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Student Voice

From early on in my teaching career two approaches were promoted by schools I worked in:    1. Make a fuss of the small stuff – particularly with regard to pupil behaviour.  2. You walk past the standards you accept.  By constantly reminding students to tuck their shirts in, do their ties up, larger behavioural problemsContinue reading “Student Voice”

Transition – Dixie 6

I was delighted to read recently the Junior School Head Boy and Girl Blog in which Holly and Joel explain their thoughts about moving to the Senior School and share their enjoyment of the recent Transition Days.  Change is daunting for most of us and learning to negotiate successfully both the planned and unplanned changesContinue reading “Transition – Dixie 6”

Consent Project Blog

On the 6th June a collection of Lower Sixth Formers from Dixie Grammar School joined by Stafford Grammar met for the first time to discuss topics raised by the “Everyone’s Invited” campaign. Throughout the day the students respectfully discussed topics such as sexism, stereotyping and consent with the aim of helping to create a positiveContinue reading “Consent Project Blog”

Academic Ambition

The year has been full of challenge for us all, and for schools, provision for Year 11 and Upper Sixth after their final exams has been an important additional consideration. The easiest option would have been to let these year groups leave school after half term, but this would have resulted in a 15-week holidayContinue reading “Academic Ambition”

Silent Corridors?

The Secretary of State for Education has suggested that silence in school corridors should become the norm, and that a ban on mobile phones is essential for avoiding poor behaviour. The Dixie corridors are not silent, and whilst we have a zero tolerance policy on the recreational use of phones, ultimately we want students atContinue reading “Silent Corridors?”

Early Years at the Dixie

As a first time parent, one of the most important decisions you make is deciding where your children will start their school career.  We all have our own experience of education and school that undoubtedly influences our decisions but deciding for your 3 year old can be both exciting and daunting. I have worked inContinue reading “Early Years at the Dixie”

Diversity

Working at Dixie for the last sixteen years, I have always hoped and believed that we offer an environment that is tolerant, inclusive and welcoming to all. Certainly, the ‘Dixie family atmosphere’ was one of the things that first attracted me to the school back in 2004, an important factor in my decision to leaveContinue reading “Diversity”

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