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About jameswilding

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

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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The Fascination of What’s Difficult – W.B. Yeats

“The fascination of what’s difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content Out of my heart. There’s something ails our colt That must, as if it had not holy blood Nor on … Continue reading

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Academic Principal’s End of Term message – Christmas 2017

Imagine my surprise when the girls of Year 5 presented via Santa the postman the Christmas card you see me holding here in the picture. “To Mr Wilding” it said. I have never, ever (forgive a failing mind, by the … Continue reading

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Why every child has a chance to become a genius in 2018!

Every user of social media will have come across the many and varied video streams that set out to educate and inspire each day. Here’s one from Goalcast, covering musician/comedian Tim Minchin’s acceptance speech of an Honorary doctorate from the … Continue reading

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