Serious Play

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The seriousness of childishness

We often think of play as a childish activity which makes us think of spontaneity and impulsivity, or activity that is unstructured and free but I want to suggest that it’s nothing trivial and consider just how serious play can be. Our expression, “child’s play,” makes me think that we think play is an easy business but in reality, when our children play they are engaged in activities that will help them through life in a number of ways.  It’s not just about burning energy or keeping them occupied; it might just be the cement that helps construct well rounded personalities from the building blocks of learning. Read More»

Brighton and Hove Success Measures

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GCSE figures provide Brighton and Hove Success Measure

So Brighton and Hove is in the news this month for the success of its children as official figures are released in relation to their hard work in their GCSEs which they celebrated in August 2013.  This is not so much a measure of the city’s success because the achievement lies with the children who have a applied themselves at school and to the dedicated army of teachers who educate and lead them along with the parents, other carers and families who support teacher and pupil along the way. Read More»