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The Teenage Brain - Cory Lowde

We were very pleased that on Tuesday 15th November at 7pm Mr Cory Lowde, Headmaster of Box Hill School came to address our parents to share his extensive research and understanding of “Coping with the teenage brain!”. Cory explored the challenges of what parenting a teenager can be like.  He combined thoughts from a career in secondary schooling incorporating seven years as ‘Dad’ to 73 boarding students, bringing up both a boy and a girl who are now at university, and his hobby of the science behind brain development.  The talk was easily accessible and fairly informal, with questions, discussions and comments from the parents who attended.


Cory very kindly agreed to share his slides with us so parents can look back at the key aspects of the talk. On their own it is hard to share the message as Cory presented in such an informative manner sharing his personal experiences backed up by the theoretical perspectives outlined on these slides. At the end of these slides I have made some bullet points of the key learning from the talk that resonated with me both as a teacher and a parent. I am happy to hear from others who were there or from parents who would like to talk through any aspect of the slides.

Parent Workshops 15th November 2016:


We were pleased to be able to share with parents this week, some key information about calculation strategies used in Key Stage 2 and early mark making and handwriting for parents of younger children. Thank you so much for those who made the effort to come along. We do appreciate that these events are not always easy to attend so for those parents who weren’t able to make it we have uploaded the relevant powerpoint presentations below.


In the Spring term there will be further parent workshops so watch out for future dates. For Key Stage 2 parents, the likely focus will be aspects of the new spelling, punctuation and grammar curriculum. However, if there are other areas in which you feel you would like support please do not hesitate to make suggestions via the class teacher, school office, Mr Samuel or myself.


Mr Laing

Click Below to Find Out More About How To Support Your Child Through Progressive Calculation Strategies

Click here to see the 'Early Mark Making, Handwriting and Phonics Parent Workshop Presentation