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“You are not here merely to make a living.” Woodrow Wilson “You are, like the rest of us, likely to fail.” Susanne Thompson

The full quote by Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United State (1913-21) is “You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here … Continue reading

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Bells, Whistles and Doing the day job…

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Building Learning Power – welcome back to Claires Court – where the grass is always greener.

It has been a funny old holiday, drier than other summers I can remember, yet colder than most in recent years. Perhaps the Principals are to blame; in commissioning Agripower to seed some 15 acres of our new fields adjacent … Continue reading

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When Education fell under the spell of Mumbo-Jumbo…and was last seen disappearing from sight

11 years ago, Frances Wheen published ‘How Mumbo-Jumbo conquered the world’, his seminal debunking of the ‘new’ thinking of the Dot.Com boom and moral confusion arising from twaddle peddled by politicians. I have the paperback edition in my hands as I write, and … Continue reading

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Round-up of 2014-15

Leading the way… I have just completed my 40th year as a teacher. That might seem to some to be an anniversary worth celebrating, but as I plan to be around for some time still, I won’t overdose on champagne … Continue reading

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Is it a case of ‘the younger, the better’ for children learning a new language, or indeed, anything?

I love reading research. It’s the academic in me, I guess, speaking here, because without an evidence base, you can’t actually prove your point. And unless the evidence base is large, inclusive, sustained over a period of years, and the … Continue reading

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“Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger” – Lessons from Medicine that need to move into Education.

There is a rising tide of mental health issues across the world, affecting most age groups, influencing young people irrespective or race, colour or gender. There’s also a matching growth of opinion that suggests that the causation of these problems arises because … Continue reading

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