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The Start of a A New Year In Education

Have we ever started an educational year with more uncertainty than in 2010? It is true that people who work in education are seasoned campaigners in coping with change and new initiatives but this year it feels worse than usual. One example was two articles recently published in the national media. One in the Times […]

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Personal Reflection

NAPCE membership includes a myriad of members, including primary and secondary teachers, and some who have straddled both phases. I am one of the latter, and have found NAPCE good for the soul when attending conferences, and reading key literature in the past twenty years has enhanced my understanding of my role. I have recently […]

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Minutes of the 2010 Annual General Meeting

Held on Saturday 24th April 2010 at the London Institute of Education 1. Minutes of 2009 AGM held in March 2009 were accepted as a true record Proposed: C. McLaughlin, Seconded: R. Best 2. Matters arising – None 3. Resolutions from 2009 AGM – None 4. Reports: a) Chair/Secretary Report This past year has been […]

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NAPCE – the way ahead?

The inaugural meeting of the Association was held in Dudley in 1982 and the first edition of the journal was published in 1983. Also in 1983 the first national conference on the theme “Pastoral Care in the 1980s” was held in Sheffield. In those early days pastoral care systems were still emerging and developing and […]

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Student Voice

Student voice has always been one of my passions. I started my first student council as a head of year over twenty years ago, after reading books like Donna Brandes and Paul Ginnis “The Student Centred School” . The year council, as it was then, was a great success with my year group, if not […]

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Learners with medical needs – Guidance for Inspectors – OFSTED January 2010

Recent OFSTED guidance from January 2010 notes that, “the needs of learners with chronic or long term medical conditions must be considered alongside other vulnerable groups.” It states that inspectors should “ask questions of staff and pupils to prompt schools to ensure they are doing all they can to safeguard and support this potentially vulnerable […]

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