• Look At Life: Crazes 17 Nov 17

    Who could expect us to concentrate on algebra or Shakespeare’s sonnets when there was an electronic pet dying in our school blazer pockets? To the children of the late 1990s this question will... Read More

  • Look at Life: High Heels 3 Nov 17

    It was only when I went shopping for shoes with my teenage daughter that I realised I have a problem with high heels. She’s been invited to her first ‘formal’ party – one with a... Read More

  • Look At Life: Team Spirit 20 Oct 17

    Ever since the words ‘has potential but no team spirit’ appeared on my school report, my relationship to teams has been vexed. It’s an accusation I’ve heard all my life. Why am I rubbish at... Read More

  • Teaching and Talking 6 Oct 17

    When it comes to education, parents will generally move mountains to get their children into the right school. We’ll question them about their day (the familiar ‘what did you do at school... Read More

  • Look At Life: Guilt 6 Oct 17

    I seem to be feeling guilty all the time: a constant niggling like an itch that needs to be scratched. I’m a nice person (I hope) and I certainly haven’t committed any dastardly crime that I... Read More

  • In Someone Else's Shoes 22 Sep 17

    The end of an academic year generally features fêtes and festivals, social events and speech days, celebrating individual achievements and whole-school success. Back in June, St Hilda’s Preparatory... Read More

  • Slogging on a Saturday 22 Sep 17

    I sometimes joke that, as a teenager, I had more disposable income than I do now as a working adult. Unencumbered by mortgage, bills or the cost of the weekly shop, my pockets were heavy with the... Read More

  • Unpicking the Past 22 Sep 17

    After the battle of aylesbury in 1642, William Delafield, clerk of the parish of Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, was horrified when returning Roundhead soldiers tried to plunder the church and take... Read More

  • Look At Life: Ballroom Dancing 8 Sep 17

    I’ve been a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing ever since it launched and have been dying to take to the dancefloor myself for a number of years. It’s fair to say, though, that my husband has... Read More

  • Set For lIfe? 8 Sep 17

    In some far-flung Utopia there are senior schools with a strong academic record, and a warm and caring yet disciplined ethos, within walking distance of every home; and if one’s not right for any... Read More

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