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Crisis at the chalkface Premium

23 March 2017 | by Dorothy Lepkowska
Teacher shortages are hitting Catholic schools hard, with some unable to recruit for long periods. Dorothy Lepkowska examines the problem and discovers one solution that may be paying dividends

I was not a good pupil and when I joined Bedales School in Hampshire I was too lazy for academic success to be my priority, writes Roxanna Panufnik. However, I was good at music and in Jonathan Willcocks I found my first inspirational teacher.

RE learns lessons for the future Premium

23 March 2017 | by Anthony Towey
A new commission has been charged with reviewing religious ­education in schools. Anthony Towey, who is on the panel, describes the many challenges facing the subject in the twenty-first century

Challenges worth taking Premium

23 March 2017 | by Susan Young
With its aroma of European sophistication, the International Baccalaureate diploma promises a future of multilingual job prospects in the globalised cities of the modern world. Susan Young assesses the pros and cons of the programme and asks why it is attractive to Catholic schools

A little goes a long way Premium

23 March 2017 | by Annabel Miller
Funding cuts are causing anxiety for schools, with the smallest often being the hardest hit. Annabel Miller talks to the heads of some very small schools about the important job that they do

Results are beginning to improve and the school is planning a satellite in nearby Aylesbury

Making the grade Premium

09 February 2017 | by Annabel Miller
Bristol University is pioneering a scheme to encourage applications from students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Annabel Miller explains the plan and asks what it can achieve

The teacher who inspired me Premium

09 February 2017 | by Gillian Rivers
By the time I was 13, I had attended no fewer than 10 schools, writes Gillian Rivers. My father’s career ensured that we were not able to settle. I left school at 16 with a handful of O levels and CSEs and no memory of any teacher alleviating the disenchanting, miserable school experience.

Go west, young men and women Premium

09 February 2017 | by Lucy Hodges
For courses in psychology through the liberal arts to hard science, young Britons are flooding across the pond to American universities. Lucy Hodges seeks out the peaks and pitfalls of student life stateside

Applying to university in the US Premium

09 February 2017
Once you have decided to look into the idea of studying in America, your first port of call should be the Fulbright Commission. Its website is the best resource for applying from the UK

The thought that counts Premium

09 February 2017 | by Sean Whittle
Philosophy is for all and ought to be part of the curriculum in every school, argues Sean Whittle, even if it means less time spent on RE lessons

Philosophy in action: God and the Big Bang Premium

09 February 2017 | by Peter Worley
It was the last day of term for a Year 6 (aged 11) philosophy class at St Winifred’s Junior School in south-east London, writes Peter Worley

A taste of true grit Premium

09 February 2017 | by Susan Young
British schools are investigating new ways to instil resilience in pupils. Susan Young went on a mission to find out about the programmes adapted from military and sports psychology that are producing startling results among our young people

Resilience and prayer Premium

09 February 2017 | by Dr James Whitehead
How the Rule of St Benedict underpins the emergence of spiritual and emotional strength

Last year this small school was congratulated by inspectors for a dramatic turnaround in its achievements

Power of peace and prayer as the light shines forth Premium

25 January 2017 | by Anthony Weaver
As the Sanctuary of Fátima gears up for its centenary celebrations, veteran Catholic retreat organiser Anthony Weaver offers his thoughts on places of escape and rejuvenation in Portugal

Mother of the Word offers joy and closure Premium

25 January 2017 | by Tobias Hewitt
Rwanda is remembered for its appalling 1994 genocide, but Tobias Hewitt’s penitential journey to the shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho reflects the sense of hope felt by many pilgrims

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