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Obstacles to adding VAT to fees

In the current education policy landscape, the debate over adding VAT to independent school fees is by far the most high-profile dividing line between Labour and the Conservatives. That said, the question of what would actually happen in practice if Labour won the next election and tried to implement this policy, has received remarkably little attention…

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Why students deserve a variety of assessment methods

Deputy Head at The King Alfred School in North London, Alistair McConville, discusses a new research paper, which shines a light on the problems with the current exam-focused assessment framework. As exam season rolls around again, the number of voices questioning the dominance of timed, written assessments in schools is growing…

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Teaching controversy in schools

Throughout the course of their education children and teenagers will inevitably encounter contentious questions. In a world where wider discussion of these subjects is often defined by populism, polarisation, prejudice and ‘alternative facts’, teaching these issues in an honest and supportive manner can be challenging…

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The Independent Schools Magazine (ISM) is published nine times a year. It is aimed at decision-makers and opinion-formers throughout the fee-paying independent education sector. It is a mix of news, opinions, ideas and information of interest to professionals in the field.

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