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Mr Wilding’s Words Lent 3

In many ways, this last week has been all about education here at Claires Court, which of course it is every week, but the last few days have included quite an additional block on adult education too!

Key to providing support for parents are our information talks, and Bob Tait of Drugs Education UK was informative as ever on Tuesday evening. His information pack for parents will be with us shortly, accessible via the parent portal. 

Many thanks to our PTA trustees for taking a keen interest in the second trial of the use of virtual reality headsets in school, as part of our growing portfolio of digital tools in use. The pictures show Year 6 girls enjoying an expedition in the Amazon!

HP invited me to speak at their 2020 launch of their new high end Chromebook series on Tuesday night to retail and education customers. I was delighted to share the platform with HP’s world CEO, the European Education Directors of Intel and Google, and it’s clear Claires Court remains a valued case study for schools and universities yet to go ‘Chrome’.

The first home-bought Chromebooks under our Claires Court Digital Chromebook supply for families have arrived in school for enrolling in our domain; it’s an excellent HP Chromebook from our suppliers Technoworld, and for parents no longer running a PC at home, it’s worth considering as a productivity tool. For more information, please visit our website.

Looking forward, we have a hall full of scholarship candidates on Saturday morning, and I look forward to reading their papers and seeing who has shown us that extra ‘wow’ factor that makes a scholar. It is fascinating now to realise just how important it has become to ‘wow’ universities with skills in the modern foreign languages, and really quite noticeable just how desperate higher education has become to attract that set of skills into their faculty. I represent the 530 ISA schools on the Universities Committee, a highly influential education group representing the education sector. At Queen Mary University of London, they are alarmed that it is now so much easier to find top mathematicians and scientists for medicine and engineering, than it is arts and language students, with linguists in very high demand for almost every university now. 

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