Start of a new year

Start of a new year

Sep 12, 2016

Its strange – when the children come back I do almost wish them a “Happy New Year!” The misalignment of the calendar and academic years is always a bit confusing. Mix in the April to April nature of the financial year and you have a wonderfully convoluted and inefficient system that seems to typify us […]

Children’s perspectives
More assessment news…

More assessment news…

Feb 22, 2016

I have been writing to various organisations to express my concerns with the new assessment systems. The Standards and Testing Agency initially were sympathetic on the phone, but the follow up emails were stock answers and in places contradictory. I also contacted the British Dyslexia Society to see if they would support the issues raised […]

Writing and equality…

Writing and equality…

Feb 1, 2016

To start this post, consider the following. Is it possible to have capable or even gifted writers who struggle with spelling? Can dyslexic children who find spelling a bit of a mystery be gifted writers despite this? I would argue that in many¬†cases yes (consider Henry Winkler above…). One of the most gifted writers I […]

League tables

League tables

Dec 14, 2015

Apologies – it has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote my blog. From time to time, my workload reaches critical levels and I simply have not had the time to do this… Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, but we are so busy with various shows and productions – […]

Art and Culture

Art and Culture

Nov 30, 2015

This week I attended a “development day” to further improve the Arts and Cultural education in the school. Artsmark has been something that has provided a framework to quality assure provision in schools and Patcham Juniors has a proud reputation for excellence in this area, being one of the few schools to have held the […]

Takeover Day

Nov 21, 2015

Pupil voice is an area I have always been very interested in. When I was training to be a headteacher I did quite a lot of work on pupil voice and explored the ways in which different schools enabled pupils to engage with their own learning, the running of the school and developing projects and […]

Success!

Success!

Nov 18, 2015

This week I met with the Local Authority adviser who works with us to both support and challenge the school leadership in order to ensure we deliver the high quality education our children deserve. We carried out the annual data review, which most of the time for most schools involves looking at the areas that […]

Together everyone achieves more

Together everyone achieves more

Nov 9, 2015

On Monday we held a joint INSET day with Patcham High School and Westdene Primary School. It was the first time the schools have come together in this way for a joint staff training day, but it proved really useful and interesting for all involved. The focus was improving writing across the curriculum – not […]

2022 – a year to look forward to!

Oct 13, 2015

2022 will be a year to look forward to for junior schools. By this date, we will finally have a baseline measure for pupils from the point they join school in reception feeding through to us in year 6. This promises to level the playing field between primary schools and the infant-junior system! Further to […]

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