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Boys versus Girls

For centuries, boys have outshone girls in every aspect of schooling – from their first day in formal education, up until the point of graduation at university level. However, the modern trend has seen a sharp shift in achievement levels…

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Physical Literacy

When many people hear the word literacy they think about being able to read and write. However, literacy is not just the ability to read and write but it also means to have competence and knowledge in a specific area….

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CPD – Just Ask the Teachers

For many teachers, finding a school that provides a strong and ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), is an important factor in their professional decision-making. Many schools have come to the realisation that to attract and retain excellent teachers…

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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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