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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

My reading list this summer included the work of Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University College London. Blakemore’s books “the Learning Brain” and “Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain” are fascinating reads for teachers and parents alike.

In her work, Blakemore explores the mysteries of the adolescent brain and suggests ways in which schools and society more generally need to adapt to maximise students' learning potential during this crucial phase in their development into adulthood. I was reminded of Blakemore’s work this week while mulling over potential ideas for further curriculum and timetable innovations in our Secondary school next year.

Additionally, Blakemore’s work has a direct link to Clive Leach’s arrival at DBIS in two weeks time. I am excited by the potential impact of Clive’s approach to positive mental health upon student outcomes and the wellbeing of staff. If you haven’t signed up for one of Clive's sessions can I encourage you to do so using the following LINK. Additionally, I’ve included the following links to a TED talk and recent article by Blakemore which you may find interesting.

On a related note, please be aware that to facilitate Clive Leach’s work with the staff we have scheduled a staff training day during the same week as the September public holiday which means the school will be closed on the 24th and 25th.

Finally, thank you to all the parents who attended this week’s wide range of school events. I know this morning’s Beach and Forest School session at the Early Years was a success as were Primary's Parent Teacher Conferences and Secondary’s Meet the Tutor Evening.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School


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