New HMC magazine raises debate in education

A new magazine featuring insights and opinion from leading figures in education will be launched tomorrow (Monday 2 December 2013).

Articles in the first issue of Insight, the new magazine of HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) – a professional association representing the heads of leading independent schools – include: 

  • Why Tony Little (Eton College) thinks more needs to be done to ensure teaching is seen as a vocation not just a profession,

  • How Adam Pettitt (Highgate School) and Tim Hands (HMC Chairman and Master of Magdalen College School, Oxford) are challenging HM Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, after his comments at the recent HMC Annual Conference,

  • Why pastoral care offers a lifeline to young people in schools by Ian Baukham, ASCL president,

  • And an open letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Sir Professor Keith Burnett to members of HMC.

Insight will appear twice each year in November and May. While printed copies will be for HMC members primarily, it can also be viewed online and downloaded from

Insight editor, James Priory, head of Portsmouth Grammar School and member of HMC, says: “HMC’s new magazine has been designed to enable more than 250 leading independent schools to share their vision and experience of educating young people today. Our schools have a significant contribution to make to the wider debate about education and Insight is being launched with exactly this purpose in mind.”


Contact: Melanie Hammond, HMC communications manager, [email protected], tel: 07760 889008.

Notes for Editors:
HMC (the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world's leading independent schools. HMC has 260 members in the British Isles and a further 60 international members. Our members lead schools that are distinguished by their excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. Members of HMC have met annually in conference since the first meeting in 1869. HMC today is a thriving, pro-active Association of leading figures in school education.