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  • Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week.

    I am not sure appreciation is a gift to give or receive once a year like a birthday present.  
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  • Lockdown effects on early language and communication

    Our outstanding Head of Pre Prep, Ms Faye Green, has reflected on the recent BBC report regarding the negative effects of lockdown on speech and language skill development in EYFS.  Here’s what she has to say:
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  • Ingenuity comes from Perseverance…

    Nearly 60 years ago, JFK famously set the challenge to put humans on the Moon.  Now, NASA engineers have successfully flown a helicopter drone on Mars.
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  • I fear for the sanity of our youth in lockdown.

    Recently published research from the Education Policy Institute and The Prince’s Trust concluded that teenagers’ mental health is on the decline. 
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  • “All shall be well…”

    As we approach the end of 2020 it seems right to reflect upon this unusual year.
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  • Our children’s learning and mental health depend on robust digital solutions in lockdown

    The news continues to be dominated by coronavirus and the statistics seem determined to move in the wrong direction.  We must all play our part to keep our communities safe and healthy.
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  • A proper education is so much more than just the qualifications achieved

    Education is the most precious gift we give to the next generation because it provides young people with the opportunity to carve out a successful future for themselves.  Young people understand this too, which explains the outpouring of anxiety and emotion since A-level results were released l...
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  • Now is the time to ensure your child’s school is future-proof

    Two threads of news have been grabbing my attention recently amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Namely, the damaging consequences of ongoing school closures and the risk of permanent closure facing some independent schools.  Now, more than ever, parents need to feel confident that their schoo...
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  • In a real or virtual world, it’s all about relationships

    The rise of artificial intelligence, robotic technology and automation more generally has had a significant impact in the workplace and the way in which we interact with each other. 
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  • Why school choice is even more important in these uncertain times

    O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't. — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[6]
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  • A parent's guide to home learning

    Just when you thought you had parenting figured out and your children settled at school...Coronavirus hits like a freight train.  Schools are suddenly shut, children are at home all day and with little warning you are expected to act as class teacher, teaching assistant, subject specialist, PE...
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  • Are grammar schools really the holy grail?

    UCL published some interesting research in May exploring the link between grammar schools and social outcomes. Their main finding in the research was that children who attend grammar schools did not gain an advantage over similar children by the age of 14. The researchers explored a...
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