• 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

  • No-frills private school delayed AGAIN

    England’s first “low-cost” private school has apologised for delaying its opening date a second time, after the government told it to improve the site proposed for its location. The Independent Grammar School: Durham was due to open in September, offering parents a “traditional private education” without the “frills” for just £52 a week. However, with

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Private schools to face further hike in inspection fees

    Plans to hike the fees small private schools must pay Ofsted are just the start of a programme of increased costs, according to a leading civil servant. Last month, non-association private schools reacted unhappily when the inspectorate announced it would consult on increasing what it charges to inspect them. Some could face paying £3,800 more

    5.00 Nov. 17th, 2017 | News