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The final words of wisdom for Y13…

Every year, in our last Year 13 assembly, it feels that I have one last chance to pack some messages in before they go off into the world.  Here are the messages… If the embedded slideshare doesn’t work try this: http://www.slideshare.net/headguruteacher/y13-final-assembly-2013  

Teaching MFL: Pedagogical approaches that work.

Modern Languages is one of the great strengths of my school.  You can read about our intensive KS3 curriculum in this issue of Learning Lessons by AST and Director of Leading Edge, Jane Breen. It describes how we give students four hours a week in one language in Year 7 and 8, leading to GCSE … Continue reading

Year 7 British Museum ‘Family Learning’ Project

British Museum Family Learning Project We have just collected in the final pieces of work from our Year 7 British Museum project and the results are stunning.  This is the third year we have run the project.  In the first year, we tried it with just one Year 7 class; this is the second year … Continue reading

KEGS Assemblies: Ethos, Aspirations, Spirit

Bang!! Bang!! Bang!!  (The hymn book is struck three times by Mr Carter.) “Please stand”.  900 students rise to their feet. The two Deputies and I swoosh up the steps, gowns billowing, to take our places on the stage. “Thank you; Please sit down….” This piece of theatre begins each one of our whole-school assemblies … Continue reading

Cake Corner Christmas

The KEGS student newspaper was published after much anticipation.  It is a classic issue; student voice at its best.  Read the whole thing here. And read more about our Independent Student Newspaper here. But, this post highlights, the festive favourite: Cake Corner.  I was honoured to be asked to participate.  This is what being on … Continue reading

KEGS House Music: The KEGS Spirit in Action

There is a lot that goes on at my school that I absolutely love.  But, without doubt, House Music is the highlight.  In fact, it is my favourite school event anywhere, ever.  The centre-piece of the annual House Competition, House Music not only provides a superb afternoon of entertainment, it also encapsulates so much of … Continue reading

Project 9: A student-devised, student-led IT programme.

Project 9 is our student-led IT programme in which students in Year 9 (hence the fairly obvious name!) engage in a diverse range of IT modules taught by students in Years 10-13.  We are now entering our fourth year and it is becoming a properly embedded feature of the curriculum. We have a very broad … Continue reading

CamSTAR: Research as CPD: CPD as Research

One of the key things that first attracted me to KEGS was the concept of the ‘research-engaged learning community’.  Although it has been articulated and organised in different ways over the years, we have always held the view that teachers should be both engaged with research and engaged in research as part of the CPD … Continue reading

Extended Learning Opportunities

In the last two weeks we have launched two new initiatives at my school to provide students with incentives and opportunities to engage in extended independent learning.   The first was the KEGS Global Blog Challenge. This offers a token £100 prize for the blog with the greatest global reach by June next year.  In the … Continue reading

Independent Student Newspaper? Trust and Responsibility

The KEGS Ambassador is the Independent Student Newspaper at my school.  A full back catalogue can be found here. Arriving at KEGS I was surprised to find that the students didn’t run their own newspaper given that they obviously had the capability required.  The English Department does a lot of work with creative and factual … Continue reading

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