Educating Bradford: Dixons Trinity Academy

Educating Bradford: Dixons Trinity Acadamey. This article expresses what we have heard from parents, students and teachers at Dixons Trinity Academy! Great Work is certainly being done there.

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‘Mastery, autonomy and purpose are part of everything we do.’  

Blaine, Guide, Year 8


‘I’d like my legacy to be: she was a world-leading anthropologist’  

Saleka, Guide, Year 9


‘It’s not revolutionary; the difference is, if we say it, we mean it and it happens’  

Luke Sparkes, Headteacher


‘We [teachers] don’t want to go home at half-term. And we’re so excited to see our pupils again at the end of the holidays- I love them!’

 Dani Quinn, Head of Maths


‘Would it affect my 100% attendance, if I left for a doctor’s appointment and then came back, Miss?’  

Kamile, Year 8


“We’re running a poetry slam? Who wants to go to the hall?”

Year 9 pupil, followed by a hundred Year 9s to watch the poetry slam they’d organised.


‘The pupils and teachers are so happy here!’  

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Secular Pantheon: what can schools learn from religions?

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‘Spirituality is nothing more than the ancient and abiding quest

for something greater than ourselves – something greater than our own egos.’

Crucible Court 

JUDGE DANFORTH:A person is either with this court or against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time – we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world.


PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless:I say — I say — God is dead!

Watching The Crucible at the Old Vic theatre in London this week, the parallels with English education were striking. Arthur Miller’s indictment of the lunacy of the 17th century Salem Witch Trials is an allegory of 20th century America’s anti-communist interrogations. But it also speaks to a modern fear of theology, and it could have been written as an allegory of an Islamaphobic…

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Pharrell – Happy – BRITISH MUSLIMS!

Honesty, integrity. Life Lessons.

The Honesty Policy


We’ve been quiet the last 2-3 weeks, and for good reason. Someone left a comment on the first blog saying “what are you gonna do to do things differently?” Well here it is.

Gandhi famously said “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” and this has been the abiding principle we have followed throughout this project.

We like to smile and laugh, and we had an intention to make other people smile and laugh. You should know, when this was being devised and filmed there was nothing but smiles, laughter and joy on the faces of the people who participated. It was amazing to watch the raw footage that was sent in to us of people who never knew each other laugh and enjoy themselves having fun.

SO what is it? Well first we had an idea. We sent a…

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The value of poetry and literature.

Great authors and poets have transmitted their deep insights into the inner drives, actions and reactions of the human being. They have recognised how history has worked, and used this to move ahead. We too can use poetry and literature to steer new directions. This article relates to this, and discusses the impact of literature on the brain.

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The need for a wholesome education

Despite other differences which we may have the university system, this article does well to highlight the importance of ‘soft skills’, and the providing of an education which prepares students for the future: “It is about realising professional potential. It isn’t about guaranteeing them jobs, but ensuring that when they go into interviews, for example, they have the knowledge, the soft skills, the networks, the experience.”

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Changing Lives.

This video excerpt taken from the film ‘Coach Carter’ brilliantly sums up the potential outcomes of mentoring. Listen closely as Coach Carter thanks the student. This is what the process of educating is – a symbiotic relationship between the teacher/mentor and student.

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December 15, 2012 · 1:29 pm