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
Sir Anthony Seldon
Chapter 2 The Academic Challenge
Chapter 3 The Junior Challenge
Chapter 4 The Financial Challenge
Chapter 5 The Access Challenge
Chapter 6 The Diversity Challenge
Chapter 7 The Gender Challenge
Chapter 8 The Innovation Challenge
Dominic A.A. Randolph
Chapter 9 The International Challenge
Chapter 10 The Political Challenge
Conclusion – David James and Jane Lunnon
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.