Tag Archives: private vs state

White middle-class cheater, moi?!

Here, a private-school mother accuses middle-class parents who use state schools of taking the high moral ground while making damned sure that Their kids won’t end up as “cleaners or lorry-drivers” – which is all, after all, that private school … Continue reading

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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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Not reading at 5? A scandal!

A lot of media noise last week about the British school starting age, prompted by an academics’ letter to Education Minister Michael Gove. I have versions of this discussion every summer, since my own child started reception two years ago, … 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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“Wot, no white kids? Help!”

Oh dear – another guilt-inducing Oliver James article in last Saturday’s Guardian. Small class-sizes are demonstrably better, especially for the youngest schoolchildren; if academic success is your goal (and whose isn’t?) private schools offer smaller classes, ergo private schools are … Continue reading

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