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Sport for mind and body

Sports Day brings everyone together, win or lose, lessons are learned and experiences are shared, memories made and records broken. A successful school Sports Day will bring students, staff and parents together as everyone takes part in some way to make it such a memorable day.  Continue reading “Sport for mind and body”


My 2018 Pledge

2018 is all about getting fit for forty! Everyone I know who has already reached this age or, like me, is close to hitting this landmark feels the same – we still feel like 25 years old and wonder how this is happening already. Continue reading “My 2018 Pledge”

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Sixth Form – how we increased our numbers

A record number of our year 11 students signed up to our sixth form this September. Not only that, we’ve also attracted students from outside to come and study our A Level programme. Continue reading “Sixth Form – how we increased our numbers”

Your wellbeing

Wellbeing continues to be a hot topic in 2017: work demands are high and so to are the number of teachers leaving the profession. What pledge will you make for yourself to maintain or improve your work-life balance?  Continue reading “Your wellbeing”

Do international schools value quality teaching and learning?

The last day of the academic year and the last day at my second international school – it’s always the same – you’re wrapping up the year, clearing your office, delivering lessons, assemblies, planning for September and so on…you think you are in control and then boom! The final hour is here! Continue reading “Do international schools value quality teaching and learning?”

One of my most important teaching strategies – smiling!

Within seconds of getting out of my car I’ve smiled and said “good morning” to a colleague, by the time I’ve walked to my office at 07:00 I’ve smiled and spoken with three early bird students.  Continue reading “One of my most important teaching strategies – smiling!”

Lesson study 2016 – reflection

Having now been through one full lesson study I can confidently say that this CPD pathway has certainly bought advantages to our teachers and our school. Would I do lesson study again? Most definitely. Continue reading “Lesson study 2016 – reflection”

Are my students actually learning?

The most effective way to test student understanding is to do it while the lesson’s still going. Take advantage of the moment. Continue reading “Are my students actually learning?”

#15MinForum: Active learning

Deputy Head Jeff Ison got our #15MinForum active this week and shared theory and strategies for active learning in the classroom. Continue reading “#15MinForum: Active learning”

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