Tag Archives: private education

Growing Pains; how a brilliant primary school programme becomes a victim of success

So Michael Gove is sending his daughter to a Westminster comprehensive. As a measure of how small inner London is, in distances if not population, it’s the school attended by the older sister of a child in my son’s class. … Continue reading

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Is it me or the system?

If, in public discourse, state benefit claimants are all free-loading scroungers, how long before the same applies to those who “claim” free, state education for our kids? This is topical this week, following a £33,000 a year public school head’s … Continue reading

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Adult Supervision: On mixed-race parenting

The subject matter of this new play ticks all my boxes; middle-class motherhood, parenting styles, urban primary schools and most of all Race. I was tipped off about it just too late to see it, but have since acquired and … Continue reading

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Making Political Personal: how private schools divide

“I saw Carrie yesterday,” announced my partner. “She’s still on maternity leave, but the baby’s almost a year now and she’s going back to work next week. She asked after you.” Carrie – not her real name – was my … Continue reading

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Scarred For Life

Had a brush with celebrity last week; bought myself a rare theatre ticket to a West End adaptation of ex Labour MP Chris Mullin’s political diaries “A Walk On Part” and guess who was taking questions on stage beforehand? The … Continue reading

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Invest in scrubbers? You can’t be serious!

There’s something very disingenuous about this article – or is it just plain deceitfulness? Here’s the headmaster of a top fee-paying school lamenting the fact that his fellow-private sector colleagues won’t do more to support the state education sector in … Continue reading

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Middle-class mixed-race kids only please

The problem here is that the problem is so enormous. Of course, Fiona Millar is right, the Sutton Trust recommendations are the merest tinkering; no, they are promoting the existing hierarchy disguised as well-intentioned tinkering. I have great respect for her … Continue reading

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