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Is the return of Grammar Schools really such a bad thing?

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
Theresa May’s announcement that Grammar Schools are to make a return has been greeted with near universal dismay. Grammar schools are seen as divisive and instruments of the very social engineering that they are…

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Should schools send pupils home for wearing the wrong uniform?

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
Yesterday I was asked to write a short piece (400 words) contributing to the debate about whether Matthew Tate, the headteacher of Hartsdown Academy in Margate, was right to send pupils home for failing…

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Welcome Back

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
First proper day back yesterday, first staff meeting yesterday. “Welcome back. I hope you’ve all had a restful break and are ready to get started on making Leafy Green Primary the best in the area…

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Tolerance and the job description

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
A common theme I’ve noticed in schools (both primary and secondary) is the promotion of Tolerance as a concept to be taught to the pupils. In general, this is admirable, in practice this impossible. Not…

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Ofsted want to see…

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
“Ofsted want to see…” “Ofsted expect…” “Ofsted are very keen on…” Really? Are you saying this because you’re an Ofsted inspector, and this is something you’ll be looking out for when you do your…

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The 23-point behaviour policy – revisited

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
Today I went back to the school with the mad behaviour policy (see this post) today. The school has a new head who started in January, so I expected to find that a number…

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Damaged Children: Ross

Originally posted on The Modern Miss:
Ross isn’t understood by his family. They think he’s got mental health problems. His mother told me how much work he is, and how worried she is about him. She thinks his younger brother…

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