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5 Nov 2017

Photomath

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I don’t often promote products. I see too many recommendations on the net that also have a link earning the reviewer money. However, I saw an app today which made me sit up and take notice. I was speaking to a young person, who lives on my road, about the difficulties they were having with Maths. They were saying that they use Khan Aacademy but...
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4 Nov 2016

Trip to Dover Museum

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Today I volunteered to help a Primary school with a trip. I haven’t been able to do things, like this, as often as I would like. I had forgotten how brilliant kids out of school are. They were engaged, interested  and asked brilliant questions. To my shame I didn’t even realise that such a brilliant place existed so near to me, although I wasn’t alone...
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30 Sep 2016

Are you choosing a secondary school in Kent?

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Today I have spent most of the morning talking to parents who are worried sick about which school to send their child to. The fear is the same, if they don’t get into grammar what is the best option? In Kent we have a system which, not only polarises opinion but also, has tests which separate (in simple terms) those that are good at tests from those that are...
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23 Sep 2015

The Problems for Child Protection Coordinators

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It is a difficult time for Child Protection coordinators in schools. Never has Child Protection been higher on the agenda than it is at the moment. Speaking to colleagues who are DCPC (Designated Child Protection Coordinator) they have been telling me about two key problems at the moment.   Firstly, some staff are reporting everything, the thinking being that they don’t want to miss anything....
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1 Feb 2015

Changes to the SEN Code of Practice

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As you will be aware I have committed to writing, at least, 15 posts to help SENCos in 2015. Here is the latest. It may have passed you by that there has been an update to the Code of Practice. However, you can relax (a little). Firstly, it does not come into effect until April and, secondly, it is mainly concerned with Children who have...
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15 Jan 2015

Want your school to save money?

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In 2015 I decided to post 15 blogs to help schools work smarter and tap into the expertise of professionals across our group of companies. We want to give schools and other educational establishments the tools they need to save money. As a result of this, when i became a group Director, I needed training on all of the markets the group operate in. The...
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