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Boys’ Achievement

The gender gap between boys and girls is much talked about, with girls generally outperforming boys at every stage in formal education. The underperformance of boys at Darton is currently a key focus across all departments. Here are some thoughts and reflections; I am blessed with three wonderful boys,...

The joy of reading?

I’ve recently dipped back into a book I read a number of years ago; Readicide: How Schools are killing reading and what you can do about it by Kelly Gallagher. Read-i-cide is defined as: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices...

To, with, for or not?

As part of our work with Mark Finnis developing Restorative Practice he shared the Social Discipline window. The underlying premise of Restorative Practice rests with the belief that people will make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for...

Great Teaching

During the summer break I fell across a blog post by Chris Husbands – Great teachers or great teaching? Why McKinsey got it wrong. The original blog post can be found here The post resonated with me and got me thinking. I was particularly struck by the equation that...

Learning Environments!

JP and I had a great morning with Pedagogy Leaders on Thursday. It was great to see that in some areas of school there is a really strong understanding of what great learning environments are. When I first took up post as Principal of Darton College I have to admit...

Great teachers. Great learners.

I talk a lot about schools being learning centred organisations – it seems obvious really doesn’t it! Schools should be hubs of learning in our communities. Places where our young people are able to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise, be given appropriate challenge and build the characteristics and...

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