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EDUCATION I N D E P E N D E N T


T O D A Y


On the cover this issue we feature Malvern College Qingdao, a fi ne example of best practice as the boom in international British independent schools continues to lead the way (see page 32). Back home, following hard on the heels of last month’s ISC report revealing the extent to which private schools contribute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, we summarise the fi ndings of the ISC annual census (see page 4). Again, the trends are positive: pupil numbers are now back to the pre-recession levels of 2008; boarding numbers are up; prep school pupil numbers are rising; and fees rose by less than four per cent – the lowest increase for some 20 years, and a clear indication that independent schools have reacted proactively to the pressures of the economic downturn. In this magazine – and on our rather marvellous website,


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Regulars


Page 04 News: With a special report on results of the ISC annual census, which reveals many encouraging trends, including a signifi cant increase in pupil numbers at prep schools


Page 08 Noticeboard: Independent schools’ high achievers


Page 09 Comment: All the views that are fi t to print: coping strategies for crises; encouraging perseverance in girls; dealing with poor body image and low self-esteem


Page 14 Opinion: Hilary Moriarty refl ects on the perils of allowing grades to have become all that mat ers


Page 36 Events: The Festival of Education and the Facilities Show previewed; plus feedback from major players at the annual ISBA Conference


Cover story


Quindao p.32


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Malvern College


Cover:


In only a few years, Malvern College’s sister campus in China has become a bustling, successful international project. Ted Underwood pays a visit (p.32)


Legal advice


Senior Associates from Veale Wasbrough Vizards address the main points of interest in the Government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (p.16)


Facilities


Architects Walters & Cohen have clocked up 20 years of working with some of the country’s leading independent schools (p.19) School life


Assistive technology is playing a bigger part in the lives of disabled students than ever before (p.20); how classroom design can aff ect student behaviour (p.23)


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Innovation Eton College sous chef’s competition triumph (p.25)


A plethora of innovative systems are available which can help manage physical and virtual study spaces in schools (p.26); online cloud-based shopping malls for schools (p.30)


Keep it green


Dance troupe Diversity help launch a £350k schools programme for British Gas Generation Green (p.31)


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EDUCATION I N D E P E N D E N T


T O D A Y ISSUE 50 JUNE 2014 Chinese whispers


International special: we visit Malvern College’s bustling, beautiful and exemplary sister campus in China


+ COPING WITH CRISES | KE EPING CHI LDREN SAFE IN EDUCAT ION | ASSIST IVE T ECHNOLOGY FOR SEN STUDENTS HOW CLASSROOM DESIGN AF FECTS BEHAVIOUR | RE F L ECT IONS ON ISBA CONF ERENCE | F EST IVAL OF EDUCAT ION PREVI EW


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