Executive Principal's Blog

52 Blog Posts found - Showing 21-30

  1. ..
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. ..
  • The premature demise of French...

    17 June 2015
    A couple of months ago I wrote in this blog about the direction of the secondary curriculum over the next five years, including the reduction in importance of modern foreign languages.  Can I ask readers to disregard that article?

    Continue Reading

  • Important - But Dull

    5 June 2015
    My assembly this week has been the catchily titled 'Some Less Exciting Skills'.  I considered, and rejected, calling it 'Important - But Dull' on the basis that the audience might focus upon the dull and ignore the important.

    Continue Reading

  • Educational Philosophy

    22 May 2015
    Those of us who work in schools run the constant risk of becoming preoccupied with the day to day.  For schools to thrive, it is crucial that we keep abreast of the most current thinking about how children learn and what education is for. 

    Continue Reading

  • Best 8

    21 April 2015
    The Government has made it clear that secondary school students will be taking fewer subjects in greater depth at GCSE in future.  This move appears a definite, whoever wins next month's election.  The terms 'progress 8' and 'attainment 8' will become very familiar to parents over the next few years.  At Wren, like in other forward thinking schools, we are already making the adjustments to the curriculum necessary to introduce the amended curriculum requirements.

    Continue Reading

  • A Sense of Wonder

    14 April 2015
    My eldest son is reading the classic introduction to philosophy for children, 'Sophie's World'.  The book seemed an appropriate entry level to philosophy for me as well so I am reading it too. One of the key themes of the book is how easily we can lose our sense of curiosity about the world around us. 

    Continue Reading

  • Primary News

    17 March 2015
    Time for an update on progress toward the opening of our primary phase in September.  Whilst there is still much to do, some key parts of the huge jigsaw that is a primary school opening are beginning to fall into place.

    Continue Reading

  • Keeping Safe Online

    27 February 2015
    We have been much occupied of late with issues of e safety and, in particular, how to best ensure that children are safe when using social media.  It has been clear to us for some time now that many young people are routinely putting themselves and others at risk through their behaviour on social media sites.

    Continue Reading

  • Showing some resolution

    6 January 2015
    Only five days into 2015 and, according to the radio this evening, New Year spirit is fast evaporating.  Many listeners feel it is already far too late to be wishing people a happy New Year if you are meeting them for the first time in 2015.  The normal 'hello' or 'how are you?' are quite enough now.

    Continue Reading

  • Speaking out

    9 December 2014
    When children start at primary school we recommend that they 'tell a teacher' when things go wrong.  Perhaps they are being bullied, perhaps they have seen someone else being given a hard time.  Either way, asking a grown up for help is seen as the fastest and most effective way to a solution.  Young children usually embrace this philosophy pretty quickly. Things get more complicated as children grow older.

    Continue Reading

  • The Developing Brain

    21 November 2014
    As part of a series of lectures organised by UCL Partners, one of the world's leading researchers into the teenage brain visited Wren on 10 November.  Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore delivered a fascinating talk to a big audience of Wren staff and visitors.  Her theme was how teenagers' brains are different to those of adults and how this can affect young people's behaviour. 

    Continue Reading