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11 February 2014: A World Away? I feel more than a little guilty that while the UK has been battered by unrelenting storms, I have just spent three days in the Gulf where it is mild, sunny and feeling decidedly post-recessional. It’s a bit humbling to see in this morning’s Gulf News that America doesn’t get a mention until page 25 […] Read More

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23 January 2014: Cricket and Maths? Mathematical Association meetings tend to be quite esoteric and attract a small but dedicated band of aficionados.  So it was good to see a packed room for last night’s Gloucestershire MA talk by Dr Frank Duckworth. If you are a one-day ... Read More 20 January 2014: Singing is good for the soul If there’s a more joyful experience than going to a piano recital given by an old boy from your School then I’d like to know what it is. Ashok Gupta (OD) arrived in Year 7 as a pretty established talent courtesy of his family and Berkham... Read More 11 December 2013: Go on – risk it.. Be very wary of trying to keep up with your children.  This was borne in on me somewhat as I stood in the crowd at the start of Tough Guy 2012.  At that point I felt no confidence at and in my prospects of finishing (or even surviving). ... Read More 26 November 2013: Who will teach our teachers? I noticed in The Times this week that Magdalen College School has set up its own teaching qualification independent of the (increasingly complex) state graduate programme.  This is a splendid example of the wheel coming full circle; if w... Read More 11 November 2013: As Broad as it’s Long It has been a weekend of contrasts.  Yesterday, the Whole School community came together for a Service of Remembrance. It was a dignified and reflective time, and an excellent address from Bishop Bob Evens challenged all of us to think a... Read More 16 October 2013: Cheltenham Literature Festival The Cheltenham Literature Festival finished last weekend; the end of a whirlwind fortnight of sponsorship, visitors, workshops and lectures.  It really is a superb resource for those of us who do education in Cheltenham, as well as softe... Read More 07 October 2013: Iris Long: Still Inspiring Young People Being 96 and not so well these days, Iris Long was not able to be at the inaugural Iris Long Lecture given by Colin Jackson, CBE.  She would have loved to be in a room full of young people and to see the excitement and confidence which C... Read More 25 September 2013: Earning Respect We hosted a training day for Head Boys and Head Girls from a number of schools this week. It was a strong group and we had a very interesting and enjoyable time, including a session where I discussed the relationship between a Head of Sc... Read More 16 September 2013: Why do we do these things? The enthusiasm levels were a bit low as Team Dean Close left for the start of the Cheltenham Half Marathon on a grey Sunday morning.  28 runners of staff, pupils and parents; a variety of motives – not least beating the Headmaster; and a... Read More

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