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Education: In a league of their own - or selective on the sly?

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Education: A little bit of charity goes a long way

Though the assisted places scheme has been abolished, Elaine Williams reports that many independent schools are refusing to let the ethos behind it die. Inventive, and painful, ways are being found of offering disadvantaged pupils a high-standard education

I'm here and there's no escaping me

En route to Stratford we hear the story of a Jewish girl from Liverpool who escaped and made it big: Edwina Currie is out selling herself. What a surprise!

A different form of life

Crossing the divide between state and private schools can be a challenging time for children.

Book review / Some questions of attribution

The Dancing Face by Mike Phillips Collins Crime, pounds l5.99

Ailing boarding schools see revival in fortunes

Boarding schools may be coming back into fashion, according to new figures published today. A survey by the Independent Schools Information Service (Isis) shows that the heads of four out of five boarding schools believe their schools' prospects are brighter than they were a year ago.

The working woman's friend

Annalisa Barbieri meets Monica Zipper, designer of the ultimate in wearable, affordable capsule wardrobes

Boys from Brazil come to rescue of boarding schools

British boarding schools are enrolling an influx of boys from Brazil as wealthy South Americans seek a good English education for their offspring.

Farewell to the dorm as boarding schools turn to sleep-overs

The future of boarding schools may lie in repackaging themselves as "sleep-over" schools, according to a leading head.

Dismay as Jewish Eton closes

A boarding school known as the "Jewish Eton" has been closed suddenly to the dismay of teachers and parents.

Heseltine seeks state schools fit for Tories

Michael Heseltine, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday suggested that the state education system would soon be good enough to educate Tory ministers' children.

Books: Plain tales from China

Amanda Mitchison finally loses patience with the ugly duckling who grew into a straight-A swan; Fallen Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah, Michael Joseph, pounds 16.99

Low standards at pounds 2,600-a-term school for children of the forces

An independent boarding school widely used by the children of forces personnel whose fees are paid by the state has serious weaknesses and is breaking the law on health and safety, government inspectors said yesterday.

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