Headmaster's Blog

Do you remember the teacher that made the difference?

When taking part in teacher training days, I often pose the question, ‘What is the most important aspect of being a teacher?’ That’s a tricky question because most will look for a professional, academic response...

Did you know?

Did you know that a child in the United Kingdom spends 16.2% of the year in school? That means a staggering 83.8% away from the education a school seeks to offer. In our school curriculum,...

Life’s Not Fair

We are all guilty, to varying degrees, of over-protecting our children, aren’t we? We are a society that has become consumed by being safe, not just physically but emotionally. We fight our children’s battles for...

Avoid Waiting Rooms

I’ve been teaching for almost 30 years and in that time I’ve come across tens of thousands of students. I’ve listened to their dreams, their fears, their misconceptions and their ‘voices of doubt’. I’ve done...

December 1st 2017

I sometimes worry that I run the risk of alienating people who are concerned that my views on education are irrelevant because I now work in the independent sector. However, eleven members of my extensive...

A Stressed Education System

The teaching profession often comes under criticism when teachers are ‘moaning’ about their lot. Significant holiday periods are oft-quoted as being a massive perk and one which should mean that teachers keep quiet when they...

Attainment Gap Revisited

Once again, the Scottish Government has outlined that the reduction in the attainment gap is its absolute focus. Nicola Sturgeon spoke again today about her commitment to this following another fairly negative report on Scottish...

Edinburgh School Guide Interview

Nikki Miller: School Guide Clifton Hall School Headmaster Rod Grant has had his first book published on Amazon, both in kindle and paperback formats. Entitled ‘Success Decoded’, it is a self-help guide to future fulfilment....