Once a year, I am fortunate enough to be asked to be part of the annual review team for our sister schools in China. Although my primary role is to quality-assure the boarding provision, the team has a shared focus on teaching and learning, safeguarding, leadership and the extra-curricular offering. It is, essentially, an … Continue reading Full of Eastern Promise – reviewing a school in China
How far can you go with non-punitive discipline? Much has been made about Michaela School’s advertisement for a Director of Detention and the necessity for clarity of discipline in schools in order to create safe spaces in which children can learn and flourish. So far, so actually not very controversial. For the last … Continue reading Getting the balance right with discipline
There are some days which are worth writing home about. Often much maligned and viewed with suspicion, private boarding schools find themselves constantly having to justify and sell themselves to sceptics for whom the whole world of boarding is either something from a Victorian nightmare, or a scene out of Harry Potter. But selling boarding … Continue reading Boarding at its best
I was interested to see Jill Berry praising Simon Postle’s piece in last week’s TES in which he made the point that when face with Poor results, we should "Take the lessons learned, improve practice & move forward to the next challenge." It put me in mind of a brilliant innovation in the boarding house … Continue reading Jonny Wilkinson and me – a study in failure
This is not a job for the faint of heart. The bare reality of day-to-day life in a boarding house is long hours, pressure from pupils, parents and staff, a never-ending stream of emails and no prospect of a break at the weekend. Taking on a role like this should be done with eyes … Continue reading Looking after yourself as a busy Houseparent – Ten tips from the frontline
As a kid, there was little that got the blood stirring more than the anticipation of a sports tournament. It would start the night before: you would lay out your kit and dream up extravagant set-piece moves that never saw the light of day. We never won, but no matter. It really was the taking … Continue reading Independent schools want to engage with state schools but red tape abounds
...too often these days, aggrieved parties in all sorts of contexts turn instinctively to litigation, blame and vengeance. Restorative processes aim to do exactly what is implied in the name - restore relationships and empower those who are suffering, without - crucially - the need for winners and losers.