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Wellbeing tips for teachers, by teachers

Wellbeing and good mental health are fundamental to the daily practice of our schools. We asked colleagues across our Cognita family of schools,…

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Character – taught or caught?

The academic content of school is easy to measure, we can see it. Character development can be harder to quantify…

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“Emotional strength is not guaranteed throughout childhood”

Warren Honey, Headmaster of Hydesville Tower School in Walsall, UK  discusses childhood resilience and mental health. Indefatigable. It is the…

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What do schools really mean by ‘mixed ability’?

Brendan Pavey, Head Teacher at North Bridge House Senior Hampstead, explains what schools really mean by ‘mixed ability’. The world of…

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The benefits of creating immersive learning environments for our students

Creating immersive learning environments is hard work but the benefits are boundless, argues Julia Hallett, Key Stage 1 teacher at…

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Character development and the importance of building confidence at home

Self-assured, resilient and empowered to succeed. These principles represent our ambition for every child in the Cognita family. Helping children…

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Could metacognition be the answer to securing academic progress over time?

Teachers and pupils should take time to reflect and review, according to Simon Camby, Group Director of Education for Cognita….

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Beyond final exams – how can we help students develop skills that will prepare them for life beyond school?

As many students around the world approach their final exams, Alex Aristizabal Ph.D., Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at…

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The fight against fake news should start in class

It’s a mistake to avoid discussing current affairs with students, instead, the fight against fake news should start in class,…

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Outdoor learning, whatever your environment

Schools in urban areas often feel that outdoor learning isn’t for them. But Robin Davies, Assistant Director of Education for…

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Could gender-neutral education lead to true equality for our children?

Education is fundamental to changing attitudes towards gender discrimination, says Warren Honey, Headmaster of Hydesville Tower School in the UK….

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Character education: the key to preparing students for an uncertain future

Over the next decade, one billion young people will enter the world of work, but it is estimated that 60%…

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Should you give your curriculum some fresh air?

Over the years, several studies have revealed the benefit – even necessity – of spending time outdoors and when the…

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Why good manners are essential in the 21st century

Only if we model good manners can we be sure that children will aspire to be the inspiring leaders and…

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How can teachers nurture “thinking”?

Elenice Lobo, Educational Director at PlayPen Bilingual Education in Brazil, examines the ways in which teachers can help their students develop…

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Facing the facts – why mental health must not be ignored

The Institute for Public Policy Research has recently released its findings into the extent of mental health concerns in young…

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Multi-cultural schools: the answer in troubling times?

Do multi-cultural schools offer one of the best chances to stop ignorance from breeding hate? Mr Warren Honey, Headmaster at…

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From Glastonbury Festival to the school ICT suite – how teachers’ passions inspire students

Regardless of how tenuous the link, when teachers bring their own passions into the classroom, they can inspire students in…

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It would be a mistake to ignore rising concerns about mental health and children’s wellbeing

Few parents will be unaware of the increasing concern about children’s mental health. Sarah Ebery, head teacher of Meoncross School in the…

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‘Gifted’ and talented? Why setting by ability limits student outcomes

As a new book throws into question whether any child is born ‘gifted’, Danuta Tomasz, Cognita’s Assistant Director of Education,…

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How to help children prepare for Secondary School during the holidays

As the school holidays begin in the UK, Georgina Masefield, Head of Akeley Wood School (from September 2017), shares top tips…

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Kant in the classroom: Should a school spend time teaching young children philosophy?

If philosophy is taught across the school, it can create and change a whole school’s culture, contends Brodie Bibby, Headteacher…

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Are we teaching our children to fish? ‘How’ we learn is far more important than ‘what’ we learn

It’s not what children are learning, but how they are learning that is of most importance, argues Meaghan Allen, Primary…

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Man vs machine: the future of technology in education

In a series of articles for Education Post, Malcolm Kay, Superintendent of Stamford American School Hong Kong looks at innovation…

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Beyond academics – offering students more

Born at a time when education focused on academic achievements to the exclusion of nearly everything else, Marcos Barros Vallejos,…

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Happiness lessons for eight-year-olds – gimmick or good practice?

The UK government has unveiled plans to trial ‘happiness lessons’ for eight-year-olds. In an article for the Telegraph, Danuta Tomasz,…

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Getting mindful about wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing of young people is never far from the headlines today – wherever you are in the…

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How can schools help create global citizens?

Ian Thorpe, Headmaster at Downsend School in the UK, considers the ever-widening range of skills that children are expected to…

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