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CPDL at Canons in 2016/17

July 1, 2017

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This year at Canons, our People & Professionalism Team took the bold step of making all our non-departmental, non-year team meetings optional to staff. Many years ago we made our Teaching and Learning Communities (TLCs) optional in terms of which ones teachers could choose (so many schools still direct staff), but this was the next […]

Family Partnerships at Canons

June 27, 2017

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Building Family Partnerships: The InvolvEd way. This post was written by Darren Silver, the Digital Advocate at Canons High School, about his work developing and trialling an app with InvolvEd.  Let’s be honest, in the world of education it is no secret that parental engagement is crucial when it comes to improving student learning outcomes. […]

Nailing my Colours to the Mast

June 6, 2017

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A few days ago I received this tweet from Laura McInerney.  Which included a link to this Guardian article she had written.  Now it’s always nice to be name-checked for something, and even more so when that name-check is for a very well-intentioned article on an issue you care deeply about, by a person you […]

Canons High School Staff Testimonials

May 11, 2017

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In my last blogpost I wrote about the kind of school we try to be at Canons. In response, someone suggested that I try to capture staff perspectives about working at the school. What a great idea, I thought. The next day I asked staff in briefing to contribute their thoughts so that I could […]

The Job Advert I Really Want to Write

May 1, 2017

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Are you looking for a school that cares as much for its staff as for its students: a school that knows that it is only through caring for staff that it can care for students? Are you bruised and battered by your experiences in the education sector: contemplating leaving work in schools because of the […]

What I Learned as one of the rED Scand Gang

April 25, 2017

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ResearchED is an edugeek’s paradise Even though we had thoroughly recharged our batteries over Easter and only been back at work for four days (three if you discount the INSET day – which of course we DON’T), it was bloody lovely to get away from it all to the second, and hopefully annual, ResearchED Scandinavia […]

Cultivating a Culture Club: A ResearchED Scandinavia Tangent

April 22, 2017

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It’s lunchtime at ResearchED Scandinavia 2017. I’m sat in the gargantuan lobby of a gargantuan school in Norway that is hosting us. This morning I’ve heard some good sessions: one from David Didau that has generated some twitter activity, one from Tine Prøitz that has really got me thinking, and also one from Tom Bennett […]