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1st Edition

The State of Independence: Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today

ISBN 9780815352419
Published April 8, 2019 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Exploring the most significant challenges facing independent schools today, this book asks leading figures from education, economics, politics, philosophy and the arts to give their views on how independent schools can adapt to rapidly changing markets which see them scrutinised as never before.

Acknowledging the independent sector as a vital and growing part of the global education system, this book explores how schools are to respond to financial, moral, pastoral and academic challenges, and so ensure their own survival, and the futures of the children they educate. Breaking a complex and varied field down into ten clear areas of analysis, essays written by leading education experts tackle the key challenges faced by independent schools around the world. Commentators consider the issues created by the upward trend of educating international students, question the extent to which independent schools have echoed societal movements towards greater access, diversity and gender fluidity, and provide first-hand insight into the experiences of staff, pupils and parents involved in the everyday functioning and longer-term development of the independent sector.

A health check on this most controversial of sectors, this book will enlighten and inform not only those working in independent schools today, but anyone interested in education, and will make an important contribution to a bigger debate about the place of independent schools at a time of political, economic and societal uncertainty.

Table of Contents


About the Editors

About the Contributors

Introduction – David James and Jane Lunnon

Chapter 1 The Pastoral Challenge

Julie Johnson

Rachel Kelly

Dick Moore

Emma Robertson

Sir Anthony Seldon

Chapter 2 The Academic Challenge

Helen Pike

Briony Scott

Joseph Spence

Kevin Stannard

Ian Warwick

Chapter 3 The Junior Challenge

Jane Cameron

Phillip Evitt

Richard Foster

Ralph Lucas

Ben Thomas

Chapter 4 The Financial Challenge

Stephen Crouch

John Edward

Heather McGregor

James Tooley

David Woodgate

Chapter 5 The Access Challenge

Ian Davenport

Patrick Derham

David Ejim-McCubbin

Nick Hillman

Barnaby Lenon

Justine Voisin

Chapter 6 The Diversity Challenge

Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang

Jaideep Barot

Jenny Brown

Nick Dennis

Mary Myatt

Chapter 7 The Gender Challenge

Jenny Allum

Natasha Devon

Richard Hoskins

Fionnuala Kennedy

Lucy Pearson

Chapter 8 The Innovation Challenge

Sean Dagony-Clark

Page Eimer

Dominic A.A. Randolph

Simon Walker

Crispin Weston

Ian Yorston

Chapter 9 The International Challenge

Edward Clark

Helen Wright

Justin Garrick

Virginia Macgregor

Jamie Martin

Cameron Pyke

Russell Speirs

Mark Steed

Chapter 10 The Political Challenge

John Blake

Ed Dorrell

Estelle Morris

Tom Richmond

Julie Robinson

Mark Scott

Roger Scruton

Conclusion – David James and Jane Lunnon


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David James teaches English, and is Deputy Head at Bryanston School, UK. He has worked in independent schools for over 20 years. He is also an editor and author.

Jane Lunnon is Head of Wimbledon High School, London, UK. She has taught in independent schools for over 20 years.