On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

10th January 2014 at 00:00

This week: Tatler

So it seems that the well-heeled have it just as tough as the rest of us. Every parent wants to give their child the best, of course, but what if the school fees demanded by top private schools are simply out of reach?

Fear not! Tatler has the answer. According to the bible of the high society crowd, the key is simply to go to a regular state school and mix with the plebs. After all, as the magazine puts it, "when you do finally get into the Cabinet, everyone will love you because you didn't go to Eton". Well, quite.

Of course, a publication like this isn't referring to any old state school. Although we in education know that fantastic teaching can be found anywhere - in state and private establishment alike - Tatler seems to think that most of the UK's best government-run schools are based in West London and the Home Counties.

Moreover, proving that it will never replace Education Scotland, the magazine rates these according to credentials such as being "very cakey" and the fact that "Yasmin Le Bon is a former pupil" - the model wife of Duran Duran frontman Simon being the very pinnacle of achieved potential.

So, Tatler, to the naughty step with you, where you'll find that a map of the UK and a sense of perspective awaits. You may have proclaimed "We are not idiots" - we at TESS Towers are yet to be convinced.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now