Which way to go?

The central message in this poem is that, in life, we are often presented with choices. When making a choice, one is required to make a decision. Here the author is viewing a choice as a fork in a path, it becomes clear that in life we must choose one direction or another, but itContinue reading “Which way to go?”

Fantastic Finds

Have you ever found something that you had lost?   That feeling of relief when you are reunited with whatever it is.  We all lose things all of the time.  I usually think that I have put it “in a safe place” whilst inwardly cursing myself for being careless and razing the house to the groundContinue reading “Fantastic Finds”

Marking and Feedback

Marking work and giving feedback is a really interesting topic. I am sure that everyone has childhood memories of red pen used liberally across work, the rows of ticks that made us happy and possible rows of crosses that made our hearts sink and a cursory comment by the teacher, “Very good! ” or theContinue reading “Marking and Feedback”


Are you a bucket filler or bucket drainer? There are two types of people bucket fillers and bucket dippers, consider please whether you are a filler or a dipper …. Imagine that every one of us carries an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us.Continue reading “Buckets”


What encouragement do you give your children to be brave? One of the personal values we hold dear at school is Courage.  Courage – having the ability to do something that frightens you – bravery.   For a moment, think about occasions when you have had to be brave, was it was doing something for theContinue reading “Courage”

Met a What?

Metacognition I have spoken many times to individual parents about the importance of preparing our children for the future and for life beyond school – preparing them with the skills they will need to be future ready, not just senior school ready.  Your children will be entering the workplace in the late 2030s early 2040sContinue reading “Met a What?”

“Don’t be so childish?”

Or should it be, “Don’t be so adultish?” “Don’t be so childish”  When were you last called childish –and what does it mean?  Were you insulted? It tends to have negative connotations, silliness, irrational behaviour and  stubbornness.  I don’t know about you, but I can think of adults who display all of those characteristics …..Continue reading ““Don’t be so childish?””


“Life is all about evolution. What looks like a mistake to others has been a milestone in my life. Even if people have betrayed me, even if my heart was broken, even if people misunderstood or judged me, I have learned from these incidents. We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from themContinue reading “Journeying”


On Armistice Day,  we walked as a school, to the War memorial on the Green.  Although not a long walk for adults, for our smallest children – and their little legs, this felt like quite a trek.  But it was important one to make.  As we walked, others from the local community walked past us,Continue reading “Remembering”


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