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Thring of Uppingham

Nigel Richardson

Edward Thring (1821-1887), who founded the Headmasters’ Conference of prominent schools in Britain in 1869, was the best-known headmaster of his generation.

Formed by a nature-loving childhood in rural Somerset, survival in the notorious Long Chamber at Eton, a fellowship at King’s College Cambridge and a harrowing curacy in the slums of Gloucester, he developed the conviction that education was God’s work. This in turn led him to a passionate belief in the potential of every child.

During 34 years from 1853 he transformed a small grammar school in Uppingham into a widely-celebrated boarding school with an international clientele. He battled against intransigent governors, growing debts and the encroachment of government control over every type of school. After facing potential disaster from a series of typhoid outbreaks he relocated his staff and pupils to Borth in mid-Wales for an entire year, returning only after securing radical improvements in Uppingham’s drainage and water supply.

Although dismissively labelled ‘the enthusiast Mr Thring’ by the Cambridge philosopher Henry Sidgwick and ‘King of Boys’ by other critics, his social conscience led to the founding of a mission in London’s East End, the first venture of its type. Through two books, Education and School (1864) and The Theory and Practice of Teaching (1883) he provided a blueprint for high-quality boarding schools, a broad curriculum and child-centred teaching methods at all age-groups in primary and secondary education. Teachers, educationalists and former pupils from home and abroad beat a path to his door. Late in life he became deeply interested in educational opportunities for women.

Despite his achievements Thring remained an establishment outsider, denied preferment by church, state and the academic world. His final years were marred by family sorrow and a bitter battle with his governors and the Charity Commission as, determined to remain his independence, he paid a high financial price for his principles.

This is the first modern biography of this multi-faceted and emotionally complex man.

ISBN 9781908684059

Price: £25.00

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Addicted to Distraction

Bruce Charlton

Addicted  to  Distraction  by  Bruce  G Charlton is a brilliant, pithy, and incisive analysis and condemnation of the modern mass media and its semipurposeful agenda of permanent revolution, permanent hysteria, and permanent chaos.

His comments are as cutting as the scalpel of a surgeon performing an autopsy, and his insights as bright and clear as the merciless lights in an operating theater.

Can a fish drown? Can it even notice the waters in which it lives and moves? No more than we can notice the totalitarian relativism of the modern mass media.

The Mass Media is a roaring, grinding attention-grabbing machine which operates with no set purpose; except the purpose to subvert, uncreate, mock and destroy. It does not matter what the media destroys. Pointless subversion is the point of the media, and the medium is the message.

By all means read and understand this book ... and then go out by yourself into the calm and silent wilderness for a year.
John C Wright

In this groundbreaking study, Bruce Charlton sheds brilliant light on basic features of our current situation. He develops Marshall McLuhan’s insight that “the medium is the message” into a deeply illuminating account of the mass media as a self-sustaining techno-cultural system that absorbs the whole of human life into a virtual world of willfulness and unreality.
James Kalb

Paperback ISBN 978-1-908684-41-7

Price: £10.00

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11 + Essentials Short Numerical Reasoning 1 

The FIRST PAST THE POST 11+ Essentials Tests follow in the success of the FIRST PAST THE POST 11+ Practice Papers formulated by on-line market leader ElevenPlusExams.This new series addresses the important new market for CEM-style exams. Though preparation for CEM-style exams is meant to be difficult, these materials introduce disciplines which emphasise logical problem-solving, practise various question types and encourage lateral thinking.

Now increasingly common in 11 plus and common entrance exams, numerical reasoning questions are typically worded problems requiring comprehension and mathematical manipulation of facts and figures presented. Designed to measure the ability to interpret, analyse and draw conclusions from tables and graphs, these problems are often multi-part, requiring several conclusions to be drawn or evaluated from the same initial information. Although some mathematical ability is required, the primary element being measured is the ability to reason with the facts.

This series of mini-tests is representative of the numerical reasoning section of contemporary multi-discipline 11 plus exams that typically have two papers covering several subjects such as verbal and non-verbal reasoning, comprehensions and numerical reasoning. This publication complements the Book 1 edition, with questions packaged as mini-tests. They are suitable as practice for independent schools and new style 11 plus ­­­exams.

Extensively road-tested by ElevenPlusExams, these tests are best used as real exam practice to benchmark your child’s performance.  The on-line service helps identify areas for improvement and, crucially, gauge peer comparison. They are perfect for use both in the classroom and at home.

ISBN 9781908684431

Price: £6.99

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British Jewry since Emancipation 

Geoffrey Alderman

This is a comprehensive history of the Jews of the United Kingdom since emancipation in the mid-nineteenth century until the summer of 2013. Originally conceived as a natural sequel to the History of the Jews in England, by Dr Cecil Roth, which ended with the granting of full political equality in 1858, it is also an important onward departure from Professor Alderman’s previous work, Modern British Jewry.

Here Geoffrey Alderman takes the story forward, from an examination of the social structure and economic base of Jewish communities in Victorian England, through the great immigrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the development of the Zionist movement in Britain, to address contemporary history and issues.

Taking account of the most recent research and based on a wealth of sources, here is the most authoritative and definitive history of modern British Jewry currently available.

Acclaim for Modern British Jewry

“This is an exceptional work, a classic of its genre”
Times Higher Education Supplement

“He writes with authority, his industry is impressive, his research is wide-ranging and thorough. He makes some startling revelations… Serious students of Jewish history will treasure it for its wealth of detail, its candour, and the light it throws on obscure corners of Jewish life”
Jewish Chronicle

“An engrossing book, lucidly written, scrupulously annotated”
New Statesman & Society

ISBN 9781908684387

Price: £45.00

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