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  • Creating an independent learning culture through Building Learning Power

    24 April 2017
    Our philosophy at Wren Academy is based upon empowering young people as learners.  This begins when they join us aged four in Reception and continues all the way to Year 13. 

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  • School Culture and Student Behaviour

    27 March 2017
    Last week, the Government's behaviour 'guru' Tom Bennett published his review of students' behaviour in schools.  The review highlighted areas where, in the author's opinion, many schools are still struggling to achieve consistently high standards of behaviour amongst their students.  The review suggests that, in many classrooms, disruption to learning is common and that as a result learning is frequently being impeded.

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  • Giving knowledge a bad name

    28 February 2017
    Knowledge is under assault in the educational world.  It seems that the pursuit and acquisition of a body of learning for its own sake is being attacked from a number of directions.  

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  • The Effective Teacher

    9 January 2017
    Carried along by the Christmas and New Year celebrations as we have been, you may have missed a major new educational report from Pearson which appeared last month.  Based upon feedback from teachers, students, parents, headteachers and policy makers, the report attempts to identify the key features which combine to make an effective teacher.  It is worth quoting the top ten aspects identified by English respondents to the survey in the order of importance they were given:

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  • A Christmas Selection Box

    15 December 2016
    School funding It is difficult to see much good in the Government's announcement today (14 December) on the new national funding formula for schools.  The formula, to be introduced from two years hence, is proclaimed as being the answer to inequalities in funding between schools in different parts of England. 

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  • Leadership in the Wren Sixth Form

    11 November 2016
    One of the Academy's key aims is to provide all of our Sixth Form students with a range of leadership experiences by the time they leave the school.  As most of our Sixth Form students go on to take degrees at leading universities, it is likely that within a few years they will be taking up jobs which have leadership responsibilities attached to them.  If the school can help prepare our students so that these responsibilities are easier for them to assume then so much the better.  

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  • University Challenge

    3 November 2016
    I still believe that a university education is the best choice for young people with the ability to attend a higher education institution. Three or four years of study and social life, preferably living away from home, is a real privilege and the best possible introduction to adult life. University years can and should be a fulfilling time when students can learn about their subject and themselves, making lifelong friends with others of like mind and interests.

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  • The Art of Listening

    30 September 2016
    At Wren, we are very favoured with good behaviour from our students.  A visitor walking around the Academy will hopefully see a range of activities going on in lessons but where students are meant to be listening, either to their teacher or to one of their peers but does this quiet and respectful atmosphere equate to good listening taking place? Whilst all of the outward signs might look positive, how can you be confident that someone is really listening?

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  • A new school year

    31 August 2016
    The summer holidays are coming to a close and we are gearing up for the new term.  One of the advantages of the six week summer holiday is that, even if you have had the best time, it is long enough.  Most students and teachers are ready to get back to work by the beginning of September.

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  • Teachers of the future

    20 June 2016
    It is worth returning to the theme of teacher recruitment in light of the recent exchanges between the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Department for Education (DfE ). A couple of weeks ago the PAC reported that schools in much of the country are suffering from serious, and growing, teacher shortages. 

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