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Tuesday 13 August 2019

The pressure has been on for independent schools to work closely with its state counterparts. In this special report, we look at the impact they are having. Andrew Maiden reports... Read more

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Barbara Neville, head at Rabbsfarm Primary School, talks about the school's expansion with a new eco-building and the benefits it provides to pupils. Read more

Friday 28 June 2019

The Good Governor is an ideal primer for governors, senior leaders and prospective governors at independent schools. Read more

Thursday 13 June 2019

The House of Commons hosted the inaugural meeting for a campaign aimed at “phasing out private schools”. Will it be successful? Read more

Friday 31 May 2019

The independent sector in the UK is facing several challenges over the coming years. And they appear to be tougher than any previous threats. Economically and politically, the sector needs to prepare to mitigate the risks posed, whether considering the prospects of Brexit (see sidebar) and/or the precarious state of the global economy or try to second-guess the changing political landscape.With fee rises still higher on average than pay rises1, there is an inevitable strain on the finances of the professional middle classes who have previously been the bedrock of support for the sector. Both of the main political parties have an antipathy towards the sector. The travails of the current government could conceivably lead to a Jeremy Corbyn administration at the next election, which brings the threat of VAT on fees2. And either of the Tories or Labour may look to what’s happening in Scotland with the removal of rates relief by 2020. Read more