To what extent can Bitcoin replace Sterling? | admin

Phoebe, Year 13, explores the use of Bitcoin as a currency and its potential to replace Sterling by discussing the limitations of the new currency.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which is a digital currency that uses cryptography for security, and a worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralized digital currency, meaning the system works without a central bank or single administrator. It is based on a special field of maths called cryptography which is the study of how to secure communications, this being one of the main issues with not having transactions being overseen by a central…

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As teachers, do we need to know about big data? | admin

Clare Roper, the Director of Science, Technology and Engineering at WHS explores the world of big data.  As teachers should we be aware of big data? Why, and what data is being collected on our students every day… but equally relevant questions about how we could increase awareness of the almost unimaginable possibilities that big data might expose our students to in the future.

The term ‘big data’ was first included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013 where it was defined as “extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and…

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DYT Week Ahead: Time for Ofsted to turn words into action | admin

Read DYT’s education policy round up with a literacy and SEND focus. 
10th December 2018 

Last week I asked if SEND provision would feature in Ofsted’s Annual Report, we learnt on Tuesday that not only did it get covered but was a central tenant of Amanda Spielman’s speech and the media coverage that followed. Our Director of Operations, Karen Wespieser has taken a deeper look into what the report had to say on SEND and literacy. Although it’s very encouraging to see these issues finally take centre stage, there is plenty for the education community to work on.
Coming up this week:…

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Global partnerships | admin

Claire Baty, Head of French, considers the importance of global links in education, with particular reference to a developing partnership with a school in India.
“Let us together create pathways for our children connecting local to global”
Rima C Ailawadi, Principal of GD Goenka Public School, Model Town, Delhi

One of the key aims of WHS is for ‘every girl to leave [the school] prepared to shape the society in which she lives and works’. However, we have another responsibility that I think goes hand in hand with this particular aim; helping our students to realise that society is not…

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Being a Music Scholar at WHS | admin

Clara and Lara, the WHS Year 7 Music Scholars, describe how their first term as scholars has gone and the opportunities that being a scholar has given them so far.
Lara (Year 7)

The thing I love most about being a music scholar (in addition to the great refreshments at concerts) is the opportunities it presents. From various concerts – to writing this article! I think all of these opportunities have helped me grow as a musician.

First, the Autumn Scholars’ concert. I had watched a scholars’ concert before, whilst in the junior school, and I remember thinking how amazing they were and how…

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