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The ten second challenge goes viral

Over two decades of teaching I have practised the ten second challenge which gives pupils who commit occasional minor misdemeanours (such as forgetting a book) the opportunity to talk their way out of a punishment.  Rather than copying out lines, … Continue reading

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Talking tough on teacher standards

Rigour is a word that Michael Gove likes.  We are to have rigorous public exams, rigour in the teaching profession, a rigorous approach to school accountability, perhaps even the Department for Rigour. As Head of a leading independent school I … Continue reading

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Children should be seen and heard

Most of us of a certain generation had one… a formidable great aunt who believed that “children should be seen and not heard”.  My great aunt Mildred was a classic of the genre; she had a kind heart but it was … Continue reading

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Could changing school holidays improve educational attainment?

In these cash strapped time heads need to identify low or no cost ways of improving pupil performance.  Unsurprisingly opportunities for educational gain without financial pain have been well scrutinised, and any that remain untouched do so because they are … Continue reading

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As rare as hens’ teeth

There are many things Heads don’t like receiving including parental complaints and poor examination results, but high on the list will be letters of resignation from Maths, Physics and Economics teachers.  The reason is simple; the UK is running out … Continue reading

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