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Let it Flow

posted on October 2nd 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Noel Coward once observed that ‘work is more fun than what most people call fun’. I am not sure I would have agreed with him when I was twenty-five, but now I am closing in on fifty I can definitely see his point. No job is fun all the time, otherwise someone would come along

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Making a Noise for Quiet People

posted on September 13th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

In modern schooling we are expected, quite rightly, to consider the experience and needs of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD and other special educational needs. I think, however, that there is a much larger group of people (probably around half the population) who can very easily be marginalised and even oppressed by the contemporary educational

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Senior Deputy Head’s Blog – Prize-Giving Ceremonies

posted on July 5th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Are Prize-Giving ceremonies elitist and demotivating? The Guardian reported in July 2017 findings from a survey that 57% of parents with children in primary school said their sports day was ‘non-competitive’.  In 2015 The Telegraph ran an article on how at Eton years ago all boys were herded into the school hall and their exam

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Headmasters’ Blog – Anomie

posted on June 28th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Mental Health, Anomie and Schools.  In The Times recently there was an article which states that, “Family doctors say that they are the ‘new clergy’ and need to know what to do when patients come to them lacking meaning and purpose in life.’ This is a new one on me, and would appear to be

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Headmasters’ Blog – Co-Ed Debate

posted on June 21st 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Co-ed versus single-sex education: a debate without substance. Given that our Senior School has recently taken the decision to admit boys with effect from September 2019, it seems timely to put down my thoughts on the long-standing educational and social debate of whether co-ed or single sex schooling is preferable. When considering any question such

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Headmaster Blog – Kids are not alright

posted on June 14th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

The kids are not alright, but that’s nothing to get worried about. I am occasionally baffled by the extent to which colleagues who have been working with teenagers for years are prone to express sudden and genuine outrage at the fact that a pupil has been particularly self-centred, aggressive, impulsive or moody. Mental health (or,

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Headmaster’s Blog – Honesty

posted on June 6th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

What teenagers need now is less inspiration and more honesty. I have become increasingly convinced that the mental health challenges the young face are, with the best of intentions, made worse by our constant desire to inspire and motivate them. The result can be endless assemblies about overcoming obstacles and challenging yourself to be the

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Headmaster’s Blog – Internet

posted on May 24th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Why the internet is making us all sad, mad and bad…  I cannot imagine life without the internet, and I cannot honestly remember what life was like before it came along. I purchase books on Audible and keep a library of songs on my phone. I book holidays, plan journeys, download articles and, increasingly, watch

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Headmaster’s Blog – Mental Health

posted on May 15th 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

The key thing we all need to grasp about mental health: it’s not binary. When it comes to the public discourse about mental health problems, we have come a long way in quite a short time. As recently as a decade ago, it would have taken considerable bravery on the part of a headteacher to

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Headmaster’s Blog – Revision

posted on May 2nd 2018 in Headmaster's Blog

Top ten tips for effective revision. As we draw near to the summer exams season, it seems timely to offer my top ten tips on effective revision. None of these tips are particularly original. They are common sense advice that can be found in many schools, but gathering them into one place on this blog

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