One of the highlights of the Autumn and Spring terms’ schedule is a school-wide Teachers’ Meeting, at which residential and on-residential teachers join forces to discuss topics of common interest. Feedback on classes, individual tussles and difficulties, questions and ideas relating to the coming term or next academic year can all shape the discussion. During our most recent (March) meeting we were given much food for thought in the area of Learning Support, and of Homework, and also listened to strong parental feelings with regard to the recently rejuvenated idea of an English baccalaureat. Which subjects are to be taught, and how much time they are given, together with the subtle or not so subtle expressions of their perceived importance, whether as exam subjects or not, are perennial themes for parents and educators, and Brockwood is no exception in this. Sharing our encrustation-prone perceptions, and recognising the need to polish and revise them, left us feeling glad for a morning well spent.
By Adrian Sydenham, Co-Principal.