative to teach teenagers to farm, forage and manage land sustainably – 26 January, iNews

Birmingham Islamic school sues Ofsted after being failed for leaflet – 26 January, The Guardian

Parents should let four-year-olds  order for themselves to build confidence, leading head says – 25 January, Telegraph

British private schools are adapting to a changing market in China – 24 January, Quartz

Top private school first to partner with Morocco –23 January, TES

Grammar schools ‘unequivocally damage social mobility’ – 23 January, TES

‘Relaxed discipline’ helps pupils, research finds – 22 January, TES

Sixteen new British independent schools to open in China in 2020 – 22 January, The Pie News

School careers support inadequate, say third of pupils – 22 January, TES

Teenagers aspiring to traditional jobs despite rise of technology over past 20 years, study finds – 22 January, Independent

‘Relaxed discipline’ helps pupils, research finds – 22 January, TES

Learning a musical instrument aids academic success, says Reigate Grammar School – 20 January, IE Today

Why is there high demand for UK satellite schools? – 20 January, TES

Concerns Labour put off ‘baddie’ private school parents – 20 January, TES

Damning report finds ‘serious shortfalls’ at Ruthin boarding school with pupils ‘at risk of harm’ – 20 January, ITV

Williamson to drive reforms ‘further and harder’ – 20 January, TES

Archie’s future: Rubbing shoulders with well-heeled expats at international school rather than Eton? – 19 January, The Telegraph

Life lessons learnt by giving to the community – 19 January, The Times

Pay for private education or buy a property near an ‘outstanding’ state school – which saves you most money? – 16 January, The Telegraph

SATs maladministration cases soar by a third – 16 January, Schools Week

London state school praised by Stormzy secures 51 offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge – 16 January, Independent

Dorset school introduces loyalty card to help local businesses – 16 January, IE Today

4 red flags to check for in an international school – 16 January, TES

Oxford makes ‘record’ number of offers to state pupils – 16 January, TES

John Dancy, classicist and reform-minded headmaster who in 1968 admitted girls to Marlborough – obituary – 16 January, The Telegraph

Ex-Blue Peter star Konnie Huq slams proposal for new prep school on ‘beautiful’ green space – 15 January, Evening Standard

The IGCSE isn’t available in state schools, and many believe it benefits private-school pupils – 15 January, iNews

How we make our state-independent partnership work – 14 January, TES

Schools should brace for five years of upheaval from a triumphant party with Gove at its heart – 14 January, The Guardian

Old boys have investors to call on for life – 13 January, The Times

Poor background a teaching barrier, say 59% of public – 13 January, TES

State v private: a parent’s torment at being priced out of independent school – 12 January, The Times

‘Social mobility only works for a tiny few’: an extract from People Like Us by Hashi Mohamed – 12 January, The Guardian

Should independent school heads ever be on the New Years honours list? – 11 January, Schools Week

How private schools are fighting to solve the pension crisis and save parents from higher fees – 10 January, The Telegraph

Improving access in education – 9 January, IE Today

The best value private schools in the UK – 9 January, The Telegraph

Schools in deprived areas become ‘dumping grounds’ for struggling children, Ofsted report suggests – 8 January, Independent

Private school fees 2020: the cost of sending your child to an independent school in Scotland – 8 January, The Scotsman

Prep school introduces hygge lessons – 7 January, IE Today

Exclusive: Private school teacher pension strike threat – 6 January, TES

Revealed: the schools leaving Teachers’ Pension Scheme – 6 January, TES

Poor white boys are failed by schools once more – 5 January, The Times

Bursaries don’t help when it’s not their colour that thwarts these boys – 5 January, The Guardian

Revealed: the private schools that buy in exam help from government body – 5 January, The Ferret

‘A fresh pair of eyes’: The private schools inspector – 3 January, TES

December 2019

Race row after leading private schools turn down donor’s £1m offer to help poor white boys – 31 December, The Telegraph

Top schools defend rejecting bursary for white boys – 31 December, BBC News

Snubbed donor offers his bursaries for poor white boys to state schools – 30 December, The Times

Are Norfolk’s parents turning their backs on private schools? – 22 December, Eastern Daily Press

So ministers want transformative education policies…? – 19 December, TES

Universities warned over student ‘sales pitches’ – 19 December, BBC News

‘The NEU has become irrelevant to most teachers’ lives’ – 19 December, TES

Exclusive: ‘Invisible’ NEU risks ‘withering on vine’ – 18 December, TES

Why it’s time to abolish GCSEs – 17 December, TES

Poorer London pupils still win race to university17 December, BBC News

‘Many of our children don’t get presents’: schools open over Christmas for families with nothing – 17 December, The Guardian

Boosting access to top universities for poor students must be a priority for PMs plan to ‘level up – 17 December, FE News

No boost to schools in poorer areas from Ofsted changes – 16 December, TES

Working-class MPs make the victory truly comprehensive – 16 December, The Times

Schools with deprived pupils ‘still less likely to be judged good’, admits Ofsted – 16 December, Schools Week

2019 in independent education – 16 December, IE Today

New opener factory from hotbed of rugby talent – 16 December, The Times

Research: Smaller classes don’t equal better results – 16 December, TES

Steep rise in warning notices for private schools – 16 December, Schools Week

Should private schools breathe a sigh of relief? – 13 December, TES

Johnson told to ‘shelve election rhetoric’ and deliver for schools – 13 December, Schools Week

No money. No ideas. A year of pure political purgatory – 13 December, Schools Week

Call for universities to randomly allocate places – 12 December, TES

Elite universities ‘will need 100 years’ to hit OfS access goals – 12 December, THE

Parent school donations ‘exacerbating inequality’ – 11 December, BBC News

Need to know: Scottish private schools and rates relief – 11 December, TES

‘My plan for paying school fees’  – 7 December, The Times

Parents spend £1.7 BILLION a year on home tutors for their children – with some paying up to £200 an hour – 7 December, Mail on Sunday

Think Oxbridge entry is unfair? Let’s talk about rugby 6 December, TES

EPI analysis: How the parties’ education plans could affect pupil attainment – 6 December, Schools Week

Poor students are not going to universities that their grades deserve, study finds – 5 December, Daily Telegraph

Private schools in Scotland to be taxed full business rates next year – 4 December, BBC

Scotland’s private schools to start paying full tax from next year – 4 December, The Scotsman

Exclusive: Pensions hike forces private school mergers – 4 December, TES

Single-sex schools changing admissions to allow transgender pupils to head off legal threats – 3 December, The Independent

Pupils ‘learn better wearing cosy socks and slippers’ – 3 December, TES

Private schools keep grip on high-points college courses – 3 December, The Irish Times

As Scotland closes its last girls’ state school, should we call time on the single-sex school? – 2 December, Daily Telegraph

Working-class actors kept in the wings by Downton Abbey effect, says Rada director Edward Kemp – 1 December, The Sunday Times

November 2019

Almost 200 private schools leaving pension scheme – 29 November, FT Adviser

Failing private school in Exeter is visited for third time this year by Ofsted – 29 November, Devon Live

Where do Eton College, Marlborough College and Gordonstoun rank on the list of top independent schools? – 29 November, Royal Central

The current challenges being faced by independent schools – 29 November, Independent Education Today

We spent a fortune on school fees… and thousands more on tutors: Meet the private school parents who are paying twice over in the new educational arms race – 29 November, Daily Mail

Caught in the class war crossfire – 28 November, The Critic

I send my children to private school and I’m terrified by Corbyn’s manifesto – 28 November, The Independent

University admissions gap between rich and poor students still ‘far too wide’ – 28 November, Schools Week

More small private schools receive top Ofsted grades, but 1 in 10 still ‘inadequate’27 November, Schools Week

‘Private schools are a family – and staff have a voice’ – 26 November, TES

We can argue about private and public schools every election but parents will always want what’s best for their kids – 25 November, The Independent

Bust ‘rich boys in top hats’ myth, private schools told25 November, TES

The Interview: John McDonnell talks Corbyn, private schools and revolution – 24 November, The Sunday Times

How private schools have taken over the AFL – 23 November, The Age

Labour hasn’t thought through its private school policy – 22 November, TES

Exclusive poll: Independent teachers back Labour plans – 21 November, TES

Labour to raise school spending by £10.5bn and give teachers a 5% pay rise – 21 November, Schools Week

The dilemma of a left-leaning private school teacher – 18 November, TES

Our schools are free of narrow EBacc, says private head – 18 November, TES

Revealed: Councils paid £700k to ‘unsafe’ illegal school – 17 November, Schools Week

Parent Power: A good prep school sets your child up for life – 17 November, The Sunday Times

Parent Power: state schools in poor areas beat the private preps – 17 November, The Sunday Times

I would burn in hell before returning’ – why British teachers are fleeing overseas – 13 November, The Guardian

The personal cost of teaching abroad – 12 November, TES

Education is a hot election issue, about to get hotter – 13 November, TES

Student says it’s wrong for Labour to scrap tuition fees, but reveals he was ‘fortunate’ not to pay for private school education – 12 November, indy100

Labour expected to water down radical environmental policy and other key pledges in manifesto – 12 November, Daily Telegraph

Are private-school pupils cleverer? No, just richer – 11 November, TES

Cocaine worth more than £200k found after raid on one of UK’s most prestigious private schools – 11 November, The Independent

Scottish independent schools appeal three times as many exam results – 11 November, Edinburgh Evening News

Children in care given boarding school places are three times as likely to go to university – 10 November, Daily Telegraph

Can boarding schools really improve the life chances of disadvantaged children? – 10 November, Daily Telegraph

Poorer pupils learn to benefit from Classics9 November, The Sunday Times

Private schools tests that were at the centre of a ‘cheating’ scandal have been abolished by their exam board – 8 November, Daily Telegraph

Illegal schools have ‘drills’ to avoid scrutiny, says Ofsted director – 8 November, Schools Week

Boarding schools warp our political class – I know because I went to one – 7 November, The Guardian

Will child abuse allegations put Britain’s music schools at risk? – 7 November, Daily Telegraph

Private school pupils earn 10 per cent more by the time they are 25, study finds7 November, Daily Telegraph

Labour manifesto to include private school tax hike – 6 November, TES

General election: Former Tory minister is funding ads attacking Corbyn on Facebook – 6 November, Sky News

Private school pupils gain one A‑level grade over state rivals – 5 November, The Times

Rich resources of private schools give pupils educational advantage, IOE research shows – 5 November, UCL website

St Edward’s School teachers strike in Oxford – 5 November, Oxford Mail

People smuggling gangs are using unsuspecting British private schools to traffic Vietnamese children – 4 November, Daily Mail

How it feels to… rise from bin man to professor – 3 November, The Times

Tory ministers spend £91m on private school fees for top diplomats and military personnel – 2 November, The Independent

Should Britain Abolish Private Schools? – 1 November, The Atlantic

October 2019

How state and private schools in France are funded30 October, The Connexion

Two thirds of universities in England forced to take action because of regulator’s concerns30 October, the i

BBC debate on future of private school sector30 October, BBC

Why boarding schools are helping to boost house prices30 October, Daily Telegraph

The hidden traffic impacts of private schooling – 28 October, The Conversation

Revealed: GCSE grades versus fees, find out how leading private schools rank – 22 October, Daily Telegraph

With their plan to abolish private schools, has the Labour Party forgotten about black people like me? – 21 October, The Independent

How one Scottish private school set up shop in China – 18 October, TES

Populism has no place in education – so stop bashing Germans and private schools14 October, The Guardian

Don’t close private schools, open them up – 12 October, The Sunday Times

5,000 private school children in Shropshire could be moved to state schools under Labour’s plans – 11 October, Shropshire Star (see PSPR’s Twitter feed on inaccuracies in this article)

Private schools should be abolished – 10 October, The Saint

Abolishing private schools solves nothing – 10 October, The Forge

Horsham private school hosts talk on how public schools ‘ruin’ the country – 9 October, West Sussex County Times

Coming soon: the £1m school fees – 6 October, The Sunday Times (see same previous research in Guardian here)

Private school head ‘would rather close down’ than become a state school – 5 October, The Independent

Exams could be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future, private school chief predicts – 4 October, Daily Telegraph

Seven failing private schools banned from accepting new pupils – 4 October, Schools Week

Trio plead guilty to running illegal school after Ofsted investigation – 3 October, The Independent

Private schools warn uni cap would lead to brain drain – 2 October, TES

September 2019

NQTs leaving state schools for better-paid private jobs – 30 September, TES

Analysis: Would Eton move abroad to escape Labour? – 30 September, TES

Private schools say abolition would be vote-loser – 30 September, BBC

Private schools discussed on BBC’S Sunday Politics South East – 29 September, BBC [listen from 9.40]

Education needs an overhaul, but closing private schools is not the answer – 28 September, The Guardian

Private school fees: is it cheaper to move to a good state catchment area? – 27 September, The Times

‘Our apartheid education system is a burning injustice’ – 27 September, TES

Oxford University to launch parent charm offensive in attempt to woo disadvantaged students – 27 September, Daily Telegraph

Top of the class: Labour seeks to emulate Finland’s school system – 27 September, The Guardian

Private schools chief attacks ‘truly toxic’ portrayal of sector26 September, The Guardian

Grenfell head attacks Labour’s decision to scrap private schools – 25 September, The Times

‘I’ve benefited directly from the inequality that private schools create – but I still think they should be abolished’– 24 September, The Independent

Labour is right to target private school privilege, but abolition isn’t the only answer – 24 September, The Guardian

Labour’s commitment to abolish private schools isn’t all it seems – 23 September, New Statesman

‘Many independent schools would be awful state schools’ – 23 September, TES

Could Labour really ban private schools? – 23 September, BBC

Head of Eton hits back at Labour plans to abolish private schools – 23 September, The Guardian

Labour delegates vote for plan that would abolish private schools – 23 September, The Guardian

Two-tier teacher pensions warning – 23 September, TES

Buying homes near good schools ‘worse than going private’ – 21 September, The Times

Private school pupils may need higher grades to go to Cambridge – 22 September, The Sunday Times

Call for reform of ‘problem’ private school system – 19 September, TES

Why abolishing private schools is ethically dubious – 19 September, TES

Private school Harrow launches virtual sixth-form – 18 September, TES

Television workers twice as likely to have attended private school – 18 September, The Guardian

John McDonnell backs ‘Abolish Eton’ debate at Labour conference – 18 September, The Guardian

Australians turn their backs on private schools after fees triple – 18 September, Financial Review

11 ways to get the best value out of private school – 17 September, Daily Telegraph

Report on reform options for private schools to launch at debate – 17 September, Independent Education Today

Why won’t the unions defend private-school jobs? – 16 September, TES

Christian teacher says school forced her to quit for supporting marriage equality – 16 September, The Guardian

‘I’m not paying’: private schools sue parents for not paying fees – 15 September, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Labour Party’s war on private education goes against everything it is supposed to stand for – 14 September, Daily Telegraph

Independent school head teachers hit back at Labour’s ‘dodgy maths’ – 14 September, The Times

What Corbyn’s raid on private schools will cost parents – and how to beat fee increases – 13 September, Daily Telegraph

Never mind ‘tax raids’, Labour – just abolish private education – 13 September, The Guardian

How to get a cut-price private school education – 13 September, Financial Times

Labour ‘ripping apart’ education, private school leaders warn as John McDonnell says they will be treated ‘like any other business’ – 13 September, Daily Telegraph

Historic independent school reveals merger – 13 September, The Business Desk

Labour planning £1.6bn tax raid on private schools, leaked document reveals – 12 September, Daily Telegraph

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal school – 12 September, BBC

Labour activists pledge to create most radical manifesto ever – 11 September, The Guardian

Govt to allow private school teachers to enrol in defined contribution scheme – 10 September, FT Adviser

The private school system is ‘morally rotten’. This could be the moment for its downfall – 10 September, The Guardian

Labor defends $1.2bn private school package it previously called a ‘slush fund’ – 9 September, The Guardian

Cambridge admits record number of state educated students – 9 September, Daily Telegraph

Labour chairman urges members to back plan to abolish private schools – 7 September, Daily Telegraph

10 of the best value private schools in the UK – 4 September, Daily Telegraph

Why private schools are less privileged than you think – 3 September, TES

Cutting private school tax relief ‘puts exams at risk’2 September, TES

August 2019

The real divide is not between state and private schools but between good schools and bad – 30 August, The Conservative Woman

‘You can’t blame independent schools for Brexit’ – 29 August, TES

Elite Private Schools Join Yeshivas In Fight Against Regulations – 29 August, WNYC

School suddenly shuts just six days before new year due to start – 27 August, Examiner Live

The Guardian view on easier GCSEs at private schools: insult added to injury – 25 August, The Guardian

Michael Gove is vindicated: state schools are finally catching up with private schools – 25 August, Daily Telegraph

‘Easier’ exams offered by private schools smooth pupils’ entry to top universities – 24 August, The Guardian

Gap between private and state schools getting top A levels is at its narrowest in a decade – 24 August, Daily Telegraph

Business rates relief for Scottish independent schools under threat – 22 August, Civil Society

Private schools are making weaker students take exams as ‘external candidate’ to protect league tables – 20 August, Daily Telegraph

BTec courses: A-level reforms trigger rise in private schools’ practical qualifications24 August, The Times

July 2019

‘Class segregation of schools is burning injustice’: Hundreds of councillors back campaign to abolish private schools – 21 July, The Independent

Private schools told to open up places and facilities to children in care – 4 July, Daily Telegraph

June 2019

Private schools need phasing out, and here’s how it can be done – 26 June, Schools Week

Private school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’ – 25 June, BBC

Britain ‘increasingly divided’ with most influential people five times more likely to have gone to private school – 25 June, The Independent

Phasing Out Private Schools: The Simons Sketch – 16 June, Schools Week

£200k fund to encourage partnerships with private schools and universities7 June, Schools Week

May 2019

Pupils at £37,000-a-year private school sit English IGCSE exam only to find they have been taught wrong book – 16 May, The Independent

Head of £12,700-a-term school says private pupils being discriminated against like Jews in Nazi Germany – 11 May, The Independent

Front-page error from the Times about how much private schools save taxpayers – 3 May, Full Fact

2018

Private schools: Why does Germany allow them? – December 2018, Deutsche Welle

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