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

It’s time to take a broader view on selection…why choosing only the most able for medical school is serving General Practice so badly.

Since starting headship, I have 37 generations of pupils leave secondary age at 16, fired up for Sixth Form or the world of college and work. My experience will be little different than that shown by longer term research data … Continue reading

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7 years down the line – “We told you so!”

Over the past 7 years on the, I have raised a number of sensitive issues, one of which was the permissions parents have chosen to give to their children with regards to the use of mobile phones. Here’s me … Continue reading

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“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

So far, it has been a good summer term, all being equal. The weather has been sufficiently kind to us on the good days, for us not to mind about the wet ones. Work for all in education has remained … Continue reading

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A culture of research v sabbatical leave

Dateline: Friday 4 May 2018 Problem: Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in England Headline:┬áTeachers to be offered year’s paid sabbatical to improve retention I won’t be the only head/teacher listening to the news headlines or indeed reading these proposals in … Continue reading

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Lessons from History – what learning looks like some 100 years on.

Last weekend, 40 boys and girls from Year 10 spent 2 days on the Ypres Salient in Belgium. It’s difficult to emphasise just what an important experience this is for any person, in part because the lies from their leaders, … Continue reading

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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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