It’s been a little while since our last issue landed on desks – before the Christmas break in fact.
Since then, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced their move to split their time between the UK and Canada, working to become financially independent from the royal family, the UK left the European Union after years of political turmoil, and we finally saw the end of January (wine, anyone?).
News from the independent education sector has come in thick and fast too. The Girls’ Schools Association appointed its new president for the year, Jane Prescott (see page 70–71), who is also headmistress of Portsmouth High School.
With a short service commission in the army behind her, she’s completely committed to teaching and passionate about developing young people.
She told me more about what she hopes to achieve in her new role and, importantly, which myth about independent schools she most wants put right.
Of course, one of these myths is that independent schools are full of wealthy people, from the most privileged backgrounds. Charley Rogers (former editor of our sister title Education Technology) has explored this in more detail on page 49, looking at how independent schools are using scholarships and bursaries to widen access.
Progress is definitely being made, and I think we all wish there was more we could do, but things are certainly heading in the right direction.
Enjoy the issue!
Jo Golding, Editor