Headlines 150

With exams at an end, our focus for the remainder of this term to look forward and plan ahead. Exams provide not only provide us with rich data but also give us insights into individual students. We can see where their strengths are and we can see where their gaps are, and our job is to ensure we…

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Headlines 149

As the final term starts, we are begin to look forward to welcoming our next intake of students to bring us up to our capacity of 600. Transition work is already beginning with visits to primary schools all around Ely and Littleport and we await the Prime Minister's update about the roadmap to see…

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Headlines 148 - Options

This week I'd like to take the opportunity to explain a  little more about the  re-run of the Year 9 Options process.

On Friday we wrote to Year 9 parents to inform them that we were re-running the Options process. Frankly, we'd got it wrong. During the pandemic, despite the fantastic efforts…

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Headlines 147

Normality is a step closer tomorrow. The rules change again and we can meet indoors and sit inside a pub a restaurant for the first time since December. For schools, the rules change again too. Face coverings are no longer mandatory and parents will have received a short communication home to this…

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Headlines 146

I normally write this on a Sunday but this week I have just looked at the weather and I now have a firm plan to be enjoying some long-awaited sunshine this weekend. There's no question that the weather has a positive effect on our mood and general feeling of wellness. That's why the last lockdown…

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Headlines 145

Last week I wrote about behaviour for learning and raising the bar with our students and teachers to increase engagement levels in class. This week we took a close look at learning in lessons and focussed on two questions: What are the students doing and why are they doing it? 

These might seem…

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Headlines 144

The end of another week and one where our focus has been on behaviour for learning. That's not to be mistaken for behaviour but the two are linked. When we think about behaviour we often think of students either doing what they are told or not. But it's not that black and white. Behaviour for…

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Headlines 143

This week was a landmark not only for the nation but for LECA too. While all other safety measures remained, students were finally back in normal teaching rooms and teachers reclaimed their classrooms. These both seem like minor changes but the difference it will make to students and staff will be…

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Headlines 142

I'm sure some of you are like me and enjoy a stat or two. Here are some numbers for you:




It's unlikely you'll guess how they link together so I'll explain.

4th January 2021 - The Prime Minister announced the third (and hopefully final) national lockdown meaning that…

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Headlines 141

Just over a year ago, COVID-19 was officially recognised as a pandemic by the WHO. A little over a week later LECA, along with all other schools nationally, closed its doors for the rest of the academic year. Then, summer came and life went back to normal - for a while. We ate out to help out and…

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Headlines 140

This week I emailed the LECA team and said that the next two weeks would probably be the hardest two weeks of the pandemic. We have navigated closure, home learning, students in school and testing and I am firmly of the opinion that we have done our very best under extremely difficult and…

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Headlines 139

A lot seems to have happened since the last blog! 

A few days ago, the Prime Minister published his roadmap out of lockdown and whether we think it's too fast or too slow, at least it's happening and we can begin to live our lives to the full again. There's no getting away from it - this has…

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