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When I was thirteen my father bought me a ticket to the RSC production of Julius Caesar. I had no idea what to expect. Two and a half hours later I left the theatre with a sense of walking on a pavement several feet above everyone else. The first scene had confused me - what was that all about? But the second scene - in which the jealousy-racked Cassius, in a furious attempt to persuade Brutus to join him in a conspiracy to kill Caesar - thrilled and transported me throughout the rest of the complexities of the play. (June 2016)

A listening government

So, no forcing of schools to become academies after all. This is what Nicky Morgan said in a BBC interview: "This is about being a listening government and I would consider myself to be a listening secretary of state....Better to have reforms than have none at all." (June 2016)

Academy Chains - a clear-eyed appraisal

Academy Chains - a clear-eyed appraisal. The free standing academy is so yesterday – today's academy has to be part of a chain, the bigger the better, to enable economies of scale and to propagate the parent school's desirable attributes as widely as possible. (June 2016)


Over the last extraordinary ten days we have been rung by education journalists expecting us to opine on what Brexit will mean for education. There is, of course, only one honest answer at present - "who knows?" (July 2016)

Headship by degrees

A very important part of any Good Schools Guide review is the profile of the head. We generally find that most heads are happy to answer all our questions - even the more personal ones. We also hear on the grapevine that this part of our reviews is often used (presumably as background) by candidates applying for headships at other schools. (June 2016)

Jeremy Hunt and The Doctors

Getting in to a medical school to study medicine is not easy. Most medical schools and universities require a minimum of three As at A level, usually specifying science subjects. (June 2016)

Move house for a special needs diagnosis?

Parents of children with special educational needs get used to being told to move house. Move to get into the right area for a school which caters for your child’s needs. (March 2016)

School reports

Back to school this week. It's the term of public exams, sports days, school trips, expeditions and tours, art exhibitions, tennis and cricket, summer concerts and plays, charity events, end of year reports and - we hope - sunlit fun. (June 2016)

Still under covers?

Viewers tuning in for the Downton slot on Sunday night will have got something of a jolt – instead of cosy escapism, they were confronted by a brutal tale of death row executions and family betrayals, (Undercover, BBC1). (June 2016)

Time and places

The initial furore over National Offer Day is over - although, of course, the next one - Primary School Offer Day - is only six weeks away and we'll have to go through the whole miserable experience again. We, at The Good Schools Guide, along with everyone else, get worked up on behalf of children who are not allocated their first choice school or, far more worrying, children who get offered none of their six choices. It isn't good enough and shouldn't be happening. (June 2016)

What to look for in a new academy

Guest blog by Declan Spinks, editor of the EduStaff blog. EduStaff are jobs in education specialists and recruitment partners of the new teacher training graduate scheme Premier Pathways. (June 2016)

Where did Great Britain's Olympic medallists go to school?

Rio 2016, the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, opened with a bang on the August 5th 2016. We look at the schools attended by the Team GB medal winners. (September 2016)

Where did Great Britain's Paralympic medallists go to school?

Summer Paralympics 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, running the 7th to the 18th September. The Good Schools Guide looks at the schools attended by the ParalympicsGB medal winners. (August 2016)

Why not sell off our children?

Why Not Sell Off Our Children? Students who wish to stay in the sixth form of their own school may be compelled to move elsewhere if the local authority can find a cheaper option. Are you shocked and wondering why you don’t know about this? Perhaps it’s because this only applies to special needs students. (June 2016)



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