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Posted on 21 April 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
Last week, Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst raised a fantastic £230 toward a total of £730 to benefit the charity, School in a Bag. As part of the Dunhurst HOPiT initiative (Helping Other People in Trouble), pupils, who ordinarily wear their own clothes to school, held a School Uniform Day and got involved in fun activities to raise money to send a school bag, packed with everything a child needs for learning, to areas where children may be orphaned, vulnerable or affected by disaster. Head of English, Nichola Gotel said: “Our pupils were greatly moved when School in a Bag came to talk to them at assembly. 
Posted on 14 March 2017
A Jazz Day event held at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst saw three local schools come together for a lively workshop on the theme: ‘Carnival of the Jazz Animals’.
Posted on 13 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 Beautiful South magazine, Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, Jane Grubb explains how the school challenges and supports its pupils to find what they love, and begin the process of growing into themselves. Bedales founder John Haden Badley established the school as a humane alternative to the austerity of late-Victorian public schools. Today, Dunhurst continues to swim against the educational tide in making a world quite removed from the confines of Common Entrance and traditional prep school teaching, and the strictures of the national curriculum, over-testing and inspection.
Posted on 09 March 2017
A multi-skills sports festival saw Dunhurst and Dunannie children collaborate on a number of fun activities on Thursday. Block 2s working towards their Young Sports Leaders award ran the workshop which consisted of seven activities each working on the fundamental skills of movement.
Posted on 23 February 2017
For some young people, school has come to mean an unreasonably long working day, and relentless stress associated with competition and assessment. This can be especially true for those who live in London, where the number of what are seen by some as ‘good’ school places – whether in the state or independent sector – is massively outweighed by demand.
Posted on 22 February 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