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Balancing Technology and Textbooks

There is a line in one of the Smurf films, when the Smurf says “ooooo google” as the human character looks something up on the internet, and we do have that availability of information readily accessible to us in the modern world. This week there has been a debate in education circles about the value...

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Carpe Diem

I want to think that spring is here at the moment, but the British weather seems quite determined to ruin another Bank Holiday weekend. However, for our Year 11 students I am sure their focus this weekend will be on the English exam on Tuesday. I have always felt a sense of pride in schools when...

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Knowledge Is The Wing Wherewith We Fly

Last night was an excellent atmosphere at school with the Year 7 Parents Evening, and it was lovely to hear about so many students settling in well at Marshalls Park towards the end of their first year with us. One of the joys as a secondary teacher, and with all due respect to primary colleagues,...

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Cold Calling

A return to an educational theme today that has been in the press and dominating politics in the last few weeks, but an anecdote first. On the last day of term, I got a call from a fellow head and he started by saying “I know this is going to sound like a cold call,...

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Some Family Time!

Whilst I was away at Christmas, a good friend of mine (she is an Assistant Head, but her husband isn’t a teacher so provides good balance when we meet up) said that no doubt we won’t see you until at least Easter. Despite my protestations to the contrary, I knew she was right and that this...

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A Busy Time

Well life has been pretty busy since my last blog two weeks ago, and firstly many thanks to Mrs Essery for stepping in last week whilst I was on the Havering  Headteachers’ Conference. Interestingly,  last Friday one of the speakers at the conference was HMI Mark Phillips, from Ofsted, who was discussing the relationship between Ofsted...

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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...