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Bus Lane Assembly: We all gain from enforcing the rules.

The material in this post is the basis of an assembly I’ve given before about the need for enforcing rules. I’m about to use this particular preach again as we continue to push forward on our drive for impeccable behaviour. It’s been an intense few weeks as students learn where the boundaries lie, with literally … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #13: Open-Ended Tasks.

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. In this post I want to suggest that open-ended tasks can play an important role in creating opportunities for students … Continue reading

Tackling Homophobia in Schools.

This post is a way of helping to publicise the excellent materials that are produced by Stonewall to help school tackle homophobia.  The website resources are superb: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/default.asp I’m also keen to seek out advice from others who have already been down this road with some success. As these graphics from a Stonewall leaflet show, … Continue reading

Assembly ideas and materials

Here are some materials  to stimulate reflection and discussion in assemblies: “Merci!” by Christine Rabette. A 5 minute video without dialogue. It shows the power a person has to change the mood and lift the spirits of others, through laughter – though symbolic of other effects in general. It’s lovely and makes a great assembly. … Continue reading

Assembly Idea: Can you get a straw through a potato? What does that tell you?

The ‘Straw through Potato’ assembly is one that is often referred to as part of the KEGS banter.  It is up there with ‘Lessons from Geese’ and ‘When I Taught The Verve’ as most-remembered (aka most-mocked) assemblies. But I like this one. I first encountered the idea as part of an INSET day at a … Continue reading

The Miracle of Christmas – and every other day.

This is the essence of my Christmas message as featured in our end of term assembly. The Santa story is a lovely piece of family magic.  My kids love it.. even though my son, aged 11 is at the eye-rolling stage when we put the mince pie and carrot out for Santa on Christmas Eve.  … Continue reading

KEGS Assemblies: Ethos, Aspirations, Spirit

Bang!! Bang!! Bang!!  (The hymn book is struck three times by Mr Carter.) “Please stand”.  900 students rise to their feet. The two Deputies and I swoosh up the steps, gowns billowing, to take our places on the stage. “Thank you; Please sit down….” This piece of theatre begins each one of our whole-school assemblies … Continue reading

The Ripstick Analogy: If you want to succeed, you need to commit!

Ever tried riding the Ripstick? It’s not easy.  Most people fall off straight away and struggle to get going at all.  But when you watch someone cruising along on one, it looks like it should be easy.  You just need to swivel those hips and glide along – simple?! Well, no.  The thing is you … Continue reading

Leadership Lessons from Geese

I made this presentation for an assembly a couple of years ago. I have since discovered several identical versions on the internet.. but this was my effort. The point of the assembly is obvious enough. Although it has spawned a continuing stream of ‘animal analogy’ or goose-themed gags from my students ever since, the messages … Continue reading

Hawking: “We are all different…but we all share the human spirit”

As a Physics teacher, it has been a fabulous year for major events to bring the subject closer to students: the Higgs boson discovery at the LHC, the Venus Sun transit, the Mars Curiosity landing.  Each of these events gives us cause to contemplate our existence on our lonely planet.   This was all captured … Continue reading


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