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  • How to revise - the do's and dont's

    I was reminded this morning that the start of the exam period is less than three months away and with that comes the normal anxiety around preparing and revising.
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  • Why a supportive home life matters

    It feels like pressure and stress continue to mount for today's teenagers and new research from America suggests that teenagers in high achieving schools need the support of a strong family dynamic at home more than ever before. Research shows that levels of anxiety, depression and stress are...
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  • Teaching our children respect

    School is the training ground for many of the values and principles we tend to associate with success.
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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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  • Have we lost the ability to assess risk?

    I was struck by an interesting fact I heard the other day, it went something like this. When most existing parents were growing up, sometime during the 1980s and 1990s, 85% of children either walked or cycled to school, mostly unaccompanied. Today that figure has been completely reversed with 85...
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  • Assessment is the holy grail of tracking

    Teaching is not easy and it's made more difficult when government decides the best thing to improve standards is to change from letter grades to numbers at GCSE. To align ourselves with these changes and give the students the best chance of success Radnor House Sevenoaks has adopted the new n...
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  • Five ways to improve your child's homework

    Homework is a great opportunity to develop the correct working habits which will see your child through the next few years of their education. As a Parent myself I know it can be a painful way of spending time with your child but it is vital to get it right at an early age so they are properly eq...
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  • How education has changed in the past twenty years

    The National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services recently published its list of the top ten claims about successful school leadership. What struck me most clearly was the focus on soft skills, people management and empathy. I started my teaching career nearly 20 years...
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  • An exciting time for Radnor House Sevenoaks

    Radnor is returning this week after what feels like a long summer break. After two days of teacher training this week, I know everyone in school was looking forward to seeing the children again. We are opening our doors this year to 89 new students from Nursery through to Sixth Form and in tot...
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  • Head’s Speech For Prize Giving 2018

    Well let me start with a big thank you to our speaker today, Rebecca Stephens, for that superb description of her lifelong love affair with the mountains and also sincere congratulations from all of us on being the first British woman to summit Everest, quite an amazing achievement. Thank you als...
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  • Are we over diagnosing our kids with learning disabilities?

    Radnor has, like many independent secondary schools, recently completed its assessment process for entry into Year 7. We were fortunate this year to have lots of really wonderful children apply but one thing I've witnessed more regularly in recent years is the child who says they struggle wit...
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  • Returning to Radnor House Namakoko, Uganda

    The half term break in May was a great opportunity for me to 'pop' over to Uganda and catch up with Moses who is the Head and the rest of the team running our sister school in the rural setting of Namakoko on the edge of Lake Victoria. I was bowled over to see the progress the team had ma...
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