Dr David James recently published an article in the TES comparing the workload of teachers in the maintained and independent sectors, in which he concluded that 'it’s an illusion to claim that one is any easier than the other.' https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/its-not-all-oiks-and-toffs-teaching-a-boarding-school-different. Well, as someone who has spent fifteen years in a combination of private day and … Continue reading A day in the life – the boarding housemaster
I don’t think I will be surprising anyone involved in the care and education of young people when I say that mental health concerns are at the most alarming levels in recorded history. Referrals to CAMHS are through the roof, suicide ideation is on the rise and schools across the country are grappling with what … Continue reading Stress self-help – as easy as 1-2-3.
First, let’s get this straight. I love my daughter more than anything in the world. I have two sons and so I revel in the fact I can tell her she is my ‘favourite little girl’ and not feel bad that I am being unfair. So why, when she was a tiny, cute little baby, … Continue reading Post-natal depression in men – yes, it’s a thing.
I wrote last year about my frustrations at the seemingly short-sighted barriers which were put up between state and independent collaboration, namely in terms of a junior football tournament which my son was only able to attend under invitation from another (private) school. (https://tomchicks.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/independent-schools-want-to-engage-with-state-schools-but-red-tape-abounds/) The incident really got me thinking more about what we could … Continue reading Independent-state partnerships – a smiley success story
Some thoughts on how to use the Harkness method effectively with OneNote classroom software. The primacy of the text I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to visit Philips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire (the birthplace of the Harkness method) and The Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, another private school which teaches entirely through the … Continue reading Using OneNote Classroom with the Harkness method in English Literature
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