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The Value of the Teaching Assistant

In the eyes of many primary school children most of the adults that they encounter within the school environment are quite simply, their teachers. The children will be sure to have a favourite ‘teacher’ regardless of the qualifications held by…

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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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