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21/09/21

After 18 months without a game, school football fixtures are back! Our Year 10 team took the short trip over to for a local derby on their brand new 3G pitch. Great to be playing again :-). Full report at https://t.co/ma8GPd9Cx0 https://t.co/zz4W69ZB2U

16/09/21

Open Mornings and Evening 2021 - come and meet our students and teachers. We look forward to welcoming you. Full details of our open evening and mornings (including dates and times) are at https://t.co/RRfMzxwzca https://t.co/6ZEPO2N3uC

12/08/21

Retweetd From Southwark News

Individual success stories included Abid Ahmed, six 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*; Anson Nguyen Dac, seven 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*, and Syed Ahmed, five 9’s, four 8’s and one distinction*. https://t.co/6gYnwkPNlg

10/08/21

Retweetd From Southwark News

During the national lockdowns they lost around a quarter of face-to-face teaching time https://t.co/B5rSUHxt3i

10/08/21

Our Year 13 students received outstanding A Level and vocational qualifications today. Students have secured places at many Russell Group universities, as well as prestigious degree-level Apprenticeship programmes. We couldn't be more proud! Full story https://t.co/pJH0QfTDxc https://t.co/3pOjIhbL4G

26/07/21

The Department for Education is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England. Find out more at https://t.co/JsMuvGETvg

23/07/21

Pedro, Year 9, recommends Club. "Join Mr Hodgson and co and help take care of plants from the Sizeable Squash to the Minuscule Microgreens." Mr Ingham is very impressed, and even used the spare sweet peas in his own garden! https://t.co/M7hrVPhDiR https://t.co/rKbUE1NIhO

19/07/21

Journalism Club boys and their families at the premiere of their very own film about mental health at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton this afternoon. Well done year 8! https://t.co/s31l7VwtYQ

17/07/21

Year 10 boys enjoy a practical day last week. They had the chance to show off the knowledge they have learned throughout the year and recall practical skills from Year 9 too. Mr Ingham was thrilled to see so many 'Einsteins in the making!' https://t.co/Rj2Z441v4p

13/07/21

50 of our top students have won £10 Amazon vouchers! Well done and keep working on your development. is for life! https://t.co/0hd00tFDxa

08/07/21

Carla Price is presented with her Lockdown Hero Teaching Award - one of several awards received by our staff in the latest Pearson National Teaching Awards. Very proud of our whole staff team :-) https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/WttakFEkS7

02/07/21

Teacher Robin Sedgwick is presented with his Pearson National Teaching Award 'Certificate of Excellence' by some of our boys. We are proud to this year have four of our teachers recognised in the awards https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/gINnIOGSoi

30/06/21

Our Year 9 team won the apprenticeship challenge yesterday. Very proud of our boys! They left school cheering and buzzing having raised £509 for their chosen charity, Football Beyond Borders . Full story https://t.co/pKuKJkgwlO

30/06/21

Our boys enjoy an workshop with - using storytelling, physical theatre, poetry writing and visual art. London has lost its connecton. The local superhero ‘Empathy’, who would normally fix this, has burned out. Can our boys fix it?! https://t.co/xNud2Dwsil

30/06/21

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We delivered our WYZ Money (financial literacy) workshop to a great group of Y8 students at last week. Read our article to see what the students said: https://t.co/Y9n0arUmxe

30/06/21

Massive congratulations to Joshua - the first boy in the academy to reach 550 Harris Points which means he has received his Gold Lapel Badge. Joshua always works so hard and makes excellent contributions in every lesson. A real role model for his year group. Outstanding! https://t.co/INnbkG7MF8

29/06/21

The boys in our club are preparing for their final showcase in July. Harris Boys - full of talent! https://t.co/RjUDtReaf4

29/06/21

Students in Year 8 are learning about the importance of good financial literacy with . The workshop helped our boys' improve their understanding of personal finances and develop a positive and responsible mindset to finances. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it! https://t.co/YeBwTXkO2X

23/06/21

We are very proud to have four of our teachers recognised in the Pearson National Teaching Awards this year. The awards tie in with National , which is for ALL staff working in UK schools and colleges. https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/CtqiNIxKDQ

23/06/21

Today is national , and you can send a card to a teacher or school of your choice using this link. We'd love to hear from you!🙂https://t.co/d34kzTvTuZ

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Posted on September 19th 2019

Principal Peter Groves on Why Teachers Should Sometimes Take Risks

Peter GrovesPrincipal Peter Groves on how Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich is encouraging teachers to take calculated risks, and whether he could be educating a future prime minister.

I’ve been teaching at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich since it opened in 2009, so I suppose you could say I'm fairly invested in this school! When we opened, for the first five or six years we were doing everything for the first time, so things evolved rapidly and changed constantly. But in the last four or five years we’ve deliberately set out to reflect more, in order to improve, and carry on reflecting and improving. It means that as an academy we are growing increasingly confident and are far better placed than we were a few years ago, though we've been rated ‘Outstanding’ since 2011.


Doing things differently

One way we’ve become more confident is by encouraging teachers to take more risks and innovate in their teaching, rather than always playing it safe. For example, instead of spending a lesson doing questions and answers from the book, a teacher might organise a ‘marketplace’ exercise with students getting out of their chairs and sharing ideas in a different way. Or the teacher might go outside in the playground with students to enact a Roman testudo formation, so students really get the idea of how the Roman army was organised. In Science we’re looking to do a lot more practicals. It’s these sorts of things that the children will remember, and the ideas will get inside their heads more.

Building up relationships with our boys is key as well. That’s why we greet students on their way into school each morning and get to know a bit about what makes them tick – even small things like knowing what food they like, what after-school clubs they’ve joined or what football team they support. It shows the boys that we care about them as individuals and it really pays dividends in the classroom when it comes to learning.

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Giving people chances

In the last few years we’ve worked hard to improve the behaviour and reward system too. Students are now rewarded with Harris Points when they do something right, just as we are in the real world, and sanctioned with negative Harris Points when they do something wrong. But positive Harris Points can now cancel out the negative ones, so boys have a chance to earn their way out of a ‘negative’ situation. We’ve had some real success stories in recent weeks. One boy, for example, had quite a lot of negative points earlier in the year but has reversed that sufficiently to earn a bronze star. That wouldn’t have happened last year. It gives people chances.


Teaching resilience

Students are growing up in an uncertain world and we need to prepare them for that. Think how much has changed since the school opened in 2009, in terms of the internet and social media. And that change is going to continue. Many of the jobs our students will eventually do have not even been invented yet, so they need to be prepared for the unknown.

We can prepare them partly through the core academic curriculum and the transferrable skills such as thinking and teamwork that are embedded in our curriculum. This will give them the academic credentials they need to get them into the door of wherever they want to go. But they need resilience too. This is a tough world they are going into. They are going to make mistakes and trip up along the way. We are working hard to embed in students the idea that if you get knocked down you get back up and try again, and try harder. The Maths department are really good at that, for example. They teach students about developing the right ‘growth mindset’ before you even start a problem-solving task. Because with the right state of mind you’ll be better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way – including not getting the job you want or when something doesn’t go right in your personal life – and still find a way through.

People often comment on what a calm, purposeful building this is, and members of the public write in and say what good ambassadors our students are for our school. But you can’t stand still. It’s a case of relentlessly questioning ourselves about whether we are doing the right thing and asking hard questions. Because the moment you get an ‘Outstanding’ assessment and great set of results and then sit back, that’s when it all goes wrong.

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Unblinkered

By nature, I’m a very reflective person and the Executive Principal, Chris Everitt and I hold ourselves to a very high standard.  We will pick up on the minutiae that perhaps other people might not notice, but that is what will keep us ‘Outstanding’.

And I’m a big believer in the young people of today. At times the media offers negative stereotypes of young people as ‘social media zombies’ with little to offer the world. Whereas I see children who are questioning and inquisitive and want to find the answers to the challenges the world faces.  Young people are not blinkered. They understand that racism, intolerance and inequalities should not be accepted. For the boys, it doesn’t matter if you are LGBT, or from a particular community, or different religion; you are all part of society.

Our ambition is for the boys here to become whatever they are capable of becoming. Why shouldn’t a student from Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich go on to be prime minister or an astronaut, or the entrepreneur that starts the next Apple? They go to a great school.

Peter Groves, Principal