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Decision Time!

Mr Frost is attending the Annual Havering Headteacher’s Conference this week so it is up to me, as his Deputy, to hold the fort and write this week’s blog. I thought that I would begin where Mr Frost left off last week and refer back to World Book Day. In addition to the activities already...

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Problems In Maths

Be honest, how many people saw the heading and are now expecting a bad news story about Maths? Just the opposite, the Maths Department this week spent a training session explaining to colleagues across the school the way they engage students through problem solving. I have seen a few comments about wanting to get more...

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Not All Dentists Are Demons!

I like going to the dentist! Please don’t get me wrong, the fact that I have to have regular work on my lower jaw due to a left hook from a centre forward a few years back is not pleasurable, and I still can’t stand the noise the drill makes! However, as I step in...

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Half Term Reflections

As I write these comments, I have been reflecting on my first half term at Marshalls Park, and all of the different students, parents, colleagues and external visitors that I have met. Yesterday, I showed an ex-colleague around the school and he was full admiration for the students here, but also the high quality of...

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Taking The Stabilisers Off

I spoke briefly to the Year 9 Parents ahead of the Options Evening on Tuesday, and used the analogy of supporting children as they start to take more of an independent approach to their education. As parents, most of us will have had that moment when we take the stabilisers off our childrens’ bikes. We...

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Comforting Thoughts

The news today was focused on how attacks against teachers are on the rise: yesterday the educational press concentrated some of its articles on compensation pay outs for injured staff; and earlier in the week concerns were being raised about the recruitment crisis in finding colleagues that are prepared to go on to headship. So,...

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The Power Of Knowledge

I always try to watch the late news on television as a way of catching up with the day’s events, and  as an educational leader, two things struck me while I listened and reflected last night. My first reflection is: what do we mean by knowledge, and how little awareness there is around the reforms...

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We Can Be Heros

This week I have tried to spend a lot of time talking to external people about the school, to gain different perspectives and ensure that the school is gaining from as many external sources of support as possible. The disadvantage of this is that it takes me away from the school and talking to the...

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Introductory Blog

Welcome to my first Headteacher’s blog! I want to regularly communicate with parents, students, staff and the wider community by writing both about the school and observations on wider educational issues. To a certain extent, these will always represent my personal view on issues, as well as trying to capture the flavour and feel of Marshalls Park and...