Rwanda bans early boarding

“Schools that already have boarding section have been given a grace period of three years to phase it out. We want children to grow up in families and with their parents,” says Olivier Rwamukwaya,Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education. Read more here

no-brainer?

public schools underpin everything that is most wrong, most iniquitous, most stiflingly, claustrophobically unjust and undemocratic and unmodern about Britain today” argues Observer Journalist Carole Cadwalladr in this week’s debate with Charlotte Vere of the ISC. She also suggests that ” Class is Britain’s psychic wound. It’s like some crippling 19th-century affliction – rickets perhaps, or scarlatina – that should have been cleared up by modern medicine years ago, but keeps on dragging us down. And its bedrock, its nursery, its oxygen is the private school system. It’s the means by which a tiny cohort maintain their stranglehold on power and privilege: on the City, and politics and law and journalism and everything that passes for public life in Britain today.” See the full article here http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/29/is-it-right-public-schools-charitable-status.

“The Board Generation”

Essay of the week in the Sunday Herald today is an excellent piece on boarding schools by Vicky Allan. Allan is herself the wife of an ex-boarder, and a fellow mum at my kids’ school. She gets under the skin of this issue beautifully, and masterfully tackles the surrounding issues. Take a look…http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/the-board-generation.25881381

we won!

A big thank you to all of you who supported and encouraged us in last night’s debate in Edinburgh: This house would ban boarding for under 16’s. Nick Duffell and Sally Fraser had a decisive win, lets hope the winds of change are blowing…

“Not perhaps the kind of breadline, soup-kitchen need…”

This is interesting. Private schools have charitable status because they provide bursaries. But you can claim for bursaries even if you earn £80,000 per year, and you can pay a consultant £120-£240 pounds a pop to hunt out bursaries for you. Nauseating article in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/11167178/Paying-for-private-school-what-you-need-is-a-bursary.html