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Muriel’s urge to change is a driving force in this 1994 film which I plan on analysing with Year 12s in 3A English this semester. Feels odd returning to a text 20 years after its release; since construction of Muriel’s character depends on the impact of nostalgia, effects of social satire are compounded for me (growing up/ migrating to Australia in the 70s) by the soundtrack. 954 more words


CPD and the year ahead – the view from the TDT (Part 2)

‘Learning never exhausts the mind.’

– Leonardo Da Vinci

Following on from our recent blog on David Weston and the Teacher Development Trust, we discuss with David the key characteristics of effective CPD and what schools can do to raise the profile and standard of the CPD accessed by teachers. 870 more words

Coaching Staff

Open Door Policy

A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.”  - 479 more words

Respectful Relationships

As part of our ongoing work in building Respectful Relationships in our school we have signed up to the UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ (RRSA) programme. This award recognises achievement in putting the Convention at the heart of the school’s ethos. 69 more words

General School

Developing our Vision

We would  like to better involve parents in School Improvement and would like to invite one or two parents from both Ayton and Reston to help us with our planning on the February in-service day. 68 more words
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Progressive vision in Dubai private schools at What Works 2015

The third What Works event and first in 2015 was held on the 19th of January. Educational professionals from all over Dubai private schools came together to exchange their best practices on teaching, learning and leadership in schools. 491 more words


True Grit – Building Character in Schools

“I wouldn’t put a thief in my mouth to steal my brain”

Charles Portis – True Grit

Though Charles Portis was talking about alcohol (my first ever DRY January is clearly making me obsessed) this opening quote has got me thinking about how we present things in education as though they are irrefutably solid, researched and common sense but in fact under a little scrutiny we realise we should be asking more questions. 1,348 more words