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Posted on 21 April 2017
In a recent article for TES, Bedales Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies Clare Jarmy argues that the process of ‘revisiting’ offers all of the memorisation benefits of revision, whilst also bringing a welcome depth to learning.
Posted on 20 April 2017
The School House website has published a contribution by Andrew Martin on the enriching opportunities available in
Posted on 07 April 2017
The Boarding Schools Association (BSA) has published a comprehensive Guide to UK Boarding Schools which includes an article by Keith Budge describing the innovative Bedales middle years’ curriculum. In the guide’s foreword, Leo Winkley, former Bedales Deputy and now headmaster of St Peter’s School, York, describes the choice for parents and children as “broad and flexible as is the distinctive variety and nature of the boarding sector.” The guide covers all aspects of boarding education, including funding, selecting a school, academic success, co-curricular opportunities, specialist schools and sixth form choices. The full range of boarding options is also covered. Keith’s article explains that a decade ago Bedales stopped offering non-core GCSEs and replaced them with Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) – written and assessed by teachers, with external moderation. 
Posted on 27 March 2017
In the light of recent development in Europe and the US, Absolutely Education reports on how we engage young people in politics.  The articles states: “The long tradition of debate and oratory in our independent schools is a very good place to start”; Keith Budge is featured discussing the approach at Bedales. In the article, Keith says: “Debate stands at the very heart of a classical education. In the classical context, the focus of education was on the subjects and skills deemed essential if one was to take an active part in civic life – for example, public debate. Any effective contribution to public life requires the exercise of rhetorical skills, and Bedales encourages both public speaking and debating,”
Posted on 16 March 2017
All three Bedales schools entered the Music for Youth competition 2017 with an exciting combination of Mozart, Jaco Pastorious, jazz and poetry by Edward Thomas.
Posted on 10 March 2017
In an article for Architecture Today, writer and designer Oliver Lowenstein explains that the new Bedales Art & Design Building both connects with and breaks from the school’s aesthetic past.
Posted on 06 March 2017
In a recent blog for HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), Keith Budge explains why students getting their hands dirty outside with practical work is key part of a Bedales education. 
Posted on 13 February 2017
In a recent blog for the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Keith Budge reflects further on the challenge of an illiberal age to liberal educators, and examines the value of the ‘appreciat
Posted on 10 February 2017
In a recent article for School House magazine, Keith Budge counsels against government’s enthusiasm for the direct transfer of independent sector expertise to the state sector, and argues instead that any institutional learning must be a two-way street.
Posted on 06 February 2017