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“Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger” – Lessons from Medicine that need to move into Education.

There is a rising tide of mental health issues across the world, affecting most age groups, influencing young people irrespective or race, colour or gender. There’s also a matching growth of opinion that suggests that the causation of these problems arises because … Continue reading

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Developing wider employability skills – the Magnificent Seven.

A new Parliament, a re-arranged set of ministers, and we see both in national press and education journals the re-opening of a variety of debates that have been with us all my teaching lifetime. Some writers, such as Will Hutton … Continue reading

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“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson

Parent Ambassadors and PTA supporters – don’t you just love them! Continue reading

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‘A day in the Life of a CCJB’ – How school environment matters.

Those whose reading list includes the Claires Court Sixth Form Bulletin will know their newsletter has been running with a Thomas Edison quote this term – ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The certain way to succeed is always to try … Continue reading

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“You don’t need the eyes to see; you need vision.”

David Wilding, my father, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in his late 20s, was warned that he might be blind within 5 years, but happily kept his sight (albeit ever decreasing) for another 50. In 1960, he left the … Continue reading

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Time for the development of a Parent Ambassador programme…”Claires Court Parent Voice”?

Claires Court Ambassador Programme ­ “Parent Voice” Proposals It is an interesting truism in life that if you want something done, do it yourself. Actually, it is a Factoid – one of those oft repeated phrases that becomes true because … Continue reading

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Satire should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

It’s election day and all over the media are the Good, Bad and Ugly thoughts about today’s General Election.  I particularly liked the SkyNews teams General Affection Ballad: The most remarkable aspect this time around is that the most lauded … Continue reading

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