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Academic Principal Claires Court Schools Long term member & advocate of the Independent Schools Association

It’s been a long time coming, this end-of-winter-2017/18. For those very few that await my weekly blog, they’ll have noticed that it went missing this Lent 2018. That’s not to suggest the choice was not deliberate, it’s just that the … Continue reading

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April Fools day Post from The Learning Scientists – GUEST POST: How to Study Poorly

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“Teaching’s not rocket science – it’s more complex than that!” – Rachel Jackson

Amongst the busy life I lead as a school principal, leader, counsellor, mentor and blogger, I also teach classes, currently some Year 8 History and Year 9 Spanish. It’s important to note I have always taught, secondary and sixth form … Continue reading

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10 Year since “Man the lifeboats. The idiots are winning”; have we made progress?

Back in April 2018, Charlie Booker wrote this headline piece in The Guardian newspaper: Man the lifeboats. The idiots are winning. Last week I watched, open-mouthed, a Newsnight piece on the spread of “Brain Gym” in British schools. I’d read … Continue reading

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The Confidentiality paradox…

As ever within Claires Court School, it has been a busy week. And that for week beginning Monday 22 January is more than just an understatement! 3 things in the public arena plus 1 inspection visit from out of the … Continue reading

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Destination: PISA or ITALY for our children in schools?

Over recent years, the attention given by governments and the media to the outcomes from the international PISA assessments has become pretty intense. These assessments take place every three years, and their focus on the skills of 15 year olds … Continue reading

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Mr Wilding’s 9 lessons for learning in 2018

It’s that time of year when the Season in which we are expected to be jolly has passed and the school bells are soon to ring in the New Year. Here’s yours truly on Christmas Jumper day on end-of-term Friday, … Continue reading

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