Julian or Gregorian?

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14th June 2019- The Books That You Read As A Child Stay With You Forever

2 + 2 = ?

 

We have been discussing whole school literacy and oracy recently and thinking about how we can best encourage students to read for pleasure and to be confident talking about their different subjects in class. If you think back to your own time at school, you will have had…

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24th May 2019 - When It’s Done And All This Has Gone, Find A Feeling, Pass It On

The image above is from 1966 and it is the only photograph I have of my parents before they got married. In the picture my Dad is 18 and my mother is 16 and they seem completely oblivious to anything other than each other. My parents were married later that year and we gave them a framed copy of…

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10th May 2019 - 5 Years, What A Surprise

Year 11 have had a wonderful last day at the school and we will miss them. Five years has passed very quickly. Below are my comments from the Year Book that Mr Weaver and a dedicated group of Year 11 students worked tirelessly to produce. 

I have a vivid memory you arriving as year 7 students…

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3rd May 2019 What is the true cost of education?

If your wages decreased by 8% in real terms, what could you no longer afford to buy?

 

I was very fortunate to be appointed as Head Teacher of Durham Johnston in February. The interview process was very robust and I was asked a large number of challenging questions by governors, students and…

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29th March 2019 Ranking Full Stop

I have been writing for the Friday Bulletin for 15 months now and recently uploaded a large number of those short articles onto the new school website. I hadn’t expected any themes to emerge, other than the obvious references to different aspects of school life.  However, a theme does emerge when…

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22nd March 2019 Love hasn't got the world in motion

I got home from school on Tuesday and chose to post a number of things online. Ongoing issues regarding Brexit provoked my first tweet. I had watched an interview on the news with a member of the Cabinet, who was criticising John Bercow’s actions on a third meaningful vote. I found the MPs…

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15th March 2019 Engage the World, Change the World and the Prevalence of Twits

“Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.”

 

There is a whole industry dedicated to training and ‘developing’ newly appointed Headteachers. There are also a range of educational issues that you are compelled to have some form of opinion on, even if you feel…

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8th March 2019 Everything Changes and Nothing Changes

Jimmy Sime took the above photograph at the Harrow V. Eton annual cricket match in 1937. If you have seen it before, it was probably being used as form of symbolic short hand for Britain’s long standing issues regarding social class. I have read articles that use the image on subjects relating to…

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1st March 2019 Is it ethical to laugh at another man’s mule?

I’ve learned a lot from Clint Eastwood. For example, how hard it is to keep track of the bullets that you may have fired when in a comparatively stressful situation. Never to laugh at someone’s mule. Why Harry Callaghan is known as ‘Dirty Harry.’ If I want to play the game, then I need to know the…

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14th December 2018 Merry Christmas & Yippee Ki Yay.

Clarence the Angel: “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”

 

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is a film that everyone should watch at least once and, if you haven’t had the opportunity, it is being shown over Christmas at both the Gala in Durham and the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle…

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7th December 2018 8 For 43

Above are a series of images of sportsmen (note the lack of women*) who loomed large in my early years and made the most of their ability. Alex Higgins winning the UK Snooker Championship and asking for ‘his baby.’ Daley Thompson winning his first Olympic gold medal in Moscow. John Lowe holding…

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