Nick Morrison

How to beat the rest with a back-of-a-napkin philosophy

An epiphany, scribbled down in haste, provided the impetus for this year’s TES secondary of the year

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Displays are a big feature of the corridors at Stanley Park High. There are silhouette Jekyll and Hyde figures outside an English classroom; brightly coloured masks along the art corridor; and a disembodied model head next to the hair and beauty salon.

Less visibly arresting is the group of four framed pictures, three large and one small, on one of the school’s quieter corridors.

The three larger frames hold sheets of flip-chart paper, each covered with writing, bullet points and flow charts. On closer inspection the smaller one – featuring the same handwriting – turns out to be a paper ...

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