Using competition to stretch and not strain our pupils

Last year, as part of the TES Independent School Awards, we hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of school senior leaders about competition in schools. Competition can be a positive tool that helps children really challenge themselves but if not managed carefully, can cause pupils to lose confidence in their abilities or place unrealistic expectations on themselves. So how can schools use competition in a healthy way to get the most from the pupils they teach?

Our panel included Kevin Knibbs, Headmaster of Hampton School and Paul Mitchell, Headmaster of Cobham Hall who sat alongside Deborah Fisher from SIMS Independent, and was chaired by our popular regular blogger Jill Berry.

Find out the panel's top tips for using competition in a way to help pupils thrive in our report.