A day in the life – the boarding housemaster

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

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Stress self-help – as easy as 1-2-3.

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.

Independent-state partnerships – a smiley success story

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

Using OneNote Classroom with the Harkness method in English Literature

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