Articles from Steve Spriggs

William Clarence Education Welcomes new Head of Schools and University Consultancy

Alongside the launch of William Clarence School Services, the leading London education consultancy’s school admissions and marketing arm, the firm proudly announced the arrival of Diana Morant to its Family Services team this month.

A complete switch to remote learning is not possible, but a mix of quality teaching and technology will be the next stage of British education

 Technology in the classroom and its future - Caution must be taken to avoid disparity in the learning experiences of students from different backgrounds  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread global school closures, resulting in many schools being either fully or partly reliant on online learning for a third of the recent school year.

Labour’s pledge to abolish independent schools is toothless and implausible

Labour’s pledge to abolish independent schools is a headline-grabber but if you look at the detail you’ll see it’s toothless and implausible.

Making the best of traditional and digital marketing for your admissions function

Marketing is a vital tool in modern student recruitment. Ensuring your school utilises the most effective way to acquire new students is vital, but; with so many different marketing methods it’s hard to know which will suit your school best. Traditional marketing methods such as word-of-mouth and open days are still prominent promotion tools in the education sector yet, digital marketing is now seen as the most productive form of engaging with prospective parents. The fight between traditional and digital marketing for schools is now showing a clear winner but is just using one form of marketing enough to differentiate your school from its competitors?

The Benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a two year programme studied by those in the sixth form, ages 16 - 18, as an alternative to the traditional choice of A-levels. An increasing number of UK schools are offering students the choice to study either course or just offering the IB. The IB is a broader course which has huge credibility internationally. It is recognised worldwide and valued by top universities.

Protections need to be put in place to safeguard institutions and students against ‘commission creep’

I’m disturbed to hear of a dishonest and exploitative practice affecting further education right now.

Put Less Money into the Classroom and More into the Workspace

New year heralds a time of change; a chance to cast off the old and usher in the new, and this seems to be the case for higher education.

VAT on fees would be nail in the coffin for small independent schools

When I read that Millfield School is reducing its fees by 10% and has urged other leading schools to follow suit claiming it’s ‘the right thing to do’, it made me wonder if it’s not the right thing but the only thing to do to survive.

Endorsement or bribery? Undergraduates three times more likely to receive an offer after 'string pulling'

From getting a good table at your favourite restaurant to hearing about a brilliant job before it’s advertised, we all know it’s not what you know but who you know. Now a study has shown that undergraduates who receive a personal endorsement are three times more likely to receive an offer, despite being no better than any other applicant.

Even the royal family knows the future is Chinese

There was a time when classrooms were dominated by the ‘3 Rs’, reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Now, the focus is on Mandarin. And it’s not just the privileged kids in boaters learning this Chinese language – the subject is being taught to state school children from the poorest areas.

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