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The ex-head of Harrow who now offers advice on plumbing and hairdressing

After a career in elite schools, Barnaby Lenon has written a book on vocational education, called Other People’s Children. Why? If you were a publisher wanting a book about what happens to those who fall in the bottom 50% academically, you probably wouldn’t choose a 64-year-old former headmaster of Harrow to write it. Nor perhaps would you choose the title Other People’s Children , with the implication that the offspring of book readers are bound to be high achievers. Nevertheless, Barnaby Lenon – who, apart from a term at Holland Park comprehensive in London, spent his entire teaching career in top private schools such as Eton and Highgate (north London) before becoming head at Harrow in 1999 – found a publisher for just such a book, published this summer. “It was quite presumptuous of me to write this book,” he confesses at the London offices of the Independent Schools Council, a lobbying organisation for the fee-charging sector, which he has chaired since he left Harrow in 2011. “It was a subject of which I knew very little,” he admits. “I’ve spent my life working with pupils who do A-levels and go to university.” He started researching it, he says, because he was then on the board of Ofqual, the exams regulator, which was switching its attention from GCSE and A-level reform to vocational qualifications. “It was difficult to find a simple guide to vocational education. So I thought: I’ll write one.” Continue reading...
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