Refreshingly different Economics lecture

Sixth Form and Block 5 students were recently treated to an outstanding lecture by Dr Marianna Koli from New College of the Humanities entitled ‘Economics and Well-Being: friends or foes?’. Dr Koli imaginatively traced the history of the development of economic thought from the days of Adam Smith to the present, by drawing connections between the impact of the Industrial Revolution, contraception in the Swinging Sixties, reasons for not paying parking fines and David Cameron’s views on how to increase national happiness. Two of her central research hypotheses, that detention in prison for less than three years is ineffectual and that the British colonial impact in Africa has had a better legacy than those countries that were under French colonial rule, provided challenging food for thought. Her strongly discursive approach was refreshingly different from most academic economists, and was appreciated by all students.

By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Beyond the Bike

We were very fortunate for Stuart Block, a former Wall Street economist and now Economics teacher, and last year’s JustGiving Endurance Fundraiser of the Year, to talk to us about his cycle ride from South Africa to England in 2012. Being an economist, Stuart was eager to explore the differing economies across this huge expanse of land. As a result, rather than cycling solo he rode a tandem, travelling with a native each journey in order to discover their economic story. One underlying theme was the poverty and inequality that thousands suffer from every day. One thing that surprised Stuart was the hospitality of the people he met along the way and how often he was housed and fed in their minute dwellings; he believed that such kindness is rarely seen in the UK. The talk was very informative and clearly conveyed contrasting economies from a unique perspective.

By Georgie Deane. 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

KPMG Senior Partner speaks to Economists

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Sixth Formers, who have had a series of insightful lectures, starting with a talk from David Fairs a Senior Partner at KPMG, a market leader in providing professional services. This was an immensely scholarly talk about the power that the city possesses on determining pensions and the retirement age. In addition to this he gave a wider view of living a flourishing life in the city, before answering questions about the ‘demographic time bomb’, and the current labour participation ratios contributing towards the pensions schemes.

By Albie Waterton, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

‘Business as Usual’ in Egypt?

Edward Marks, CEO of Barclays Egypt and North Africa recently gave Sixth Formers an interesting perspective on the crisis in Egypt and how it impacted on business and banking strategy. He focused on his role of keeping everyone safe in the scenario of Egyptian rioters breaking into the bank, despite this potentially meaning evacuating and leaving behind a vast amount of money. He related the need for him to pay attention to detail in order to realise and react to a crisis, with the need for firms to adapt to change in order to survive. The underlying message was that it is important not to assume that it’s just ‘business as usual’ and to have a plan for continuity management.

By Dan Rogers, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Development of the Economics curriculum

In recent weeks, much time has been spent in the Economics department discussing the merits (or otherwise) of the various Economics syllabi of the main exam boards. John and I were fortunate to have the Chief Examiner of the Welsh exam board, WJEC, spend a day with us and it was refreshing to hear an examiner speak so passionately about the subject itself and the fact that he rewards thoughtful answers that may differ from the set mark-schemes, rather than awarding marks through a box-ticking approach.

Whilst this is certainly great news for us as teachers and practitioners of the subject, it did remind me of a heated conversation I had earlier in the year with some like-minded economics teachers and friends from Eton, RGS Guildford, Oundle, Dulwich College, Radley, Westminster and Wellington, in which we bemoaned the fact that Economics, as an academic discipline at university level and beyond, now bears little resemblance to the subject that we teach at 6th form level. Exam boards have not kept pace with the fascinating developments in the field, such as the great work on behavioural economics by people such as Dan Ariely and Daniel Kahnemann, the analysis of the rapid rise and growing importance of network economies by economists such as Paul Ormerod and Hal Varian, and the interplay between economics and international relations developed by Danny Quah, Cesar Hidalgo and Thomas Schelling amongst others.

Neither do exam boards include economic history on their curricula. Modern policymakers are struggling to understand and apply the lessons learned in the Great Depression, for example, and most economics graduates today can tell you very little about the founding fathers of Economics such as Adam Smith or David Ricardo. To quote Keynes, “a study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind”. I fed many of these ideas and thoughts into an economics education forum earlier in the year co-hosted by the Bank of England, the Royal Economic Society and the Institute of Economic Affairs. At the moment, our education of students in these broader issues is achieved through extra-curricular activities, such as the annual Royal Economic Society Young Economist essay competition (for which I sit on the judging panel).

We really hope that some positive results can come out of the ongoing Gove educational reform saga, and that exam boards can actually develop an economics syllabus that is much more fit-for-purpose than the current system. Recently, I have had the pleasure of meeting nearly 150 economics teachers who have been on CPD courses that I have co-presented, and the message from all of them is loud and clear in terms of improving the exam system for economics. In the words of J.M.Keynes (again!), “when the facts change, I change my mind – what do you do?”. The economy is evolving at an astonishing pace; those responsible for educating the economists of the future would do well to bear this in mind.

By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics, Bedales

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales A Level Success

Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2013 with 40% of all grades at A*-A. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Bristol, St Andrews, York, Warwick, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, Kings College London, University College London, Imperial College London, Plymouth, Aberdeen, Swansea, Sheffield, Nottingham and Brunel, art colleges such as Falmouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, City College Brighton, University of the Arts London and UCA Farnham, as well as international institutions including New York University.

Six Bedales students have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge; four have done so through this summer’s grades and two former students received unconditional offers.

Sam Wilkinson from Midhurst, who will read Physics at Oriel College, Oxford, received his results today having spent the summer working as a Data Scientist for NASA in collaboration with their team which is based at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Sam achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Biology.

Katie Millard from Hambledon will read French and Linguistics at Keble College, Oxford after achieving 4 A*s in Chemistry, Latin, English Literature and French. Maddy Green from Liss will read Medicine at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge after achieving three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics. Nell Whittaker from Shrewsbury will study English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge after achieving an A* grade in English Literature and two A grades in Latin and History. Former student Christy Callaway-Gale from Petersfield will read Spanish and Linguistics at Oriel College, Oxford after achieving three A Level A* grades last summer. Rosie Nicolson from Cranbrook, Kent will study Architecture at Cambridge, having gained three A Level A* grades at Bedales in 2011. Three of the students, Christy, Sam and Maddy, were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form.

Two students; Georgina Gulliver from Buriton and Deputy Head Girl, Katie Shannon, from Steep will both go on to read Architecture at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh respectively. Georgina achieved two As in Art and Mathematics and a D3 in Music Pre-U. Katie achieved three As in Art, Design and Mathematics, and a B in Physics.

Tim Jones from Dorking will read Mathematics at Imperial College London after achieving three A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics. Joe Pemberton from Chichester will also read Mathematics, but at the University of Warwick, after achieving two A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, an A in Latin and a D3 in Music Pre-U. Lucy Waterhouse from Midhurst achieved two A*s in Drama & Theatre Studies and History, and an A grade in English Literature and will read History of Art at the University of Bristol. Evie Cullingworth from Downley, Buckinghamshire achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, a D3 in Music Pre-U and will study Drama at New York University.

Felix Conran from London is delighted to have secured a place at the University of the Arts in London to study Product Design and Arran Stamper from Preston, Lancashire will read Illustration at the University of Edinburgh (after achieving two A*s in Art and Russian, and an A grade in Design). This is a particular achievement for both these students as it is rare for Art and Design students to be offered places on such prestigious arts degree courses without having first completed a Foundation Diploma year. This was because their work was of such a high calibre.

Although both receiving university places, Archie Howes from Ropley and George Veys from Guildford have decided to set up their own business, Darkroom Productions, an event management company providing the sound and lighting for festivals, concerts and corporate events.

Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“Congratulations to our students on their hard work and good results. Bedales students progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas. I’m sure that the 2013 leavers will go on to make a significant contribution in a broad range of fields across the arts, sciences and business.”

Other Bedales student successes include:

  • Sebi Bacon from Steep achieved two A*s in History and Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics; to study Economics at University College London.
  • Georgia Green from Steep achieved an A* in Drama & Theatre Studies and two A grades in English Literature and Spanish.
  • Elize Layton from London achieved an A* in Drama & Theatre Studies, and two A grades in Dance and Religious Studies.
  • Piper Anderson-Klotz from London achieved an A* in Art, an A grade in French and a B in Classical Civilisation.
  • Toby Matimong from Southsea achieved an A* in English Literature, a D2 in Music Pre-U, and a B grade in Biology.
  • Egor Platon from Chisinau, Moldova achieved an A* in Russian and two B grades in History and Mathematics.
  • Jessica Sankey from Petersfield achieved an A* in English Literature, and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and History; to study English at the University of Sussex.
  • Reuben Thompson from London achieved an A* in English Literature and two B grades in Economics and Geography; to study Geography at the University of Exeter.
  • Anna Brown from Liss achieved three As in Biology, Physics and Geography.
  • Scarlet Watney from Bosham achieved three A grades in Design, Economics and Mathematics.
  • Georgina Brand from Petersfield achieved two As in Design and Psychology, and a B in English Literature; to study Fashion Communication at Northumbria University.
  • Anna Jacobs from West Meon achieved two As in Biology and History, and a B grade in Mathematics.
  • Sophie Grierson from London achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, and a B grade in Classical Civilisation; to study English Literature at the University of Leeds.
  • Oscar Cooper (Head Boy) from Southsea achieved two As in Economics and History, and a B in Mathematics.
  • Bethany Maskall achieved two As in Biology and Chemistry, and a B in Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield.
  • Mohammad Pechuho from Karachi, Pakistan achieved two As in English Literature and Religious Studies, and a B in Classical Civilisation; to study Classical Studies at the University of St Andrews.
  • Talia Pick from Chichester achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, and a B in History.
  • Charlotte Robins from Winchester achieved two As in Biology and Mathematics, and a B grade in Physics; to study Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter.
  • Eleana Wilson-Smith from Midhurst achieved two As in Religious Studies and Spanish and a B in Art; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Arts University Bournemouth.
  • Oliver May from Lymington achieved an A in French, and two B grades in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Neal Raithatha from East Meon achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Chemistry and Economics; to study Mathematics at Loughborough University.
  • Izabela Swiderska from Petersfield achieved three B grades in Design, Psychology and Spanish; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at University College Falmouth.

The full A Level statistics were as follows:

  • A* passes: 14%
  • A* – A passes: 40%
  • A* – B passes: 63%
  • A* – E passes: 99%

Cambridge Pre-U D1and D2 grades are equivalent to an A*; a D3 is equivalent to an A; M1 is equivalent to an A grade and M2/M3 merit grades are equivalent to B grade.

Please note that this data is provisional and subject to re-marks.

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Bedales A-Level Success 2013

Bedales A-Level Success 2013

Bedales A-Level Success 2013

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Students learn to manage their money

Personal Finance education is of more importance than ever before, as money and banking have become much more complicated over the last few decades. Children are also involved in money matters and banking at much younger ages. This year’s national My Money Week coincided with some free slots in Block 3 and 4 PSHE time, and so I took on the task of covering as much as I could about personal finance and making sensible decisions with money in a mere 75 minutes. The students learnt how to read and interpret a bank statement, and understand what is meant by concepts such as overdrafts and credit, and the importance of budgeting and its use in planning income and expenditure over time. Next academic year, I hope to look with them at the bigger economic picture and the role of interest rates, the money supply, the importance of saving/delaying consumption, and the intricacies of the banking system. Read more.

By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.