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One of the best things about writing for The Good Schools Guide is that schools are all so different. On one level, that might sound obvious, but it never ceases to amaze me how schools can approach the same thing in such dramatically opposing ways and yet all (potentially) get it right. Some schools, as we explore in our regular Head to Head feature, believe in setting children in as many subjects as possible; others opt for mixed ability all the way. Even headteachers themselves are increasingly unlikely to fit a mould – another topic we cover in this spring issue. Our article on some of Britain’s less conventional headteachers includes one who believes children should choose whether or not to go to lessons and another who teaches kids how to use a shotgun.

Further highlights of this new year edition include a look at alternatives to tutoring, the best educational apps and a guide to Dorchester and surrounding areas, including the very best schools in the vicinity.

As our regular readers already know, Chalk & Chat is about so much more than education. When we set up this magazine, the idea was to examine the ups and downs of everything parenting brings. Should parents pick their children’s friends for them? What’s it really like working for one of Britain’s most family friendly employers? These are just some of the topics you can read about in this edition along with our regular features on SEN, the latest books, travel and educational dilemmas.

We hope you’ll enjoy the insight, knowledge and customary wit that comes with every issue of Chalk & Chat. Please let us know what you think and do share your thoughts on social media too, using the hashtag #chalkandchat

Kate Hilpern
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