School dubbed 'the Eton of the state sector' has the enthusiastic support of the Education Secretary
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Sunday 03 July 2011
Friday 03 June 2011
Angelina Jolie is probably right in her assessment that the modern education system is not geared to catering for her children's needs. Her jetset lifestyle means she has the choice of enrolling her children at a private boarding school (state boarding provision is relatively limited throughout the world) or having them taught by tutors and teachers while the family is on the road. Boarding education is not suitable for every child, and not every parent wants to farm out their offspring to somebody else's care simply because they have a job which involves travelling.
Saturday 14 May 2011
It's unlikely that the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who lent his name to the snack, ever went for the cucumber option. The Earl wanted something tidily substantial to refresh his efforts at the card table, not some prissy confection.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Children sent away to boarding school can suffer psychological damage akin to being taken into care, a leading psychotherapist warns. "Boarding School Syndrome" can leave adults struggling to form intimate relationships and unable to communicate emotions after being traumatised by forced separation from friends and family at a young age.
Friday 25 February 2011
Jubilate (pronounced yoo-be-la-ta) is, according to Chambers' Dictionary, the Latin exhortation to rejoice or exult: the opening word of the 100th Psalm (in the Vulgate). According to Michael Arditti: "It just sounded like a good title for a pilgrimage". For a novelist born with Jewish origins and educated at a Methodist boarding school, there appears to be no compelling reason why Arditti should have chosen a Catholic crise de conscience as the subject of this holy visit to Lourdes. Or why he should have used a female narrative voice for the pilgrim, alternating with a (male) TV film director who is shooting a worthy God-slot from a strictly agnostic angle.
Sunday 30 January 2011
Sunday 17 October 2010
Friday 24 September 2010
Friday 10 September 2010
I still know the Catechism by heart, having learned it at the age of five. The fundamentals of Christian doctrine were instilled into our impressionable young minds, to be repeated until they were as familiar as the alphabet. Its 370 injunctions are now branded into my very bones, like letters through a stick of rock.
Sunday 25 July 2010
Tuesday 29 June 2010
- 1 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 2 Council bans use of word ‘Commie’ – but ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ are fine
- 5 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis