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Shaping Aspirations

I have often wondered why it is that adults ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Is it out of general curiosity, a polite conversation starter or maybe out of a genuine interest in the…

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A Smooth Transition

There are moments in any child’s journey through school that remain pivotal to a smooth and enjoyable experience. Any teacher would be able to create a lengthy list of what these moments are and each would endeavour to create an…

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From Pod to Plate

One of my most treasured childhood memories is of my great, grandfather’s garden. I would spend my visits to his house almost entirely outside in a garden that inspired awe and wonder in me. It really was the most magical…

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Pastoral Care of Learners

As a practising school leader, my most important responsibility is not to educate the child in my care but to ensure they are safe and hopefully happy. It is only when these two pre-conditions are met that any young person…

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School Readiness

Starting school is a very exciting time for children but can also make them feel nervous, anxious and scared. Children need to feel settled, calm and safe, and a little preparation from their homes can really help with the transition….

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Professional Development for Learners

One of the very few topics educationalists totally agree upon is the importance of continuing professional development for teaching and support staff. This may seem so obvious as to need no further explanation but this would be to underestimate the…

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