Soft skills and small talk – adding value

Governors at DHSB polishing the social skills of students Educational commentators speculate regularly on the value of what is taught in schools and what will be valuable later in life. Perhaps the most high profile and sadly predictable expression of this occurs annually following the release of exam results. Standards improve and someone from the CBI is wheeled out to complain that young people are still essentially illiterate and unemployable. However irritating and simplistic this view is, the debate itself is essential if we are to continue equipping our young people for the exciting and competitive futures they face. Coalition...

Living with success

It has been an outstanding year for our school. This was verified externally with an Ofsted inspection in February that acknowledged our outstanding provision. It was particularly pleasing to receive this judgement for the quality of Teaching and Learning – the raison d’etre of any school. These judgements were manifest in our best ever GCSE results in the summer. The school’s success however, has perplexed some people. I’ve had some unusual responses from, “What are you going to do now?” to “When are you leaving?” The first response fails to recognise the team behind the achievement and the second assumes...