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The Psychology of Christmas

I succumbed to the lure of ‘Buster' and purchased a half price, cuddly version of the latest star of John Lewis’s Christmas advert;...

30 years From Now

Headline from the Independent published in February 2016 : Robots 'will make majority of humans unemployed within 30 years' Headline from the Guardian February...

Dickensian

I read my first Dickens novel, Great Expectations, at the age of ten. I would read it before bedtime and in the early...

Rhodes Must Fall?

There has been a great deal of publicity in recent weeks surrounding the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College.The College has come under considerable...

Christmas and Climate Change

According to a study from Columbia University, which was published in the journal Weather Climate Society, Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly...

The Digital Reformation

Historical parallels are always intriguing and fascinating. Edward Higgs, Professor of history at the University of Essex, has published an article in History...

Speech and Body Language

We have recently launched a new Junior Debating Society and girls have been busy analysing some of the great speeches made throughout history....

Christmas Past:1913

The Independent newspaper published a poignant article at the weekend entitled, 'The Gathering Storm'  which focused at the very start of the article...

Coding

There can be no doubting the fact that in the global market there is a real demand for individuals with coding skills. At...

An Alternative History

It is Friday 22nd November 2013, I ask my year 9 students, who are currently studying the struggle for female suffrage in the...

High Profile

Towards the end of the summer term we were able to publish our Summer 2013 edition of High Profile. Girls in the lower...

History in the News

History is never far from making headlines; newspapers frequently refer to some of the latest academic research being undertaken. Over the weekend 'The...

Winter Weather

I really do dislike the snow. However, I did spend a little time this evening researching facts about the weather and snow facts...

Historical Drama

There is an interesting article in History Today written by Tim Stanley an associate fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University which...

Festive Treats

We finished the Autumn term almost a week ago now with numerous festive treats and celebrations. Our Christmas Concerts were live streamed for...

My Best Teacher

Consultations are currently underway regarding possible changes to the GCSE examinations and one of those changes includes the proposal that teachers will only...

Learning in the 21st Century

This particular graphic comes from an excellent site - Teach Thought where the Director of Curriculum, Terry Heick, lists 9 key elements of...

The Olympics 2012

I am really enjoying watching the Olympics on TV.  I was, like a number of others in the UK, really not that interested...

How Good is your Memory?

Apparently one third of British people under the age of 50 cannot remember their own phone number, according to a study conducted by...

A History of Christmas

It's December 23rd 2011 and this evening I am looking forward to a lovely Christmas meal at a local restaurant with my family....

Teachers are the Priority

At the recent Teaching Schools Induction conference in Nottingham David Hargreaves, Professor at Wolfson College Cambridge, spoke with great passion and insight about...

New Beginnings

The long summer break over, we all returned to school last week looking forward to the new academic year. And there is indeed...

Book Gluttony

There are still a couple of weeks left before the return to school so I am hoping to read at least one or...

Online Resources

Over the last few weeks I have been investigating many of the free web materials that are available online, so I thought it...

In Memoriam 2014

The forthcoming centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has led to the creation of a new and very commendable project...

A Window Into the Past

Although my History degree entailed the study of both Medieval and Modern History I was always determined to study a pretty varied range...

If It Were My Home……

As a child, I remember trying to imagine how different my life would have been had my family moved across the world and...

Dunsinane

I was fortunate enough to spend Saturday evening at the RSC watching the final night of David Greig's intriguing play Dunsinane. Set in...

War And Conflict

This week I listened on the radio to a very moving account of one man's visit to a rarely visited war cemetery in...

High Profile

I am spending this weekend putting the last few final touches to the Summer 2011 edition of High Profile, this is KEHS's feature...

Regional NQT Training Day

One of the lovely aspects of being involved in the training of newly qualified teachers is that it provides an opportunity to work...