The thoughts and observations of Richard Palmer, the Head of St Christopher School.
Tuesday 20 February 2018
An opportunity to define success for all.....
News that the Government will ‘review’ HE tuition fees and that the Prime Minister is concerned over the perception that vocational qualifications are not properly recognised may just be the catalyst for the debate that many of us yearn for.
The Blairite plan for everyone to go to university was, is and always will be flawed. University is great, for those who wish to go down that route. If they do, and if they have the right skills at the right level then it is the school’s job to get the pupil where they want to go.
Thursday 17 August 2017
It’s that time of year again when we’ve become used to opening the newspaper to see stories about top academically achieving pupils and photographs of happy smiling young people – usually girls and usually jumping with joy.
Tuesday 14 March 2017
A simple way to encourage progress....
Friday 27 January 2017
We may not like what's going on in the wider world, but if we look closer to home.....
Monday 12 September 2016
Valuing only that which can be measured.......
Friday 24 June 2016
Tuesday 01 December 2015
Morning Talks are a wonderful way to start the day.......
Wednesday 02 September 2015
And this is why the children in our Junior School are as happy and successful as they are:
Wednesday 06 May 2015
So what should I say?.......
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Why is education one of the last bastions of single sex culture?
Monday 06 October 2014
In this morning's Morning Talk I spoke about the power of now.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Is the Educational world finally catching up with us? (I do hope so!)
Monday 17 March 2014
In my opening address to the Society of Head's 2014 Conference I explored some of my concerns about childhood today. Here are some extracts from that speech.
Sunday 02 February 2014
A message for Mr Gove, and any other rear view educationalists
Saturday 18 January 2014
A few thoughts before Assessment Morning commences....