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Questions, myths and realities

Apologies about the lack of the blog last week: like many humans, I am creature of habit, and I always write the blog at the start of Friday morning (having largely planned it in my head on the journey in), but sometimes events get in the way, and last Friday was one of those days...

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The Pleasure of a Learning Walk

I remember a few years ago when the phrase learning walk became really contentious in education because it was seen that we (meaning senior staff) were making judgements about individual teachers, but nothing could be further from the truth. The purpose of these walks is go a little deeper than the regular corridor walks, and...

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The Hot Topic of “Show My Homework”

Homework for me has a number of purposes. Firstly: it allows students to reinforce learning away from the pressure of the learning environment, and that feeling of ‘my best friend gets the work and I don’t want to show the others in the class that I don’t’; secondly, it is about establishing good learning habits,...

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How many people does it take to catch a rabbit?

We hosted the Tea in the Quad event on Tuesday; in the drizzle for the 2nd year running, so it became tea in the library again. This is where where we meet our new Year 7 students that need that little bit of extra nurturing as they start their time at Marshalls Park. It was...

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Celebration, Mystery and Some Farewells

It has been a week full of events in school, and it has provided an opportunity for huge amounts of students’ engagement. We had Sports Day on Tuesday, as well as the District Sports yesterday, and this allowed both the mass participation from form groups alongside the individual achievements. I was pleased that a number...

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New Surroundings

It was lovely getting to meet our new Year 7 students yesterday, and watching them easing in to their surroundings. There is, of course, the apprehension, the nerves, the anxiety, and the worry, but also the excitement, the anticipation and the thrill of new experiences. I hasten to add I am talking about the students,...

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Recognition and Resilience

Last night saw the inaugural Havering Learning Partnership Awards; an event that was designed to celebrate those colleagues that have made a significant contribution to each secondary school and post-16 colleges’ students. I admit that I have very mixed feelings at a personal level about choosing staff in different categories, but I wanted to support...

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Many Opportunities

It was lovely to meet the Year 6 parents and students last night ahead of their Induction days in two weeks’ time. This year, we are doing two days of Induction as I think it is good for the students to have the opportunity to reflect overnight about their experiences, and then return the next...

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Britain’s Future

As we wake up to an uncertain future in the country’s political landscape, it will be a strange time in the public sector; where will public policy take us, who will shape the agenda, and what will funding look like. Equally, as someone interested in politics, it is fascinating that in recent elections that we...

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Half Term Arrives

As ever before half term, I will keep my blog relatively short with the newsletter to follow later, and indeed it sees another busy half term draw to close, albeit with the various revision sessions over the next week there will be a lot of staff and Year 11 students that don’t have much of...