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Review; Refresh; Restart

A week to go until the end of term, so my last blog until the new term and next week is the newsletter…the norm, isn’t it? Seriously, I write to staff every day to give an update on government policy, what’s happening in school, and my reflection as to what will happen next; the other...

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Morale boosting

So many things that I could debate and focus on, I would just like to say what a great distraction the Homeletics have been; William Edwards organised it for the Thurrock schools and then asked us as a guest invite, but it has been great to see the communal reaction from our sporty (and some...

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A step forward

I know is nothing like being fully open, but this week has been wonderful to see students in school again; to have those human interactions and to have deeper conversations about their well-being and work. My heart felt gratitude to all the parents for their support, but particularly Mrs Collins (and her tutor team) for...

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Step by step

As you know I try to use the blog to give my insights in to the school, education and society [rather than a formal position per se that will always come out in letters], and I have been deliberating whether I should share my personal thoughts on re-opening. Anyway here goes… I finished my zoom...

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Choosing to be positive

For me this is has been a week of utterly opposing contrasts. The positive, we took a conscious decision, as this period extends, to encourage more work to be sent to teachers, shared on social media, and focus of conversations around how students are getting on. My conversation with Mrs Collins on Monday about Year...

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Special VE Day Retro Blog

Today appears to be the day that Admiral Donitz surrenders and the war in Europe will be over; since the death of Herr Hitler on the 30th April, it feels like it has only been a matter of time until the German nation surrenders and the war against the evil that is Nazism is over....

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The here and now

I will probably do another video message next week, but at the moment let’s go with the normality of a written blog. Equally, and unlike my last blog, it seems only appropriate to focus on the here and now, and therefore focus on Covid-19. A slightly different format this week, so you can read the...

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Our raison d’etre

It’s feels slightly odd writing a blog from home, especially given the volume of letters that I have written/co-authored in the last 2 weeks. It’s also feels strange that understandably the only thing that predominates the news and our thoughts is the Coronavirus pandemic, and yet my contributions to the debate would be so limited....

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Good reports

I received a letter this week from the coach driver of the ski party (I knew the trip had gone well, so wasn’t worried what he was going to say), but it was the most effervescent praise following a trip that I have received; without breaking confidence of the communication too much, he spoke about...

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To reflect and look forward

It’s been slightly surreal this week at work in a post-Ofsted phase; we can say very little about the experience until 5 days before the report goes live on the Ofsted website (that takes about 3-5 weeks), but naturally parents, students and staff alike are speculating on its content. As such this week has felt...