Students from Bedales School, Hampshire, are inviting other schools in the UK to join them in going Blue for Ebola to raise money to combat the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives in West Africa.
Posted on 14 November 2014
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'Sutton Trust Report strikes a blow against league table culture' By Alistair McConville: "On Friday 31 October, the Sutton Trust published its report What Makes Great Teaching, authored by Professor Rob Coe and colleagues at Durham University. Drawing on over 200 pieces of research, it sheds light on a range of working misconceptions that have insinuated themselves into our national understanding of what teaching should be." Read the full article, published by HMC, here.
Posted on 14 November 2014
On Wednesday mornings I have the pleasure of spending twenty minutes with one of the Groups classes. I tend to use these sessions to develop thinking skills and it also enables me to gain an understanding of how individual children think. Armed with a range of thought provoking questions I sit in a circle with children who are eager to hear the question and share their ideas.
Posted on 13 November 2014
Kirstie Allsopp reminisces about her time at Bedales and recalls her favourtie teachers, read the full article here.
Posted on 12 November 2014
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Exclusive works from some of the most famous names in the world of art and entertainment are to be sold by revolutionary online auction house Paddle8 to raise money for one of England’s most prestigious schools.
Posted on 11 November 2014
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Whilst educational research can be valuable, schools must be wary of investing in resulting apparently linked beliefs and practices that threaten to supplant the judgment of teachers, argues Alistair McConville of Bedales School in the current issue of the Times Educational Supplement published on 7 November 2014.
Posted on 10 November 2014
From my short experience in two secondary state schools on teaching practice, followed by three years in a 4-16 independent school, it is clear that extra anxiety is placed on pupils by pushing them to complete exams / tests. I can see why many deem them as unnecessary. End of year exams are built up to be a target to work towards, especially in the weeks preceding the dreaded ‘exam week’ held in my last school and that which I attended as a pupil.
Posted on 10 November 2014
Recent news that the Prime Minister and his wife have been looking for a state secondary school in London for their daughter has drawn attention once again to the challenges facing London dwellers in arranging the right education for their children.
Posted on 06 November 2014
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Children, once they overcome the initial homesickness and settling in period, love boarding. Parents are often worried or filled with misplaced guilt and fears about allowing their children to board and yet their children would have a very different view. For many, boarding opens up new worlds and creates a wonderfully supportive and nurturing ‘double home’ life style.
Posted on 06 November 2014
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"Are we witnessing, if not facilitating, the death of intuition in teaching?" This is a question teachers are beginning to ask themselves as what and how they teach are increasingly monitored and controlled. And it is an issue that Alistair McConville, deputy headteacher at Bedales School in Hampshire, tackles in the 7 November issue of TES. “The modern obsession with evidence-based practice and measurable outcomes is blurring the purpose of education and undermining authentic and laudable motivations for entering the profession," he writes. "What scope is there for such intangible factors as spontaneity, creativity or relationship-building in teaching today?” Read the full article here.
Posted on 06 November 2014

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