• Private schools group branded 'insensitive' over partnership with debt collection agency

    A new “partnership” between an organisation representing more than 500 private schools and a debt collection agency could result in hard-up parents being “hounded” for unpaid fees during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Independent Schools Association (ISA) announced this week that Frontline Collections has become a “gold preferred supplier” to its members. It will seek to

    7.00 Oct. 16th, 2020 | News

  • A-level results 2020: Private schools see biggest boost in top grades

    Top A-level grades have increased more at private schools than any other type of school and college this year. Analysis from exams regulator Ofqual found 48.6 per cent of private school pupils attained an A* or A this year – an increase of 4.7 percentage points.  In comparison, secondary comprehensive schools saw an increase of

    12.36 Aug. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Private school closures will put pressure on state

    The closure of private schools unable to weather the economic hit from Covid-19 will put more pressure on state schools as they welcome back additional pupils while social distancing. Two long-standing prep schools announced this week they would close permanently. One, the 180-year-old Ashdown House Preparatory School in Sussex, is an alma mater of prime

    15.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Profile: Professor James Tooley

    James Tooley’s vision of no-frills private schools is now a reality in England. How afraid should the state sector be? John Dickens finds out “If I were a highly qualified teacher working in a publicly funded school… I would be afraid of him. Very afraid.” So concluded a 2013 interview with Professor James Tooley. That

    5.01 Mar. 9th, 2020 | Features

  • The 4 schools policies in Angela Rayner's Labour conference speech

    Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, has addressed the Labour Party conference in Brighton. In a short speech, Rayner announced a number of policies that her party will enact if it wins power in a forthcoming general election. Here are the schools policies she announced.   1. Integration of private schools – but no commitment

    10.58 Sep. 22nd, 2019 | LPC, News, Politics

  • Private school caps value of Christmas gifts for teachers

    A prestigious private girls’ school has written to parents urging them to cap the value of Christmas gifts for teachers to avoid “awkward” situations. St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which charges £16,470 a year, has warned parents that its policy on giving and receiving gifts sets out a “number of restrictions”

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Independent Schools Inspectorate raises fees after two-year loss

    The main inspectorate for private schools has hiked its fees by 12 per cent after operating at a loss for the past two years. The Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), which inspects about 1,000 larger private schools, posted an operating loss of £441,000 last year, following a £498,000 loss in 2016. The losses have contributed to

    7.00 Nov. 12th, 2018 | News

  • DfE releases guide to partnerships with universities and private schools

    The Department for Education has published guidance and case studies aimed at encouraging more partnerships between state schools, universities and the independent school sector. The documents include a guide to setting up partnerships and how to write a “memorandum of understanding” outlining the terms of a common plan of action. They also feature examples of

    17.53 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Warning notices issued to 148 private schools

    The government has issued warning notices to almost 150 private schools in the last 12 months, with two schools failing to meet standards in all eight categories they are inspected on. The Department for Education published the warning notices for the first time in February, more than two years after a Schools Week campaign first

    7.00 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • On notice: 27 private schools warned by DfE

    The government has made public 27 warning notices issued to private schools that failed to meet its independent school standards. Schools Week senior reporter Alix Robertson took an in-depth look at the documents. Religious schools: From the sublime to the ridiculous Gender segregation, narrow curriculums and failures to prepare pupils for life in British society

    7.00 May. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Safeguarding, fire safety and segregation: DfE releases 27 new private school warning notices

    The government has published the latest batch of warning notices issued to underperforming private schools. Among other transgressions, it found two schools where boys and girls were treated differently enough to affect their personal development, as well as failure to comply with fire safety regulations, and a room used by a special school to calm

    13.33 Apr. 27th, 2018 | News