Welcome to The Headteacher's Blog

Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.

We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.

We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

The better analogy

Published: Nov 27, 2021

Sourdough starter or live yoghurt culture; which is the better analogy for the spiral curriculum?

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When is a door not a door?

Published: Nov 21, 2021

When is a 'temporary' building anything but? The answer appears to be, 'when it's a mobile classroom'.

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Pay Policy – Recruitment and Retention

Published: Nov 12, 2021

Some in Government are tired of hearing public services say they need more cash as they are on the brink of collapse, or that there is a looming recruitment crisis. Are we to have difficulty in recruiting this year?

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Time for Zero Tolerance?

Published: Nov 06, 2021

This week has seen a national call for ‘Zero Tolerance’ as the automatic response to racism. This has concerned me as I am about to review the school’s behaviour policy. ‘Zero Tolerance’ may have been misinterpreted or misunderstood, and maybe zero tolerance is not such a bad thing.

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Independent Pay Review

Published: Oct 30, 2021

‘Independent’: adjective 1. free from outside control; not subject to another's authority.

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Party Pooper

Published: Oct 22, 2021

A week ago Sheffield schools were advised (not directed) by the local public health team to show caution and care, with cases and absences rising amongst both the school population and the adult workforce.

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Plus ça change (as they say in France)

Published: Oct 15, 2021

I’ve been clearing out some files, folders and cupboard spaces in my Office (the reason for which will become apparent over the coming weeks).

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A two pence solution to a 'too long standing' issue

Published: Oct 08, 2021

Matchsticks instead of earthmovers, a chair that replaces shoving, and cones to make play spaces bigger

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The Rule of Playground Incidents

Published: Oct 03, 2021

I’ve been reading The Official Rules (Paul Dickson). I have this, unofficial, Rule: The number of playtime incidents varies as the number of pupils on the playground varies.

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Piaget, however, ...

Published: Sep 24, 2021

Jean Piaget (1896 - 1980) ’s theories of child development were a favourite topic in Education Studies back when I was in teacher training (the latter half of the 1980’s) at Sheffield City Polytechnic. He was a scientist by nature, who early in his life committed to the biological explanation of knowledge.…

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