36 episodes

Join Attain’s Editor as he talks to leading Heads, as well as other special guests, about the issues affecting independent schools and parents today. Our 'Fresh Thinking' programme is published every Wednesday during term time. For almost 15 years, Attain has offered fresh thinking about independent education. We are the sector's leading publisher for parents and schools.

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Join Attain’s Editor as he talks to leading Heads, as well as other special guests, about the issues affecting independent schools and parents today. Our 'Fresh Thinking' programme is published every Wednesday during term time. For almost 15 years, Attain has offered fresh thinking about independent education. We are the sector's leading publisher for parents and schools.

    Episode 35: Learning from nature

    Episode 35: Learning from nature

    Joining Matthew this week is Stuart Douch and David Buckingham from Sompting Abbotts Prep School in West Sussex. We discuss how spending time learning about wildlife can be hugely beneficial for children, not just as a learning opportunity but also to help boost pupil wellbeing.

    • 23 min
    Episode 34: School communications

    Episode 34: School communications

    Joining Matthew this week is Emma Goldsmith of The Dragon School and Kate Reynolds of the Royal High School Bath GDST. We discuss school communications – how to ensure parents are always in the loop but don't feel overwhelmed by the quantity of information coming home.

    • 21 min
    Episode 33: The politics of education

    Episode 33: The politics of education

    Joining Matthew this week is Richard Backhouse, Principal of Berkhamsted Schools Group and Chair of HMC. Independent schools have once again found themselves in the political spotlight – we discuss charitable status and Labour's tax plans.

    • 24 min
    Episode 32: Diversity, tolerance and equality

    Episode 32: Diversity, tolerance and equality

    Joining Matthew this week is Jason Whiskerd of Brentwood Preparatory School and Irfan Latif of DLD College and a founder member of the Inclusion and Diversity Group of the Independent Schools Council. We discuss diversity, tolerance and equality in the independent sector.

    • 19 min
    Episode 31: Reimagining prep schools

    Episode 31: Reimagining prep schools

    Joining Matthew this week is William Goldsmith, Vice Chair of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, IAPS, and Head Master of St George's School, Windsor. In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses the pressure on schools and teachers during the pandemic and why the role of prep schools should be reimagined.

    • 25 min
    Episode 30: Transitions

    Episode 30: Transitions

    Joining Matthew this week is Paula Mortimer, Head of the Junior School at Lady Eleanor Holles in London and Mark Mortimer, Headmaster of Bryanston School in Dorset. We discuss how parents can help their children take transitions in their stride – whether it's going up a year group or moving to a new senior school.

    • 29 min

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