Let’s go, team!

Posted July 30, 2019 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Leadership, Management, Teamwork

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This video covers some basic management theory in relation to teams and how they function.

Click here for the video link

What’s Leadership got to do with it?

Posted June 1, 2019 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Leadership, Management

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Taking up a new leadership and management role such as a Deputy Head or Headship can always seem a very daunting proposition. Listed below are three short films which might allow you to make sense of what you have let yourself in for:

On being a Deputy Head

Hints for Deputy Heads : Respecting others

Deputy Head training: the first day of term



Henry VIII ~ time for some revision

Posted April 21, 2014 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Revision, Year 8 History

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It’s time for revision on the topic of Henry VIII. Let’s face it there really are only three areas in which you could be asked: The Henrician Reformation; the marriage policy; an assessment of how successful a monarch he was. Of the three probably the Henrician Reformation is the most likely target ~ but do not go putting your golden eggs all in one basket just because I wrote that! The only way to be safe is to cover all of the bases with revision.


Some PowerPoint presentation slides in connection with the Henrician Reformation that you might find useful are;

Protestant belief ~ on why Protestantism was so different from Catholicism and why it offered so much to Kings and Princes.

Henry needed a divorce1~ the political and personal reasons for needing a divorce

Henry and Protestantism ~ How Henry allowed the Reformation to be carried out and the role of Thomas Cromwell in all of this.

The dissolution of the monasteries ~ it does what it says on the tin

Don’t forget that with Henry is was always about: Power (especially securing the Succession); Money. It could also be about Religion and Love or should that be Lust?

Finally ~ want to watch some telly and do some revision? (what’s not to like?) then try:

Clip 1

and Clip 2


Essay Guidance on the outbreak of the First Civil War and the defeat of the King in 1645.

Posted April 16, 2014 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Essay Guidance, Year 8 History

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Writing an analytical essay is always difficult but the key is to use question analysis to identify what the examiner is looking for and then to plan an essay which is built around the fact that we answer the question ‘why?’ with explanation not with description. It is also important to remember that causes can be categories into Long, Short and Trigger and that an explanation of an historical event needs to recognise that.studying hard

This link takes you to a short film I made which guides you through an approach to the question: ‘Why did King and Parliament go to war in 1642 and why was the King defeated in 1645?’.

An essay on Mary I ~ some guidance for you

Posted January 5, 2014 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Year 8 History

The essay title is:

How far is it true to say that Mary I would have regarded herself as a successful monarch?

Sneaky, huh? What you need is some help ~ fortunately some is at hand in the form of a brief guidance movie to be found here

You might also enjoy a quick look at Lady Jane Grey

and the Horrible History guide to Mary.


Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries

Posted November 8, 2013 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Year 8 History


These two short films outline the theological and political ideas behind the Dissolution of the monasteries.

Clip 1: the Dissolution of the monasteries Part 1

Clip 2: the Dissolution of the monasteries part 2

Henry VIII and the Reformation ~ Essay Guidance

Posted November 5, 2013 by rmcarlysle
Categories: Year 8 History

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This links to a short film which offers help on how to tackle the essay title:

‘The Henrician Reformation had little to do with religion, and everything to do with politics’. Discuss this view. How far do you agree?

Revising US History

Posted October 31, 2013 by rmcarlysle
Categories: General Interest (well

Preparing for your American SATS? Feeling overwhelmed because you haven’t studied much of this stuff in the English schooling system? Never fear, as with almost everything in life, there is a brilliant YouTube clip (or set of clips in this case) to help you.


The crash course series can be found here: CLICK ON THIS LINKstudying hard

Homework for the evening of 3rd October 2012

Posted October 2, 2012 by rmcarlysle
Categories: GCSE, International Relations

I would like you to do the following please:

1. From the AQA International Relations Book take notes from p72 on the Potsdam Conference

2. Under the notes do Task 1 & 2 p72

Want more information on the origins of the Cold War (you know that you do!)

The origins of the Cold War ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpYCplyBknI

The effect of the atmomic bombing of Hiroshima http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF4LQaWJRDg


International Relations ~ The origins of the Cold War – the Yalta Conference

Posted October 2, 2012 by rmcarlysle
Categories: GCSE, International Relations

Here are the PowerPoint slides which deal with the Yalta Conference

Origins of the Cold War ~ Yalta Conference