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Head's Recommended Reading

27 January 2017

As the Head of a GDST school, I am particularly interested in articles and books on girls’ learning and development. I believe it is important to draw on the latest research on how girls learn and thrive, so that we can fulfil our aim of enabling girls to develop the skills, knowledge, resilience and confidence they need to realise their full potential and personal best, both inside and outside the classroom.

The GDST have published an interesting paper entitled Effective Pedagogies for Girls Learning which you can access on http://www.gdst.net/article/effective-pedagogies-girls-learning-report. In addition to academic articles, there are many excellent books available. We have added a ‘Head’s Recommended Reading’ page to the website where you will find details of books I have read which might be of interest to you as a parent.

The ‘Teaching and Learning Group’ at RHS have been reviewing and discussing ‘The Curse of the Good Girl’ by Rachel Simmons which you will find on the list. In particular, they have been discussing chapter 4 which focuses on feedback. A summary of their discussions will also be posted shortly.

I mentioned last year that I was hoping to establish a link with a girls’ school in New York City, and I am delighted that this is now in place. The Hewitt School, located at 45 East 75th Street, is an impressive and exciting girls’ school with whom I hope we will develop a strong and lasting partnership. You can find details of the school on their website http://www.hewittschool.org The Hewitt School already have a link with St Catherine’s, our exchange school in Sydney, so this adds an exciting extra dimension to the relationship. I have included some videos from their website in my recommendations, featuring their Head and Girls’ Research Scholar in Residence.

You will find my new recommended reading page on our website, if you click on the ‘more from the head’ red button, by my picture on the homepage.

As well as my recommendations, I wish to draw your attention to the GDST Alumna of the Year Award, which has been launched this week. For many of us, the connections that we make at school will stay with us throughout our lives and the GDST offers an impressive network for its pupils both while they are at school and beyond it. Your daughter is invited to nominate an RHS alumna, and she will then be able to vote on the shortlisted candidates when these are decided later this term. From Mary Berry to Emma Bridgewater, Samira Ahmed to Madeleine Albright, the GDST boasts and remarkable list of past pupils. Full details can be found on Firefly and I hope that girls will take the opportunity to participate.

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