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  • School Culture and Student Behaviour

    27 March 2017
    Last week, the Government's behaviour 'guru' Tom Bennett published his review of students' behaviour in schools.  The review highlighted areas where, in the author's opinion, many schools are still struggling to achieve consistently high standards of behaviour amongst their students.  The review suggests that, in many classrooms, disruption to learning is common and that as a result learning is frequently being impeded.

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  • The effective teacher

    9 January 2017
    Carried along by the Christmas and New Year celebrations as we have been, you may have missed a major new educational report from Pearson which appeared last month.  Based upon feedback from teachers, students, parents, headteachers and policy makers, the report attempts to identify the key features which combine to make an effective teacher.  It is worth quoting the top ten aspects identified by English respondents to the survey in the order of importance they were given:

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  • Cultural Capital

    23 November 2015
    We have lots of talented and ambitious students at Wren. They are polite, socially responsible, enterprising and hard working.  We know that our students are well prepared for their external exams and that they achieve exceptionally well. I wonder, however, whether all of these qualities are enough to give our students all that they need to succeed in the world beyond school. 

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  • Bigger is better?

    8 October 2015
    Wren parents will be aware that we are currently bidding to open a free school. If we are successful, this new school will join in a multi-academy trust along with the existing Wren Academy. 

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  • Start of Term

    7 September 2015
    It has been a really enjoyable start to the new term at Wren. Everyone came back in a positive mood following the summer's excellent exam results. 

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  • You can lead a horse to water...

    20 July 2015
    I love our annual Activities Week. It is a time when we can leave lessons behind for a few days and concentrate on encouraging the students to enjoy themselves.

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  • The premature demise of French...

    17 June 2015
    A couple of months ago I wrote in this blog about the direction of the secondary curriculum over the next five years, including the reduction in importance of modern foreign languages.  Can I ask readers to disregard that article?

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  • Important - But Dull

    5 June 2015
    My assembly this week has been the catchily titled 'Some Less Exciting Skills'.  I considered, and rejected, calling it 'Important - But Dull' on the basis that the audience might focus upon the dull and ignore the important.

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  • Educational Philosophy

    22 May 2015
    Those of us who work in schools run the constant risk of becoming preoccupied with the day to day.  For schools to thrive, it is crucial that we keep abreast of the most current thinking about how children learn and what education is for. 

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  • Best 8

    21 April 2015
    The Government has made it clear that secondary school students will be taking fewer subjects in greater depth at GCSE in future.  This move appears a definite, whoever wins next month's election.  The terms 'progress 8' and 'attainment 8' will become very familiar to parents over the next few years.  At Wren, like in other forward thinking schools, we are already making the adjustments to the curriculum necessary to introduce the amended curriculum requirements.

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