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Message from the Head of Primary

22 November 2020

A message from the Head of Primary, Alan Cocker.

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This weekend I read with interest two opposing articles in the Times Educational Supplement debating about the state and future of the curriculum. Both were passionate educationalists committed to their views. One arguing for structure, traditionalist methods, the importance of imparting knowledge, the other arguing for joy to be re-established into learning and for students to collaborate and work in a variety of ways. It would be easy for the reader to side with either proponent as there are merits in both. I do wonder however why they feel it must be one without the other. 

The next article I read was from a Nord Anglia weekly publication which celebrates achievements from its wide family of schools from around the world. Needless to say, we were represented in this article for the great work we have been doing in developing our wellbeing provision for students and staff.  

One of the things I love about our school is that we do have the privilege of selecting our curriculum and shaping it so that we can literally have the best of both worlds. We are able to include what we know which will prepare our students for the road ahead, include what we value, and enhance the provision with initiatives like ‘Wellbeing’, Global Goals and the BISAD Diploma. I love the way we give freedom to our teachers in how they enable students to grow and learn. We trust one another to do our best, day in day out. 

As we return to virtual learning for a few days, please do not forget there is a richness in what our school offers. Teachers will continue to be creative and students will respond and adapt once more. There is something for everyone and I would encourage you all to take a look at the richness that is available especially in the Wellbeing programme, Global Goals and BISAD Diploma initiatives. 

Alan Cocker

Head of Primary