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Freedom to be you

I have been really enjoying our Monday assemblies since we have been working on the ‘big ideas’ or ‘values’ that are important to our school. This year we have also introduced our assemblies board at the front of the hall. This has allowed the children to make more of a contribution to the themes by posting their thoughts as the week progresses. This week we talked about freedom. I told stories about Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai. One of the children wrote that they thought freedom was ‘the right to be who you are’ whilst another admired the three women highlighted because ‘they said no when things were wrong.’ Great thinking yet again!

Mr Rhodes and I spent Tuesday really thinking about our school, our approaches and our beliefs when it comes to education. We set off nice and early to travel to Sheffield to listen to Dame Alison Peacock, the executive headteacher of The Wroxham School which is in Hertfordshire. We were really impressed with her ideas and the approaches being used at Wroxham. We recognised her philosophy as being very similar to ours. We were particularly interested in some of the teaching approaches discussed, in particular the ideas around offering children more choice in terms of the challenges undertaken in their learning. We also felt we could learn something from the systems used to involve parents and children in learning reviews rather than traditional parents’ evenings. Mr Rhodes wrote an excellent blog earlier this week that captures our thinking on this beautifully.

Next week we will be welcoming a number of visitors into our school. On Tuesday two Bury Headteachers will be spending the day in school to work with us to look at how our school works. The idea is that we get a different view of our school and get the opportunity to really engage in some professional dialogue with colleagues from a different context. On Wednesday we welcome back some teachers who have been working on the Outstanding Teaching Programme to a training day at Unsworth. They will spend the day with us and will visit some of our classes. We know that all of our visitors will enjoy the time they spend with us. We are looking forward to seeing them.

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