How ‘Standard’ is Your Child?

A standardized test is a set of tasks that schools give to students to tell them where a student is in their learning, how they are doing in comparison to thousands of others, and where they are most likely headed according to statistical probability. There is certainly something very seductive about the promise of standardized […]

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2018/19 at EARJ…

At the end of each school year I write a letter to the school community reflecting on some of the things we have achieved together, and looking ahead to what the future might hold for our school. If you are reading this and you are – by some accident of Google- not an EARJ community […]

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Mud, Trees & Skinned Knees…

This year I have been working with my community on the idea of resilience: grit. Ways we can help out children self-manage their emotions and self-manage their lives. Ways we can help our kids take responsibility for their own actions and deal confidently with setback and disappointment. In short, ways in which they can become […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

It is the hallmark of a school committed to building character that it creates opportunities for students to reflect. Reflection is a learnt skill. It requires introspection, honesty and self-awareness. Time to reflect – when scaffolded appropriately – can be immensely powerful for even very young students. But I do have some reservations. As important […]

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