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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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Dr Mike Calvert

Pastoral care has evolved so much over the last 50 years and, when writing a recent article charting the changing discourses and priorities over that time, I was struck by how difficult it is to write about pastoral care in schools with such a divergence and multiplicity of structures, practice and understandings. I come from, […]

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