Talking Heads #15

At GKP we are always on the lookout for the head teachers hitting the headlines. These are the stories from the last four weeks that really caught our eye.

Education PR

10. Julia Harrington, Head of Queen Anne’s School (Caversham) on giving children realistic expectations for starting a new academic year, and not projecting on them your own unhappy experiences at school.

9. Sarah Matthews, Head of Truro High School for Girls on not publicising students’ grades and a mass boycott of league tables, going against the damaging ‘culture of comparison’.

8. Katharine Birbalsingh, Head and Founder of Michaela Community School on how to achieve a world class education system for Britain.

7. 73% of 228 surveyed heads on their opposition to plans to test four year olds, just weeks into starting primary school.

6. Clare Sealy, former Head of St Matthias Primary (Bethnal Green) on how cultural capital should be for the many, not the few.

5. Mike Buchanan, Head of Ashford School (Kent) and Director of Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference on making grade enquiries free at the point of use, shifting the cost off candidates.

4. Dr Martin Stephen, former high master of St Paul’s on the need for a single exam board in the UK to increase the credibility of A-Levels.

3. Jane Lunnon, Head of Wimbledon High School on the returning popularity of studying art and design as employers seek creativity.

2. Andrew Halls, Head of King’s College (Wimbledon) on the unfairness of Oxbridge’s “unofficial quota system” for state school students and “unofficial 30% cap” on private school ones.

Education PR

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