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793,000 empty school places, yet Conservatives propose more schools
Summary: Conservatives are proposing the build of new schools, despite official figures revealing 793,000 empty school places in the UK
Category: News and views
A beginner's guide to finding a school
Summary: If you’ve just started looking for an independent school, our easy guide will help you navigate the system and make the right choice
A day in the life of... a state school teacher and a private school teacher
Summary: What is life is like 'on the other side of the fence? Two teachers give us honest, eye-opening accounts
Category: Teacher zone
Age of independents
Summary: John Newton, headmaster of Taunton School, puts up a robust defence of private education
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
A gifted child can need a special school
Summary: If your child is a budding Johnny Wilkinson, Darcy Bussell or Yehudi Menuhin, they may need the environment of a special school
‘A happy school’ better than a high-achieving school
Summary: A survey conducted by Tom-Brown.com finds that parents rate good pastoral care higher than discipline and academic results
Category: News and views
A head for heights: Blundell's School's first female head looks at the role of a head teacher
Summary: What should the role of a head teacher be?
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
A helping hand
Summary: Private education is becoming more accessible than ever due to bursary schemes
Category: Pastoral care
Category: School fees
Category: News and views
A home away from home
Summary: With the onus now on schools to create high-achieving, well-rounded individuals inside and outside of the classroom, we look at what some of our local boarding communities get up to after the school bell rings
A Level results 2013
Summary: Exam success across the south west
Category: News and views
All Hallows headmaster Ian Murphy on striving for creative, cutting-edge education
Summary: An interview with Ian Murphy, head of All Hallows
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
All that jazz
Summary: Prior Park College teams up with top touring pianist and Bath resident Jason Rebello for a special new musical project.
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
All the people: Bath Spa students putting their studies to good use
Summary: How Bath Spa students are making the most of their degree
Category: News and views
All the world’s a stage: How Bath Theatre School supports young actors whatever their age or ability
Summary: When three friends decided to pool their experience in musical theatre, the result was an exciting new theatre school for children in Bath.
Category: Press
Category: News and views
American Universities target British students
Summary: American universities target British students, as huge numbers rejected from British degree courses
Category: News and views
A money makeover can help you plan ahead
Summary: A family finds out how to save for their toddler son's education, from nursery through to university
Amy Williams: Schooldays
Summary: Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams talks to Katrina Stanton about her schooldays and being a typically sporty student
Category: Learning
An ‘all-round education’
Summary: Academic success is about more than just good grades, argues HELEN PORTAS of Godolphin School
Category: Learning
An exciting new era: Noel Neeson, headmaster of St Peter’s School, on its new baccalaureate
Summary: St Peter's School in Lympstone has a new baccalaureate
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
An Inspector Calls
Summary: BENEDICT DUNHILL, headmaster of Port Regis School in Dorset talks about the lead up to school inspections.
Category: News and views
Anorexia: where there’s help, there’s hope
Summary: Hospital admissions for teenagers with anorexia have risen 80 per cent over the last decade. How can parents and teachers help sufferers of eating disorders, asks Kate Fielding?
A piece of the action
Summary: A local ex-soldier is offering Bath youngsters a valuable, character-building opportunity this summer.
Category: Pastoral care
Category: Careers
A place in the sun
Summary: One Bath school is making use of its international links and branching out to the Mediterranean...
Category: News and views
A PLACE TO THRIVE
Summary: It’s key that schools create a nurturing environment for their students, argues Martin Harris, headmaster at Sandroyd School
Category: Learning
Appleford School: where dyslexics succeed
Summary: APPLEFORD SCHOOL teaches within a caring, happy and structured framework, giving pupils the confidence to achieve in learning and in life
Category: News and views
AQA to bring in exam-only GCSEs
Summary: AQA are to offer GCSES assessed solely through end of course examination
Category: News and views
Art from the Heart
Summary: Schools in the Tetbury area are encouraging creativity
Category: News and views
"A scholarship is a great cost-cutter"
Summary: Vivienne Hayes, a parent from Bath, explains how her son won scholarships to Millfield School in Somerset and enjoyed a superb education there
Balls drops compulsory sex education reform
Summary: Schools Secretary Ed Balls has dropped key reforms including compulsory sex education for 15-year olds
Category: News and views
Balls orders review into the legislation protecting child performers
Summary: Schools secretary Ed Balls has ordered a review of existing legislation governing child performance on stage and screen to ensure guidelines are rigorous enough
Category: News and views
Balls’ pledge of £100 million pounds to fund more primary school places
Summary: With an increase in birth rate, demand for primary school places are predicted to be sky-high resulting in Children’s Secretary’s pledge to help local authorities
Category: News and views
Balls warns SATs boycott will breach schools’ statutory duty
Summary: Schools Secretary Ed Balls asks teachers not to support the boycott as tens of thousands of pupils scheduled to take SATs examinations will be disrupted this week
Category: News and views
Ban on junk food starts in secondary schools
Summary: All UK schools must now offer nutritious, balanced options at every meal
Category: News and views
Bath Studio School: bridging the gap between school and the workplace
Summary: Preparing young people for the world of work
Category: News and views
"Being summer-born doesn't hold me back"
Summary: Children who are born in August can be almost a year younger than their peers in Reception, but as our vox-pop of parents and pupils shows, it doesn't have to be a disadvantage
Category: Learning
Best of both: want to board your children AND have family time? All Hallows has the answer...
Summary: All Hallows Preparatory School on boarding
Better together
Summary: Two local colleges look set to merge before summer 2015.
BOY RACER
Summary: Pupils at Exeter School have a new hero, reports ROXANNE DURIS
Category: News and views
Category: Press
Breaking news: Balls promises U-turn on child protection legislation
Summary: New rules would have discouraged parents from helping out and inspirational speakers from coming into assemblies, according to head teachers
Category: News and views
Bring your hamster: settling in at boarding school
Summary: The stereotypes of rigid regimes, stern matrons and cold showers have long gone. Boarding schools are friendly places where the staff do their utmost to help your children settle in
Budget for the extra costs of independent school
Summary: Uniform, musical instruments and trips can add 20 per cent to the cost of independent education, but you can make considerable savings every term
Building confidence through the arts: Ellie Cootes, youth and education coordinator at Salisbury Arts Centre, shares her experiences of young people participating in the arts
Summary: How the arts can help build confidence
Category: News and views
Building for the future
Summary: With a year to go until The Atrium Studio School opens, new principal MATT MESSIAS explains why it was worth crossing the plant for
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Bursaries can save you a fortune
Summary: More than 30 per cent of children at independent schools receive assistance with fees, via bursaries or scholarships. Find out if your family qualifies
Bursaries rise at independent schools
Summary: More than 60 per cent of private schools will make more funding available for pupils
Category: News and views
Businesses to fund state pupils for private schools
Summary: Businesses should fund free places for state school pupils, says independent schools leader
Category: News and views
Cameron promises to make teaching the “new noble profession”
Summary: Conservatives are promising to make teaching elitist by improving quality of graduates in England and consequently make teaching a prestigious profession.
Category: News and views
Cameron terrified by prospect of finding state school for his children
Summary: Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that he sympathises with parents in central London trying to find a good state school for their children
Category: News and views
Camo Day: a change of uniform
Summary: Katie Walker, deputy head at Chafyn Grove School, shares a day in the life of fancy dress at the school and explains why such events are vital for creating a dynamic, proactive environment
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Can private schools afford such lavish facilities?
Summary: The education correspondent of The Times, Nicola Woolcock begins the first in a series of exclusive features for tom-brown.com with a hard-hitting analysis
Category: News and views
Careers advice at school: what should parents expect?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright explains why careers advice should no longer be seen as an occasional 10 minute chat, good schools will think much more carefully about preparing their pupils for the world of work
Catholic schools also warned against becoming academies
Summary: The Catholic Church have advised schools it would be ‘unwise’ for them apply for academy status
Category: News and views
Causing a stir
Summary: Pupils of Kings School in Devon take over The Salty Monk to cook a seven course feast for charity.
Category: Press
Category: Careers
Category: News and views
Celebrities back Beatbullying wristbands for anti-bullying week
Summary: Beatbullying reveals all-new range of resources including wristbands for schools in time for anti-bullying week
Category: News and views
Championing clever kids
Summary: A new alliance is supporting gifted and talented children, who may suffer bullying in the classroom. The Times education writer Nicola Woolcock reports
Check the financial 'health' of your school
Summary: Make sure you choose a school that isn't at risk of closure by following our expert guide
Category: School fees
Children with speech difficulties deprived of expert help
Summary: One in six children found to have difficulty in learning to talk, suggests online survey of parents by YouGov
Category: News and views
Choose happiness, not hot-housing
Summary: CLIVE MARRIOTT of Salisbury Cathedral School talks about academic pressure on young people today and how to encourage and celebrate, rather than hot-house children.
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
"City schools are the best preparation for life"
Summary: The headmaster of Clifton College explains why he believes urban schools have so much to offer pupils
Clayesmore is a flourishing school that’s dedicated to offering excitement and opportunity to its pupils at every stage of their school life
Summary: Exciting opportunities at Claysmore
Category: Pastoral care
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
‘Clearing got me on to the course I wanted’
Summary: Student Saskia Duff explains how to survive clearing and work the system to win the right place
Clock ticking for decision day on new school year
Summary: Tough financial choices lie ahead for parents as the deadline for the new school year approaches
Category: School fees
Clyst Vale to Cambridge
Summary: Clyst Vale Community College head of history HEATHER PADDEN loves nothing more than seeing pupils get into Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Category: Learning
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Concerns rise over quality of teaching in Scottish schools
Summary: Teachers are suffering from a lack of confidence, says a recent survey
Category: News and views
Conservative ‘free schools policy’ confirmed
Summary: Michael Gove has confirmed ‘free schools’, with proposed legislation in place so that schools can become academies by September
Category: News and views
Conservatives plan to reintroduce O-levels in UK schools
Summary: O-levels could be reintroduced to UK schools as growing numbers of pupils continue to take the exams overseas
Category: News and views
Conservatives promise more family focus and parent power
Summary: Launching the Conservative party’s manifesto, Cameron has promised parent power, raising the standard of teaching and having all pupils able to read by the age of six
Category: News and views
Conservatives propose schools should stay open at weekends
Summary: Children need extra support and schools should operate 10 hour days as well as weekends to accommodate, claim Tories
Conservatives tackled over special needs in schools
Summary: Conservative leader David Cameron by parent over alleged bias against disabled children in the education system
Category: News and views
Constant web use shortens attention span
Summary: Young people are unable to focus on one page of a book a time due to virtual modern times, according to recent survey
Category: News and views
Cosmologist and best-selling author Simon Singh MBE
Summary: Dr Simon Singh's books have engaged many people in the fascinating study of the cosmos and helped to explain its beguiling complexities
Category: Careers
Creating choices
Summary: It’s all systems go at All Hallows, as a brand new centre for design and technology officially opens
Category: Learning
Crucial exams delayed by snow
Summary: Examinations regulator reveals hundreds of A-level, AS and GCSE exams were cancelled due to snow
Dance your way to success
Summary: Director of the Royal Ballet School Gailene Stock explains what it takes to become a world-famous principal dancer
Category: Careers
Dealing with an incompetent teacher
Summary: Find out how one plucky parent tackled this problem several times over
Category: Learning
Dear agony aunt: how can we tell our kids ‘times are hard’?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of St Mary’s, Calne, offers advice to a family that is having to adjust to the recession
Category: Pastoral care
Dear agony aunt; how do I tackle teenage drinking?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of St Mary's Calne, offers advice on what to do if you think your child is drinking alcohol
Dear Agony Aunt: My child goes to boarding school for the first time in September. How can I help settle her in?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of St Mary's School, Calne, offers advice to parents of children who are new to boarding.
Category: News and views
Dear Agony Aunt: What should I expect from my child’s new school in the first few weeks of the first term?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of St Mary's Calne, offers advice on what parents should expect from their child's new school in the first few weeks of term.
Category: News and views
Dear agony aunt: why do girls fall out?
Summary: Are you tearing your hair out over a problem? Why not email Dr Helen Wright, head of St Mary’s Calne and Tom-Brown.com’s new agony aunt?
Category: Pastoral care
Dear agony aunt: why won't the school help us?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of St Mary's School Calne, offers advice to a family who are struggling to keep their son in independent school. A restructuring of the fees might help
Dear Prime Minister, let us be independent
Summary: Independent schools have essentially just one request on their wishlist, and it is one that can be relatively easily granted: let us be independent, says Head of St Mary's Calne Dr Helen Wright
Dear Secretary of State for Education
Summary: Dr Helen Wright writes to the Secretary of State for Education as England prepares for an education reform
Decision Time
Summary: MATTHEW FAULKNER, senior tutor and head of modern foreign languages at Port Regis School, offers advice on the tricky task of securing a place at a senior school
Digital dreams
Summary: East Devon could be getting an exceptional new free school that embraces technology
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Does progressive teaching work?
Summary: As the tide turning against relentless tests for young children, does a more flexible learning programme represent a better route?
Doing it by the book
Summary: Why reading is so important
Category: News and views
Don’t wait – innovate: Schools must be forward-thinking, says Dr John H Newton of Taunton School
Summary: Schools and innovation
Category: Learning
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
Do the math
Summary: Head teacher KERRY BURNHAM says sixth form students with a passion for numbers will find a home at the new Exeter Mathematics School
Category: Learning
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Downturn continues to hit private education
Summary: With a dozen small independent schools having closed since January 2009, another blow hits as a further school announces it will close due to falling pupil numbers
Category: News and views
Dramatic decrease in pupil expulsion
Summary: Number of pupils expelled or suspended from schools has fallen, says government
Category: News and views
Drug use in independent schools: what’s the score?
Summary: Headlines make us believe that dealing and drug-taking are rife in schools but what is the true extent of the problem and how do private schools help pupils who fall into bad habits?
Edinburgh under-populated schools on brink of closure
Summary: Head teachers in Edinburgh are calling on councillors to close schools rather than slash education budgets
Category: News and views
Educate now, pay later?
Summary: To keep their kids in the private sector, some parents are signing up for more unsecured lending or asking for credit from schools. Find out what bursars are doing to help
Education spending cuts
Summary: Chancellor’s Budget statement reveals education spending could be as much as 25 per cent
Category: News and views
Elektrik experience: Former Bath Rugby fly half Olly Barkley’s rugby academy offers youngsters a unique sporting experience
Summary: Ex-Bath Rugby player teaches youngsters about the sport and nutrition
Category: News and views
Essential advice on school entrance
Summary: Play safe and avoid disappointment by applying to a few independent schools. Plus – have a trial run with some sample exam papers
Examining the possibilities
Summary: As his own teenage children prepare for exams, Salisbury Cathedral School’s deputy head, Andrew Lewin, wonders whether the current education system has got it right
Category: Careers
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
“Exams are getting harder”
Summary: In a controversial statement, a leading academic tells Nicola Woolcock, of The Times, why he believes that the total test that children face has got much tougher of late
Category: News and views
Exams chief to scrap GCSE targets
Summary: Exam watchdog says official targets on the number and grade of GCSE's should be scrapped.
Category: News and views
Exams system ‘almost corrupt’
Summary: England’s exam system is “almost corrupt”, claims former director of the Qualifications and Curriculum authority.
Category: News and views
Exciting new developments at Port Regis, says headmaster Benedict Dunhill
Summary: News from Port Regis
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
"Extra-curricular activities are a great leveller"
Summary: Children at private school have a vast array of activities to choose from, many of which make a difference to their day... and their development
Faith schools criticised over discrimination towards unreligious staff
Summary: Current legislation allows faith schools to take into account the staff’s religious beliefs when considering them for a job
Category: News and views
Faith schools face rewriting admissions policies
Summary: Controversial Supreme Court ruling finds Jewish school to have discriminated against a boy because his mother was not born Jewish
Category: News and views
‘Fast-track degrees’ would damage UK’s reputation
Summary: University staff have rejected ideas for a ‘two-year degree’ claiming they would affect standards and damage the reputation of UK degrees
Category: News and views
Fee freezes and a boom in bursaries
Summary: Find out how some independent schools are helping cash-strapped parents through the recession. By Dominic Miles
Category: School fees
Fifteen universities ask for A*s
Summary: Increased competition as fifteen universities ask for at least one A* for popular courses
Category: News and views
Fifth of seven year olds struggle with writing
Summary: Seven year olds are falling below expected standards in writing show figures
Category: News and views
Flying high with the best careers advice
Summary: Careers guidance has evolved to become a bespoke service in private schools that offers all the help that your child will need
Category: Careers
Free meals scheme scrapped for low-income families
Summary: Due to start in September, the scheme could have given meals to half a million low-income families
Category: News and views
From stock exchange to staffroom
Summary: Find out how two bankers have made the transition from trading into teaching
Category: Teacher zone
Get back to nature: children connect with the great outdoors at Mill on the Brue
Summary: Explore nature at Mill on the Brue
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Get paid to attend university!
Summary: Asian universities are offering five-figure bursaries, free tuition and subsidised flights in order to attract bright UK students. Nicola Woolcock, education correspondent of The Times, reports exclusively for Tom-Brown.com
Get started in art: Rosie Sharratt discovers Bath’s summer is full to bursting with inspirational education of the most artistic variety
Summary: Art education in Bath
Category: News and views
Get the Inland Revenue to ‘subsidise’ your school fees
Summary: Discover all the ways you could pay less tax and save more money for private school fees... Grandparents can benefit too
Get the most from your gap year
Summary: Doing voluntary work on a gap year can be incredibly rewarding, but it's vital to choose a reputable agency
“Getting into a good state school is like winning a ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory”
Summary: Top journalist Rosie Millard writes exclusively for Tom Brown on how clever you have to be to get into a great school
Category: News and views
Girls not aloud
Summary: Mixed sex schools are suppressing girls’ career and professional aspirations, according to a leading head teacher.
"Going to Oxford is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity"
Summary: Success story Callum Wood entered leading independent Wycliffe College on an RAF bursary, rose to become head boy and is now the first person in his family to attend university
Good habits start young: How one Bath company is helping kids get active
Summary: Go Active on their award-winning work with children
Category: News and views
Good nursery schooling boosts future earnings by £10k
Summary: Good nursery schooling boosts future earnings, says Harvard
Category: News and views
Good sports
Summary: Ken Loach and Pete Sellwood on taking Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation into schools
Category: News and views
Gove open to Atheist free schools
Summary: Atheists could create their own schools, says Education Secretary
Category: News and views
Gove orders a review of primary school exams
Summary: Concerns that the current system is undermining children’s education leads to review of primary school exams.
Category: News and views
Gove promises future school cash
Summary: Investment in school buildings in England will continue, says Education Secretary
Category: News and views
Government and teacher row over SATs continues
Summary: SATs tests are a key measure of performance claims Ed Balls, despite teachers opting for classroom based assessment
Category: News and views
Government promises more support for special needs parents
Summary: Parents have to ‘fight the system’ in order to get the help they are entitled to, says government-commissioned study
Category: News and views
Governors also warn schools against ‘rushing’ into academy status
Summary: Schools do not have the information they need and must be cautious about making the decision in becoming an academy, say governors
Category: News and views
Graduates hit by hidden cost of fees
Summary: Plans put forward by Coalition to cost Treasury billions of pounds
Category: News and views
Grammar schools warned against becoming academies
Summary: An urgent statement has been issued by The National Grammar Schools Association warning of “covert dangers” for grammar schools looking for academy status
Category: News and views
Growing pressure on teenage mothers to leave education
Summary: Pregnant teenage mothers are being forced out of education, says leading children's charity
Category: News and views
Growth spurt: This summer marks the start of a very exciting period of expansion for St Brendan’s Sixth Form College
Summary: St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is expanding...
Category: News and views
Guardians need to be there come hell or high water
Summary: By law, all children who come to study in the UK need a guardian. How do you find a person who you can trust and, if you want to become a guardian, how do you get involved?
Half of private school A-levels awarded A or A*
Summary: Half of the A-levels by private school pupils were graded A or A*, figures have shown.
Category: News and views
Happy 40th Anniversary!
Summary: Marlborough College celebrates four decades of summer school success
Headmistress (and Tom-Brown.com writer!) returns to her desk hours after giving birth
Summary: Dr Wright, head teacher of St Mary’s Calne, shows women really can have it all
Category: News and views
Head teacher earns more than Prime Minister
Summary: Trade unions are angered as head teacher to 400 pupils receives bonus of £200,000
Category: News and views
Healthcare gets five stars at private schools
Summary: Round-the-clock care is offered to children at boarding schools by highly qualified staff working in modern medical centres. Some also offer a counselling service
Heartache as pupils miss out on state secondary places
Summary: The scramble for places gets more stressful as many children face rejection from their first, second and third choice schools
Category: News and views
Help! How can I afford my child’s education?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright offers advice to parents struggling to afford a private education
Helping new starters feel at home
Summary: The first day at a new school can be an exciting but nerve-racking time for many children… and their parents. Find out what pastoral care good independent schools offer to make everyone feel welcome
Category: Pastoral care
Helping parents with empty nest syndrome
Summary: As teenagers across Britain prepare to go on gap years or leave for college, leading agony aunt Virginia Ironside offers advice on dealing with this challenging time
Category: Pastoral care
Henry Thomas, the graduate.
Summary: We talk to Henry Thomas, the former King Edward’s School student now bolstering Bath Rugby teams front row
Category: Careers
Category: News and views
He who cares wins: Exeter Cathedral School headmaster Stephen Yeo on pastoral care
Summary: Pastoral care at Exeter Cathedral School
Category: Pastoral care
Category: News and views
Hey girl, hey boy: co-educational or single sex schools?
Summary: Choosing co-educational or single sex schools
Category: Careers
Category: News and views
Home is where the... best school is
Summary: A Bath entrepreneur teams up with a national property website to help parents pick the right school for their children
Hot debate: should homework be banned?
Summary: Two teachers surprise us with their challenging views on what could mean a dramatic transformation of our educational system
Category: Teacher zone
How much does private school cost?
Summary: Find out the average costs of day and boarding schools in the UK and see what fits with your budget
Category: School fees
How schools are fighting the obesity epidemic
Summary: Find out how independent schools help to keep children healthy and prevent them from piling on the pounds. Plus, discover the secrets of success behind a weight loss camp in the Lake District
Category: Pastoral care
How to become a high-flying magazine editor
Summary: Lindsay Nicholson - who has worked on Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping - explains how she got into journalism
Category: Careers
How to cope with exam nerves
Summary: With exam season almost upon us, headteacher of St Mary's Calne, Dr Wright explains what parents can do to help
How to cope with exam stress at a distance
Summary: Dr Helen Wright explains how parents can cope with exam stress at a distance
Category: News and views
How to cope with school fees when storm clouds are gathering
Summary: If you're going through a crisis and have been hit by divorce, bereavement, business failure or serious illness help is at hand to enable your children to stay at private school
How to finance a great education
Summary: There are so many options for parents searching for affordable schooling. From the latest trend of 'down-feeing' to no-frill schools, there's always a way to save money
Category: School fees
How to get into a top school
Summary: A director of one of the UK's most successful schools tells us what they're looking for in prospective pupils
ICT lessons are a ‘turn-off’
Summary: ICT lessons are dull, say top scientists
Category: News and views
“I did magic tricks to get into medical school"
Summary: In an exclusive interview, presenter Dr Christian Jessen tells us how he got on to a top course and made his break into TV. He also mentions an 'embarrassing illness' of his own…
Category: Careers
Imagination station: Caroline Patterson from The Maynard School in Exeter on the importance of creativity in schools
Summary: Encouraging creativity in schools
Category: Learning
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
"I'm moonlighting to pay the school fees"
Summary: The economic downturn has led one tenacious professional to work nights in a restaurant to keep her daughters in private school
Independent Muslim schools under threat of closure
Summary: According to the Association of Muslim Schools, many independent Islamic institutions in England are in serious financial difficulty
Category: News and views
Independent schools launch attack on Government interference
Summary: The Government interferes too much on how we are run and what we teach, says private schools
Category: News and views
Independent schools top GCSE tables
Summary: Following last week’s superb A-level results, private schools have increased their lead over the state sector
Category: News and views
Independent schools will bounce back from recession...
Summary: ... but fee increases must be curtailed, according to the latest research
Category: News and views
Independents' day: choosing between state or private
Summary: Torn between state or independent education? Mandy Ley-Morgan of All Hallows Preparatory School shows us what they have to offer
Category: News and views
In praise of learning: Sarah Rickett talks about Salisbury Cathedral's work with schoolchildren
Summary: The director of learning and outreach at Salisbury Cathedral talks about how the Cathedral works with kids
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
In search of independence: how to fund your child's education
Summary: A guide to bursaries and scholarships
Category: School fees
Category: News and views
Inspiring young people to achieve
Summary: Sergeant ED LOW on why Bath Army Cadet Force needs you...
Category: Careers
Integrating schools into the local community: Schools have to reach out to the society around them, writes Tim Waters, headmaster of Trinity School in Teignmouth
Summary: Schools and their local community
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
International Day of the Girl
Summary: St Mary's students march to support girls' education
Category: News and views
Into the sixth
Summary: Ralph Allen looks back on a successful year for the school’s sixth form
Category: News and views
Into the woods: venture into the great outdoors with King Edward's School
Summary: King Edward's pupils get connected with nature
Category: News and views
Introducing: BAMM:
Summary: The region’s first dedicated make-up school offering elite industry training is in Bath
Category: Careers
Introduction to Developmental Movement: Improving learning, balance and coordination
Summary: Join Mary Mountstephen, author of Meeting Special Needs: Dyspraxia and Neuro-Developmental Delay on Friday 4 June for an introduction to Developmental Movement: Improving learning, balance and coordination
Category: Learning
ISC reports rise in pupil numbers at private schools
Summary: The Independent Schools Council says private school numbers are holding up... but what will happen in September?
Category: News and views
“I see ADHD as a gift"
Summary: Find out how actor Ross Davidson manages his ADHD
Is there a lack of male role models in primary school education?
Summary: The reduction in the number of men working as primary school teachers is resulting in concerns over the lack of positive male role models in the classroom
Category: Pastoral care
It's showtime! We talk to Edith Thornton about Stagecoach Salisbury
Summary: We talk to Edith Thornton about Stagecoach Salisbury
Category: News and views
James Murphy-O'Connor is headmaster of Prior Park College
Summary: Mastermind
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Joining the scrum
Summary: Abigail Leighton-Boyce reveals how Bicton College has scored a try with its exciting new rugby collaboration with the Exeter Chiefs.
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Keeping the faith: Mark Neale of Emmanuel School in Exeter discusses faith schools’ place in our society
Summary: Faith schools’ place in today's society
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Kids that play hard ‘do better in exams’
Summary: Research from independent schools highlights a link between extra-curricular activities and improved academic performance
Kingswood school in Bath record single and album for Children in Need
Summary: Talented young musicians record two Beatles' tracks for charity CD and star in pop video with legendary musicians
Category: News and views
Labour promises parents more say on schools
Summary: PM pledges parents a vote on whether struggling schools in England should be run by a different organisation
Category: News and views
Laptop scheme is rebooted
Summary: Less privileged pupils are to be given free laptops according to the government’s Home Access scheme, first announced a year ago by Gordon Brown
Category: News and views
Launch of independent school home exchange club
Summary: Offering parents and alumni of independent schools the chance to save on the cost of holidays and raise money towards their school’s fundraising programmes.
Category: News and views
League tables – the truth behind the headlines
Summary: The exam results for 2008 imply that grammar schools are trouncing the competition, but can it really be as simple as that? Get to the true story with our expert advice
Category: News and views
League tables to be published despite SATs boycott
Summary: Government still plans to release league tables, despite SATs boycott
Category: News and views
Learning in the great outdoors
Summary: Blundell’s Prep School head ANDY SOUTHGATE on alfresco education
Category: Learning
“Left, right. Left, right. March!” Brown wants the Armed Forces to run state academies
Summary: In an attempt to boost discipline in the classroom, the government is pioneering military academies. Will this lead to boot camp mentality?
Category: News and views
Location, location...education? Finding a great school in a new area
Summary: Julia Acklam offers her expertise on choosing a new school
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
Looking beyond SATs
Summary: In September 2011 we introduced the Rose Hill Westonbirt Diploma at our school. This came out of our belief that SATs at age 11 are fundamentally flawed – they do not truly reflect the broad and balanced curriculum which we offer, they no longer cover science or any practical work and only single levels are awarded to pupils.
Category: Teachers' Blog
Lords of the dance
Summary: Students from King Edward’s School in Bath are picked to perform in Matthew Bourne’s latest inspired dance theatre production
Category: Learning
Category: Press
Category: News and views
Making the choice
Summary: LOUISE WHETSTONE, headmistress of Rookwood School, explains everything you need to know about GCSE options.
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Manchester Grammar School expels the GCSE
Summary: Another top independent joins the ranks of schools adopting tougher tests
Category: News and views
Mastermind: Head of Bath Academy Tim Naylor on the tailored experience the academy can offer its students
Summary: An interview with the head of Bath Academy
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Meet Caroline Bateson, headmistress of Redland High School for Girls
Summary: We chat to the headmistress of Redland High School for Girls
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Dr Alison Neill, head of Clifton High School
Summary: An interview with the head of Clifton High School
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Iain Kilpatrick – Headmaster of Sidcot
Summary: Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick talks about life at Sidcot
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Isabel Tobias, headmistress of The Red Maids’ School
Summary: In interview with the head of The Red Maids' School
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
Meet Mark Brain, headmaster of Stonar Prep School
Summary: We chat to the head of Stonar Prep School
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Mark Moore, headmaster of the Upper School at Clifton College
Summary: We find out what it's like being headmaster of Clifton College
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Mr Rod MacKinnon, headmaster of Bristol Grammar School
Summary: An interview with the head of Bristol Grammar School
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
Meet Mrs Gilly Rowcliffe, head teacher at The Red Maids’ Junior School
Summary: An interview with the head of The Red Maids' Junior School
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Pastoral care
Category: News and views
Meet Mrs Rebecca Tear, headmistress of Badminton Senior School
Summary: We chat to the headmistress of Badminton School
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet Stephen Holliday, Headmaster at QEH
Summary: An interview with the headmaster of Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Meet the new Billy Elliot
Summary: Find out what it’s like to become a West End star at the age of 12, as we catch up with independent schoolboy and all-singing and dancing sensation, Ollie Gardner
Michael Gove says education is about freedom
Summary: In an exclusive interview for Tom-Brown.com, the shadow Schools Secretary reveals his vision for transforming the educational future of our children
Category: Careers
More faith schools to be opened
Summary: The new coalition government has pledged a sweeping reform of the education system, with more faith schools to open
Category: News and views
More financial support for the white working class
Summary: The National Union of Teachers has argued for more cash to be coupled with poverty levels, not race
Category: News and views
More schools failing Ofsted
Summary: 50 per cent of schools inspected in autumn were found to be simply satisfactory or inadequate, says Ofsted report
Category: News and views
More schools rated ‘weak’ by Ofsted
Summary: More schools have been rated weak compared with recent years in the most recent Ofsted report
Category: News and views
More school trips needed for children
Summary: Children spend too much time in the classroom and not enough time on school trips, says report
Category: News and views
More than A-levels
Summary: Exeter School deputy head Martin Hughes asks, are A-levels are enough?
More than good grades
Summary: Chafyn Grove’s headmaster, Eddy Newton, discusses how a complete education extends beyond the academic curriculum
Category: Learning
Moving forward
Summary: Mary Mountstephen explains why nursery schools need to be providing more opportunities for exploration and physical activity to improve learning, language and behaviour among pre-schoolers
Category: Learning
"My son has dyslexia and his state school let him down"
Summary: Follow the story of a Newcastle couple who looked to an independent school for a solution
New graduates’ ‘fears for careers’
Summary: Students fear that last year’s graduates will take up this year’s vacancies, says survey
Category: News and views
Next step for Stonar
Summary: The Wiltshire school reveals plans to become a co-educational facility as of 2016
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Nurturing novices: how Exeter Academy helps foreign students improve their English
Summary: Learn English at Exeter Academy
Category: Learning
Ofqual say Science GCSEs are not 'tough enough'
Summary: Science GCSEs were not as difficult as expected, say Exam watchdog Ofqual
Category: News and views
Ofsted claim bad teachers are not an “absolute disaster”
Summary: It’s a good lesson in life if children can cope with one bad teacher, says Chairman of Ofsted
Category: News and views
One-in-ten British children have mental health issues
Summary: This is one of the findings of an alarming new report into the happiness and welfare of children in Britain today
Category: News and views
One in twelve awarded A* grade
Summary: Record breaking A-Level results as one in twelve exams awarded A* grade
Category: News and views
On the plus side
Summary: A local mentoring charity gains a new director and continues its great work at local schools
Category: Pastoral care
Category: News and views
Open days: the essential questions to ask
Summary: If you’re visiting independent schools for the first time, don’t leave home without our essential checklist of questions
Outdoor Learning at Farley Nursery School
Summary: Farley Nursery School's Outdoor Learning activities
Category: Pastoral care
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
‘Overwhelming’ response to academy invite
Summary: Level of interest is ‘overwhelming’, as more than 1,000 schools in England show interest in Gove’s invitation become an academy
Category: News and views
Oxbridge still falling short of state-educated admittance benchmark
Summary: Oxford and Cambridge universities have increased the proportion of state school pupils they take on, but are still falling short of the benchmark
Category: News and views
Parent plans for new secondary school rejected
Summary: Initiative to share the budget with the local organisation of schools is not viable, says Ed Balls
Category: News and views
Parent power is landing schools in court
Summary: The Times education correspondent Nicola Woolcock reports on the growing belligerence among dissatisfied parents
Category: News and views
Parents and teachers blast MP over dyslexia debate
Summary: MP Graham Stringer's recent remarks regarding dyslexia have prompted a storm of controversy. We asked parents, teachers and experts for their views
Category: News and views
Parents call for more grammar schools
Summary: Majority of adult voters support the build of new grammar schools, says survey
Category: News and views
Parents’ election votes influenced by education policies
Summary: The majority of parents will be influenced by proposed party policies on education, says recent survey
Category: Learning
Parents hit as fees firm goes bust
Summary: A company that enables parents to pay school fees by direct debit has gone into administration, leaving thousands of people in financial dire straights
Category: News and views
Parents hit via charity ruling on private schools
Summary: Fees could rise further as the Charity Commission fails to find that some independent schools justify their charitable status
Category: News and views
Parents want public services to be more family friendly
Summary: Majority of adults insist on more family friendly public services, according to recent survey
Category: News and views
“Patchy” careers advice leads to new government initiative
Summary: Careers advice in England has been described as patchy and inconsistent, leading to new initative of the Careers Profession Taskforce
Category: News and views
PEP up your life: We talk to PEP facilitator Anthea Gill about unblocking obstacles to learning
Summary: How PEP makes learning easier
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Plans to rebuild 75 schools scaled back
Summary: Rebuilding of schools is scaled back by Education Secretary
Category: News and views
Plan to ditch A-level re-sits
Summary: Ministers claim re-sits should be ditched as they undermine GCSE’s and A-levels
Category: News and views
Playground building schemes axed
Summary: Hundreds of community playground schemes cut back
Category: News and views
Port Regis
Summary: Benedict Dunhill talks about Port Regis’ exciting developments for the new academic year
Category: News and views
Port Regis School: a Q&A with headmaster Benedict Dunhill
Summary: Benedict Dunhill, headmaster of Port Regis Prep School, answers a range of questions that reveal the workings and values of the school…
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Positive signs
Summary: Exeter Deaf Academy’s head of school Keith Stevens reflects on his fascinating first year
Category: Teacher zone
Positive signs: Exeter Deaf Academy’s head of school Keith Stevens reflects on his fascinating first year
Summary: Keith Stevens on his first year at Exeter Deaf Academy
Prep schools: access and exercise
Summary: Eddy Newton, headmaster of Chafyn Grove School and chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) considers the accessibility of private schools and their emphasis on physical education
Category: Teacher zone
Category: News and views
Pre-university skills course introduced
Summary: A pre-university skills course has been introduced in Norfolk to bridge the skills gap between school and higher education.
Category: News and views
Primary head teachers to boycott SATs
Summary: The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) have confirmed that the majority of head teachers will boycott national tests
Category: News and views
Primary schools to offer only halal meat
Summary: Halal-only meat option for 52 primary schools, says council
Category: News and views
Private or state school for our baby?
Summary: Two new parents from Newcastle weigh up the pros and cons of the state and private sector... What decision will they come to?
Private school admissions tests overhauled
Summary: Scrap traditional entrance exams - it destroys children’s capacity for independent thought, say private schools
Category: News and views
Private school charity rules face legal review
Summary: Private schools no longer forced to provide free places to poorer students
Category: News and views
Private school monopoly on Russell Group Univesities
Summary: Private school pupils more likely to get into best universities, says study
Category: News and views
"Private schools can't be the preserve of the privileged"
Summary: A headmistress makes a stark warning that the credit crunch could drive families with modest incomes away from private education, damaging their social mix. Nicola Woolcock, of The Times, reports
Category: News and views
Private Schools dominate top A-level grades
Summary: Private school teenagers three times at likely to gain all A’s at A-level.
Category: News and views
Private schools offer lifeline to bullied Olympic diver
Summary: After suffering bullying at school, and threats of having his 'legs broken', Olympic diver Tom Daley has been offered places by leading independents
Category: News and views
Private schools spurn trendy subjects for tougher courses
Summary: Discover how independent schools are challenging the National Curriculum to create a more stimulating syllabus
“Private tuition can lift a C grade to an A”
Summary: If your child needs help in a subject, then just an hour a week of personal tuition can make a huge difference. Read the views of both a tutor and a parent
Providing a virtual lifeline
Summary: Head of Wycliffe Margie Burnet Ward speaks to Katrina Stanton about how investing ICT is to the benefit to all
Category: Learning
Puberty... at the age of three
Summary: Early onset puberty is an increasing problem in the UK and scientific research points to obesity as a key factor
Pupil numbers at private schools are falling
Summary: Independent school pupil numbers have drastically fallen, says recent census
Category: News and views
Pushy parents spending a fortune on nativity costumes
Summary: Parents are spending as much as £150 on “manger chic” to make their kids stand out according to leading department store Debenhams
Category: News and views
Rebecca Dougall MA is head of The Royal High School Bath
Summary: We chat to headmistress Rebecca...
Category: News and views
Category: Teacher zone
Record A-level passes at private schools
Summary: More than a third of independent school children are awarded three As at A-level this year
Category: News and views
Record applications for university
Summary: The economic downturn is encouraging more people than ever to apply for UK universities, but a shortfall of 50,000 places is making it tougher to be successful
Record numbers register at leading schools
Summary: High profile schools may be strengthening, but heads are expressing concern over the future of preps and smaller schools
Category: News and views
Religious studies are ‘inadequate’ in nearly 200 schools
Summary: Study suggests teachers lack training and are unsure what the subject is trying to achieve, says Ofsted
Category: News and views
Reshape the curriculum
Summary: Noel Neeson, head of St Peter’s School, Lympstone, on its new approach
Category: News and views
Rise in teenagers going to private sixth forms
Summary: Teenagers turn to private sixth forms to secure university entry, suggest figures
Category: News and views
Rising through the ranks: Bath Rugby’s Guy Mercer talks about extending his contract at the club, and happy memories at KES with Rosie Sharratt
Summary: Rising through the ranks
Category: News and views
Rock n' roll can help slow learners
Summary: Children with developmental problems are benefiting from a new programme that involves 10-15 minutes a day of rocking, rolling, gliding and crawling
Running fit to cope with recession
Summary: Some schools are putting capital projects on hold, but others are taking advantage of good rates for building work. Nicola Woolcock, of The Times, sees intriguing signs of the 'health' of schools
Category: News and views
Sats scrapped at Key Stage 3: will they soon be abolished totally?
Summary: Many parents, pupils and teachers hope that Ed Balls' decision will mark the beginning of the end of an unpopular and stressful system for young children
Category: News and views
Schoolchildren can't squeeze into their chairs
Summary: As children get bigger and taller, outdated furniture sizes could lead to posture and back problems
Category: News and views
School counsellors can offer a lifeline
Summary: Some of the UK's best independent schools offer the service of a counsellor - someone children can go to confidentially to discuss anything that's troubling them
Category: Pastoral care
School fee increases set to fall through recession
Summary: As a leading economist warns the private sector of a mega-recession, schools react by introducing much lower fee increases of less than four per cent
Category: News and views
School libraries a “wasted resource”
Summary: School libraries are a “wasted resource”, says School Library Commission report.
Category: News and views
School meals help fussy children
Summary: School meals help fussy children try new foods, suggests survey
Category: News and views
School of thought
Summary: Bath Life takes a tour of the Royal High School junior girls’ new domain, Cranwell House
Category: News and views
Schools accused of ‘hoarding’ cash
Summary: Almost half a £billion is held in ‘excessive balances’ by individual schools, says government
Category: News and views
Schools go ahead with exams, despite bad weather
Summary: Ed Balls urges schools to remain open today despite the continuing conditions that mean some pupils could not get into schools to take important exams.
Category: News and views
Schools invited to become academies
Summary: Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is inviting all state schools in England to apply to become academies
Category: News and views
Schools ‘reluctant’ to push brightest pupils
Summary: State schools are failing the brightest pupils because of “huge reluctance” to promote academic excellence, according to a leading head teacher.
Schoolstrader.com
Summary: Schoolstrader has a vibrant independent section covering most independent schools across the UK...
Category: News and views
School with no pupils stays open
Summary: Carmarthenshire primary school stays open, despite no pupils
Category: News and views
School without walls
Summary: The Rt Hon David Laws, Minister of State for Schools visits the egg theatre in Bath to find out more about a forward-thinking local educational project
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Science GCSEs rejected in favour of ‘easier subjects’
Summary: Growing numbers of teenagers are deserting traditional GCSEs due to alternative qualifications providing an easier route to good grades, says report
Category: News and views
Sculpting education
Summary: Renowned artist Ian Marlow joins All Hallows School as artist-in-residence, to mark the school’s 75th anniversary
Category: News and views
Shopping around to find the right school
Summary: Find out how to make the right decision on your child's education with expert advice from a school admissions officer who is also a mum
Show us your skills!
Summary: Stonar Prep School’s life skills week is a resounding success, and the proof is in the pupils, says headmaster MARK BRAIN
Single sex or co-ed school?
Summary: Vicky Tuck, principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, and Tim Waters, head of co-ed Trinity School in Devon, spark off a debate
Sing when you’re winning: how Jess Clayton developed her passion for music at school
Summary: We asked rising music star Jess where she believes her passion for music began and how this interest developed during her education
Category: News and views
Skills for life
Summary: JANE GANDEE, headmistress of St Swithun’s School in Winchester explains why weekly boarding makes perfect sense
Category: School fees
Category: Pastoral care
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
Snow forces thousands of schools to close
Summary: Children are having an unexpected extended Christmas holiday this week due to dangerous weather conditions
Category: News and views
Social networking ‘most important thing’ for girls
Summary: Girls identify Facebook to be one of the most important things in their lives, says survey
Category: News and views
Sport Matters
Summary: A group of The Paragon’s most athletic parents gather to put the importance of school sport under the spotlight
Category: News and views
"Sport provides lessons in life that the classroom doesn't"
Summary: Many important skills are learnt on the court, field or river
STARTER FOR TEN
Summary: Yes, it’s that time of year again. The gruelling Ten Tors is around the corner. We asked one plucky participant for the lowdown…
Category: News and views
State schools go IGCSE
Summary: State schools sign up for International GCSEs
Category: News and views
State schools ‘should take tips from the private sector’
Summary: Top Headmaster suggests that state schools implement house systems to instil discipline
Category: News and views
State schools to offer IGCSEs
Summary: Coalition government’s changes to allow International GCSE are ‘neanderthal’, say ATL teachers’ union
Category: News and views
St Brendan's Sixth Form College: stepping stone to university
Summary: St Brendan’s really stands out when it comes to sixth form education
Category: News and views
Stonar Prep School’s life skills week is a resounding success, and the proof is in the pupils, says headmaster Mark Brain
Summary: Learning life skills
Category: News and views
Students ‘short-changed’ in history lessons
Summary: Students ‘short-changed’ in history lessons as key swathes of the past not covered in the curriculum.
Category: News and views
Summer Activities
Summary: Need some ideas to entertain the terrors this summer? Keep your children endlessly entertained by trying out Tom-Brown.com approved summer activities
Summer fun: days out for all the family
Summary: From carnivals to craft days, duck races to Darwin extravaganzas, there are so many exciting events taking place this summer to keep your kids entertained. Many of them are free
Summer lovin'
Summary: ROSIE SHARRATT discovers the summer course with something for everyone.
Category: News and views
Tackling homophobic bullying at school
Summary: If your child is suffering the effects of prejudice, there is help and support available to overcome it
Tackling the talent
Summary: Two of Bath's rugby talents speak to us about their private school days, aspirations, hotspots and WAGS!
Category: News and views
Take my girls out of private school? I’d rather starve, says desperate mum
Summary: Mother determinedly sends children to private school, despite increasing debts
Category: News and views
Teachers can confiscate mephedrone
Summary: Teachers have permission to seize the drug mephedrone, says Schools Minister
Category: News and views
Teaching little learners: Yvonne Mackey from St Wilfrid’s School in Exeter talks about the school's new Montessori unit
Summary: An innovative approach to teaching young children
Category: News and views
Teen Style Guide
Summary: Teenagers usually want to feel they fit in with their friends and peer groups and feel accepted by them.
Test your skills with exam past papers
Summary: Beat exam nerves by having a trial run with a past paper. We've got recent GCSE Maths and English papers that you can download to test your skills...
The beauty of choosing a rural school
Summary: Ian Davenport, headmaster of prestigious Blundell's school in Devon, explains why he thinks the countryside offers the stability and tranquillity that children need
The benefits of boarding: Gareth Doodes, headmaster of Milton Abbey School on why it's good to board
Summary: Gareth Doodes talks about boarding schools
Category: News and views
The Daily Telegraph runs lead story on Tom-Brown.com
Summary: Our exclusive survey of headteachers and their plans to manage during the recession has hit the headlines
Category: News and views
“The discipline is so good in faith schools”
Summary: The last decade has seen a huge growth in faith schools in the state sector, many of which have great reputations. What are the advantages that set them apart?
The early years
Summary: HANNAH GUINNESS chats to the head of Godolphin Prep School and discovers the benefits of attending a larger institution
The essence of a school
Summary: Mary Henderson, Headmistress of Westonbirt School on the essence of a school.
Category: Teachers' Blog
The future’s bright
Summary: The much improved Bath Community Academy receives a special visit
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
The good schools effect
Summary: Research reveals property values more resilient in areas with good schools
Category: News and views
The Graduate, Amy Lyddon
Summary: We catch up with classical singer and former Royal High School student, AMY LYDDON
Category: Careers
The graduate, Daniel Williams
Summary: Entrepreneur DANIEL WILLIAMS on life at Ralph Allen School and starting a business to raise awareness of visual impairment
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
The Graduate, Lizzie Stables
Summary: We chat to Bath-born former Royal High School student and Inbetweeners actress LIZZIE STABLES, as she brings her new play to the city next month.
Category: News and views
The Graduate, Ollie Middleton
Summary: We chat to OLLIE MIDDLETON – the Bath Labour candidate now hoping to become parliament’s youngest ever member – about life-shaping experiences at Calder House and Ralph Allen.
Category: News and views
Category: Careers
The Graduate, Rosie Holt
Summary: We talk to former Prior Park student Rosie Holt, who returns to Bath with her debut comedy show
The Great Outdoors
Summary: Headmaster of Rose Hill Westonbirt Prep School, Neil Shaw, on the benefits of learning outside the classroom.
Category: Teachers' Blog
The 'happy child' philosophy
Summary: How one school is integrating learning with the great outdoors
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
The moment Christmas begins: creating festive memories through timeless school traditions
Summary: Louise Whetstone, headmistress of Rookwood School in Andover, reflects on the importance of creating lasting Christmas memories through timeless school traditions
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Teachers' Blog
Category: News and views
The new headmaster of Taunton Prep School, Duncan Sinclair, writes about ‘the school family’
Summary: Duncan Sinclair on Taunton Prep School
Category: Pastoral care
Category: News and views
The official party line: The new classroom policy of Kingswood Prep School's headmaster has divided parents in Bath and beyond
Summary: Mark Brearey explains his decision
Category: Teacher zone
Category: Press
Category: News and views
There are many compelling reasons to send your child to an independent school, writes Leo Lyons
Summary: Choosing an independent school for your child
Category: School fees
Category: News and views
“There is life after expulsion”
Summary: If your child is expelled from school it may feel as though the house has come crashing down upon you. Headteachers are sympathetic, though, and prepared to offer a second chance, discovers Rosa Ingram
The Royal High is 150!
Summary: 2015 is shaping up to be a jam-packed year of celebration for pupils, staff, alumni and parents at this long-standing Bath school.
Category: News and views
Category: Press
The Royal seal of approval
Summary: HRH The Earl of Wessex officially launches two new projects at the University of Bath and King Edward’s School.
Category: News and views
The smart new way to make your second home pay... exchange!
Summary: Learn about a smart new way to make your second home pay with www.homes-club.com
Category: News and views
The steps from nursery to university
Summary: Understanding the tiers of the independent school system in the UK is easy with our guide. It shows when your child can join a new school and what you can expect to pay at each point
The time bomb that is science in British schools
Summary: With girls falling behind boys in science and fewer children choosing to study GCSE physics in the UK, where are the engineers of the future to come from? Gail Dixon reports
Category: Learning
“The trip gave us a true sense of Peruvian life”
Summary: Ellina Astakhova, a student at independent Southbank International School, was amazed and inspired by South America, which she visited as part of her International Baccalaureate course
The X Factor meets The Apprentice at Sherborne Girls
Summary: Find out how girls at this West Country independent performed, recorded and marketed a five-track CD in an exciting new entrepreneurial venture. By Katrina Stanton
This sporting life
Summary: With a proven link between good grades and physical activity, there is mounting pressure on schools to maximise the opportunity for sports
To board or not to board? That is the question
Summary: Boarding school is a great opportunity for some children, and offers the chance to make friendships for life, but it may not suit all. Find out if it's right for your family
Toby Nutt cracks Stonar
Summary: ROSIE SHARRATT meets the first man to take the helm as headmaster of one of the country’s leading private schools
Category: News and views
“Together we can beat cyber bullying”
Summary: A third of children have suffered online abuse. Help is at hand, though, from an inspiring young army of ‘CyberMentors’
Tom-brown.com favourite puds survey hits the headlines
Summary: Our survey of the nation's sweetest memories of schooldays has popped up widely in the press
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown.com launches brand-new search function for parents
Summary: This December Tom-Brown.com has launched a new search function to locate thousands of private schools
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown.com named best website ever created
Summary: Millions of people around the world have voted Tom-Brown.com the best, prettiest and most friendly website thy have ever used
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown.com reveals heads' exclusive plans to weather the recession
Summary: More than 60 per cent of independent schools will make more bursaries available as schools see a 90 per cent increase in parents asking for financial support
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown.com, we’re in Vogue
Summary: Just as finding the right house in the right place requires research, Vogue recommends Tom-Brown.com to assist parents in finding the right school for their child
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown luxury holiday competition winner
Summary: Find out who has won a family holiday at a beautiful UK hotel
Category: News and views
Tom-Brown reviewed by The Great Website Guide
Summary: Tom-Brown is named an excellent educational website by www.greatwebsiteguide.com
Category: News and views
Tomorrow’s technology for today’s children
Summary: Pupils at Heywood Prep benefit from a complete IT overhaul and a fantastic new gadget
Category: News and views
Top 10 reasons to choose the International Baccalaureate
Summary: Find out why pupils, parents, schools and universities love this course
Category: Learning
Top 10 revision tactics
Summary: Exam fever is hotting up. Follow our revision planner guide and you’ll not only cope but conquer, says teacher Matt Henderson
Top 10 ways to conquer clearing
Summary: With university applications up hugely this year, anyone who gets a place through clearing has to be good… very good. Follow our tips on how to sell yourself and work the system to your advantage
Top Ten Easter Activities
Summary: Trying to entertain your little terrors this Easter? Sophie Hutchings finds some egg-sellent activities for you to try...
Top ten reasons to choose an independent school
Summary: Don’t join the panic over state school places – a private school could be the perfect choice, especially at secondary level. There’s a huge amount of financial help available, too
To tutor, or not to tutor?
Summary: Once teacher, examiner, manager and private investigator Darren Sargent explains to Katrina Stanton why he made the transition into tutoring, and why parents should always plan ahead
Category: Learning
Try your hardest
Summary: Chafyn Grove’s headmaster Eddy Newton on the value of perseverance
Category: News and views
UK schools fall in global ranking
Summary: Major survey shows UK pupils have slipped down the global league table in reading, maths and science.
Category: News and views
Unhappy family damaging to children’s well-being
Summary: Family arguments are damaging for children, says recent study by Children’s Society
Category: News and views
Uniform is not a panacea for problems
Summary: In response to Dr Helen Wright's article on Tom-Brown.com, Alistair Brownlow, co-principal of Rochester Independent College, tells us why he thinks school uniform stifles children's individuality
Category: News and views
Unions launch campaign to reform SATs
Summary: SATs tests are stressful and demotivating, say teachers
Category: News and views
Universities face huge cuts in funding
Summary: Lecturers stage walk-out across England as universities face millions of pounds loss in funding cuts
Category: News and views
Urgent action wanted by head teachers on legal drug
Summary: Shock death of two teenagers calls for urgent action over the legal drug mephedrone, says schools
Category: News and views
Watch this space
Summary: Prior Park College embarks on a major revamp project and welcomes Sir Christopher Frayling to open the first installment.
Category: Press
Category: Careers
Category: News and views
"We offer fee support to 97 per cent of pupils"
Summary: Discover more about Christ's Hospital - the inspiring Sussex school that opens up a world of opportunity for disadvantaged children
Category: School fees
"We've relocated from Washington to Wimbledon – how do we find a good school?"
Summary: It’s tough choosing a school, especially when you’re moving to Britain from overseas. Trish Brandt’s experience proves that a careful and systematic approach can pay dividends…
What can we do about grade inflation?
Summary: Education experts, including Professor Chris Woodhead, tell us how they think the current system should be revamped
What makes a girl: Westonbirt School is introducing ground-breaking new initiatives
Summary: Westonbirt School on their new plans for pupils
Category: Pastoral care
Category: Careers
Category: Learning
Category: News and views
What makes a great leader?
Summary: What makes people like Barack Obama inspire trust and loyalty in others? Vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Glynis M Breakwell writes exclusively for Tom-Brown.com on leadership skills
Category: Careers
When should I get a Tutor for my child?
Summary: All parents want to know that their child is realising the very best of their academic potential. Dr Wright explains when parents should get a tutor for their child
Category: Learning
"Why I moved from state to private school"
Summary: Lin Ashfield loves teaching the pupils in her new school and has never looked back
Category: Teacher zone
Why is music important in school?
Summary: Dr Helen Wright finds out how hit American series Glee suggests that music in schools these days are a far cry from the uninspiring lessons of days gone by
Category: Learning
Why isn’t the obesity message getting through?
Summary: Nine out of ten adults will be obese by 2050, so what can parents do to help overweight children?
Why private school is the best way for us
Summary: We talk to four families who have chosen the private sector, for very different reasons
Why school uniform rules!
Summary: Dr Helen Wright, headteacher of leading boarding school St Mary’s, Calne, writes exclusively for Tom-Brown.com on why she believes that, far from being inhibiting, school uniform creates a sense of identity that children need
Category: News and views
Widening opportunity
Summary: Milton Abbey’s headmaster explains how the school is doing its best 
to ensure that an independent school education remains accessible 
for as wide an audience as possible
Category: School fees
Wiltshire head wins top national award
Summary: Head of leading Wiltshire girls’ school, and Tom-Brown.com writer, Dr Helen Wright is named Best Head of the Year at the annual Tatler School Awards
Category: News and views
Young, gifted and talented
Summary: Bright children need supportive schools, says YVONNE MACKEY, senior teacher at St Wilfrid’s, Exeter
Category: Learning
Category: News and views

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