• Girls’ Schools and STEM: a Creative Chemistry
    Girls’ Schools and STEM: a Creative Chemistry

    The figures for the engagement of women in careers in Science and Technology are stark. Research published earlier this year revealed that women make up only 14.4% of those engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers in the UK.

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  • Making the Most of School Open Days
    Making the Most of School Open Days

    The BBC Parents’ website offers advice for ‘Making the Most of School Open Days.’ Amongst the top ten tips are ‘Find out about the lunch’ and ‘Pay attention to the pupils.’ Wise advice, no doubt, but nowhere is there any mention of the curriculum. The curriculum matters. What is actually taught, day in day out, in the classrooms of independent schools is a much more significant differentiator from the education offered in the state sector than imposing buildings or broad acres of rugby and hockey pitches.

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  • Sport for all starts early at Croydon High
    Sport for all starts early at Croydon High

    There is an on-going debate amongst educationalists and in the media generally about young people’s participation in sport and whether or not schools do enough particularly to encourage girls to get active.

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  • Future Proofing Students
    Future Proofing Students

    In an increasingly sophisticated and fluid job market, schools will have to adapt their thinking to prepare their students for an uncertain future. The landscape of the traditional labour market has shifted, the era of the lifelong career is changing, there is a shift from corporate career ladders to project based careers. We have to prepare young people for the jobs that don’t yet exist, to exploit opportunities and to create their own jobs and careers.

    More and more employees today are temporary, contract, freelance, part-time or external. We may mourn the loss of pensions and the safety net that they represented, the loss of a predictable career path makes it hard to form plans but also allows for opportunities to pivot and change direction and provides ownership – future career paths will be made by having transferrable skills, being flexible and moving.

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  • Nurturing the University Transition
    Nurturing the University Transition

    The move to university represents a major life change with all of the excitement, but also some of the worry, that change brings about. As you prepare to make that move, your A Level exams just around the corner and UCAS offers in mind, getting the grades is your main focus (and rightly so). Your grades become your passport to university, to a new way of learning and living, and to future career opportunities.

    This move, however, is about more than just the brown envelope in your hand on results day. It may be the first time you have lived away from home, dealing with the challenges that life throws up without your usual support network. With it will come a new set of opportunities: meeting and living with new people; making new friends; joining new clubs; and experiencing new ways of learning. It’s important, therefore, to think about using other skills that will prepare you for university life, to cope with new pressures and thrive in a different, academically challenging environment.

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