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Well we got no choice…

…all the girls and boys, making all that noise…school’s out for summer! (Almost). I can forgive the poor grammar of Mr Alice Cooper for two reasons. Firstly, he has almost a god-like status in our house and secondly, summer holidays are very nearly upon us. Hurrah!




I am one of those parents who actually relishes the summer break. Yes, it costs us a fortune, yes by the end of it you may want to kill each other, but that heady freedom of the summer break can’t be beaten. I consider myself extremely lucky because I’ve always had the holidays off with our lot (those teachers, flipping part-timers, blah, blah, blah) and our kids are fantastic if I do say so myself. This year will be a little different, as this is the shop’s first summer, which means I have waved a slightly shocked farewell to the six week holiday. However, we have lots of groovy stuff going on to entertain not only our family, but hopefully others too!

I’m an inquisitive person by nature, so always like to know what other schools do when their Year 6 pupils leave them for good. Some have a graduation ceremony, others a prom, perhaps a social gathering or two…every school is different. This is going somewhere, honest.

booksA few weeks ago we were approached by the Chair of Governors from Ingrave Johnstone, with a lovely request which I feel compelled to share with you. Their PA do something rather wonderful; they sponsor a book buying spree for the children. Each Year 6 pupil is asked to purchase a book which will bear a bookplate with the child’s name and be placed in the school library, as a legacy if you will. Isn’t that inspiring? So this morning, the children came along in the roasting heat, to buy a book each and just chill out with myself and Mr Frog for a while. The children were an absolute credit to their school, choosing thoughtfully and never once forgetting their manners. We were extremely impressed.

A truly beautiful way to leave your mark before heading off into the sunset, embarking on a whole new adventure.

*We gave a 10% discount on all purchases, plus free delivery. Supporting local schools all the way!
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CP What?

CPD, or ‘Continuing Professional Development’, is the fancy term that we use when we talk about training. You can get into a good old argument about the differences between ‘training’ and ‘development’, but I don’t have the energy for that right now!

English: Training Français : Formation
Not my ideal training scenario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


That’s better!

 If delivered (and I would argue, attended) effectively, then CPD is a way of managing your own development. It should never be just a tick-box experience where you can go back to your portfolio and add a meaningless generic title to your list of courses. I have been to many a course where the best part of the day was the sweets on the table.

English: A selection of Swizzels Matlow sweets...
Sugar, the teacher’s true friend!. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, when I started to put together a programme that we would offer at Chicken and Frog, I determined that the courses we offer for schools allow the participants to:

  • be self-directed, active learners
  • set realistic goals and objectives
  • have the space for reflection and review, through concrete experiences

How will we ensure that this is the case? I have been completely self-indulgent in the choices of courses on offer and am only willing to provide a day that I have a personal interest in. This does sound very ego-centric, but isn’t it better that I am passionate about the material than choose something that I don’t have a keen interest in? I do not profess to be an ‘expert’, but I do have a great deal of experience which I am keen to share with fellow educationalists.

If you would like to find out more, do visit our ‘Schools’ page or drop us an email to

N.B. There will be sweets on the table!