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Welcome to Nexilis: the Birchwood Community High School Teaching and Learning Blog

Thank you for visiting our blog- we hope that you enjoy reading our contributions as much as we have enjoyed researching and writing them.

The name ‘Nexilis’ means ‘woven together/ intertwined’ in Latin. Feeling comfortable around Latin and Greek feeds into our ethos that all students deserve to feel empowered to approach new information with confidence and compassion- we want our students to feel able to decode language so our school is filled with references to the ancient languages. The nod to Latin in the name of this blog is an extension of our philosophy that no knowledge should feel off limits. We also feel that the meaning of the word really encapsulates our approach to teaching and learning. Fundamentally, we believe that the very best strategies and ideas are ‘intertwined’ with the support and experiences of others; as well as a range of theories and academic ideas and , crucially, a drive to provide an ambitious and enriching education for our students.

As a school, we meet each half term to explore educational research across five key areas and believe in being open to new ideas and learning from one another. Essentially, there are so many thoughtful discussions happening across the school and so much brilliant work taking place that we wanted to create a platform to share this with each other and with other schools.

We are very proud of the work we are doing- please do get in contact if you would like to hear more about any of the blog posts, we would love to hear from you:

Latest Blog Posts


Oracy by Sam Rigby-White So here I am. I am the new Deputy Headteacher at Birchwood and I am so happy to be in my new role! I have spent half a term in my role so far which has been exhausting but fabulous. My responsibilities lie with the Quality of Education and CPD...

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The Power of the Assembly

The Power of the Assembly   by Nicky Jones In primary school, I loved assemblies. In secondary school, I absolutely loathed them. As a teacher I have always (to the bafflement of many) enjoyed planning and delivering assemblies so it seems strange to me that for five...

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How Routines Develop Classroom Culture

How Routines Develop Classroom Culture by Ray Cowdell “Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey   Anyone who has been at Birchwood for the past 3 years will have seen the beginnings of a...

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A Foundation for Powerful Knowledge

Key Stage Three (KS3) – A Foundation for Powerful Knowledge by Woody Dannan   Unquestionably, science is fundamental to the future and wider development of our local area, country, and the world- this is a fact that has been brought to the forefront of the public...

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PSHE: what would Obi-Wan Kenobi do?

PSHE: what would Obi-Wan Kenobi do? By Nicky Jones ‘Character education is an umbrella term for all explicit and implicit teaching that helps a student develop positive values and virtues. It is about the acquisition and strengthening of virtues which sustain a...

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