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

“Ideas are not always responsible for the people that have them” – Katharine Whitehorn

Richard Wells, former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire wrote to the Times this week, in order to pay tribute to this less well known quote of the recently deceased journalist, author and broadcaster, Katharine Whitehorn. He explains how over a … Continue reading

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Managing assessment and feedback during a pandemic – failing safe is a great plan.

As our Lent Term 2021 gets firmly underway, our remote learning provision at Claires Court seems to have eased through the gears without too many difficulties. As #clairescourt settles into the groove of the weekly cut&mow, here’s the elements in … Continue reading

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Into the New Lent Term 2021 – Baby steps…

My very short Late Advent headline indicated “Follow the Science”, as I entered 6 days of track&trace for our community after the end of term. Our school community data is not large enough to represent a wider community, and as … Continue reading

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A late Advent message…”follow the science!”

This posted headline in advance of my completion of 6 days of Covid-19. Track& Trace remains alive, the question remaining” is growth exponential?

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Education: Where the big picture hits the little things.

When we learned that one of our nursery children had contracted coronavirus, we knew that, for some, their Christmas was to be delayed this year. Nowhere within Claires Court is the story and celebration of Our Lord’s birthday more keenly … Continue reading

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Making a difference…

THE MAIN ITEM FOLLOWS THIS SHORT CALL TO ACTION: If there is one thing I would wish supportive readers of my blog to do, it is to write an email of support for our campus planning application appeal to  tim.salter@planninginspectorate.gov.uk … Continue reading

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COVID SENSE FROM DR FAUCI

On a weekly basis, I receive an Education update newsletter from Gordon Collins, of Careers & Education Services. Gordon highlights the work of Anthony Stephen Fauci, the american physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National … Continue reading

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Thank you Colleagues!!!

Just a quick note to thank all of my hardworking colleagues at Claires Court for the incredible week or so of heavy lifting all have engaged in across the 3 sites and additional sports/outdoor education venues. Nothing is normal about … Continue reading

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The language of power and inequality in education and leadership

I find Radio 4’s specialist programmes during the day remarkably good at bringing together sufficient expertise in areas of considerable complexity and bring clarity at a time when problems seem too complex to deal with. On the Tuesday edition this … Continue reading

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“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.” Tom Stoppard

The full quotation from which I have drawn my headline is really worth reading: “Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what … Continue reading

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