Author Archives: Ed Elliott, Head

Listening to the lessons of history

I am passionate about the importance of history in the school curriculum.  Humankind has a depressing tendency to make the same mistakes time after time, so it is crucial that children are exposed to history and given the opportunity to … Continue reading

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A vote for education

The smoke from the New Year’s Eve fireworks had barely dispersed before the political pyrotechnics of the 2015 General Election campaign began.  Education, alongside health and the economy, will feature prominently in the political point scoring set to dominate the … Continue reading

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How to spend Christmas well

I looked out over a sea of colour when taking my last assembly of the year;  Rudolph, Santa, elves and even the odd Elsa gazed back at me. Students and staff of the Perse Upper were enthusiastically supporting Save the … Continue reading

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Tailoring the exam system

We teachers like to moan, and British teachers arguably do it better than most – gentle moaning is after all a favourite national pastime. At the SAGE Beijing conference I couldn’t resist a little whinge to my peers from other … Continue reading

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‘Nothing’ ventured, ‘nothing’ gained

How is it possible that, as an independent school Head, I prefer the Secretary of State for Education to be State school educated? The reason is because I know that if they are not, the decision made by parents decades … Continue reading

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A sense of perspective

I always enjoy watching episodes of Father Ted. One of my favourites involves the hapless Father Dougal struggling to grasp the size difference between small toy cows and ‘small’, far away cows, grazing in a distant field. It is a … Continue reading

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Is the 21st century teacher a modern day ‘Mr or Mrs Motivator’?

Guest blog by Susannah Covey, Head of Year 10 and teacher of history Recently The Times reported on new research by academics at Warwick Business School that found students who cut it fine in meeting their deadlines got lower grades. The … Continue reading

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