Downsizing to small houses

When a school feels ‘too big’, student behavioural issues can arise from a sense of disengagement, but a house system with a difference has renewed a sense of community at John Tomsett’s school

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Since the first book in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series was published in 1997, school house systems have been enjoying something of a renaissance. A quick internet search reveals that many schools adopted the system after teachers and students alike were inspired by scenes of Quidditch and Sorting Hats.

Yet, a house system should be more than just a gimmick. When my leadership team and I decided to introduce houses to our school, a large secondary comprehensive in Yorkshire, we were trying to tackle a particular problem: the sense of disengagement that students seemed to be feeling towards ...

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