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An activist in education, makes us stop and think

Next September, Dylan Wiliam will be in Barcelona teaching a course on Assessment   within the St. Paul's 50Th anniversary celebrations, Richard Russell, Head of Research and Innovation ...

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embrace La Castanyada!

As in the previous article I feel we would be better forgetting the commercial celebration of Halloween and embracing local traditions. They are charming, quaint and full of meaning. Since moving here...

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The conference aimed to share ideas about what it means to educate in a multilingual environment

The first edition of “Learning Through Language: the changing role of teachers” took place this weekend at St Peter’s School and focused on the changing role of the teacher. The conf...

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The standard of private independent education

Talking with...Elena Cid, managing director of CICAE  CICAE (www.cicae.es) was founded in September 2010, created by nine prestigious private and independent establishments. It is cu...

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Tips to make the most of Ramadan and to get good marks as well

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar: the name in Arabic is Sawm. Each year the month of Ramadan falls on a different date as it follows the lunar calendar and this means that there are a...

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Thread worms Pin worms or lombrices

This is another common childhood infestation in children aged under ten. Thread or Pinworms are 1cm long tiny white threadlike parasitic worms that live in our intestines and are passed on very easily...

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8th April, International Day of the Gypsy People

Many myths and legends surround the origins of the gypsy people, whose real name is Rhom or Sinti. This community has its origins in the Indian subcontinent although currently the majority of gypsies ...

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Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine received her Global Teacher Prize award

On the 13th of March, 2016, Pope Francis announced the 2016 Winner of the Global Teacher Prize in a ceremony held in Dubai, and the winner was: Hanan Al Hroub  Hanan grew up in the Palest...

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New sales models and the changing digital content have shown this sector to be rigid and outdated

Despite the clear protection afforded to  publishers of textbooks under Spain’s education policy, textbooks face a changing future. Factors such as the price of books, publishers’ fal...

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There are new needs arising and new professions

  New technology is causing certain professions to disappear: for example taxi drivers. In five years’ time there will be a driver-free taxi platform in London operating under Uber, the ...

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In Spain grandparents over the age of 65 take care of their grandchildren

Data from Spain’s Health Ministry show that 70% of grandparents over the age of 65 take care of their grandchildren and that 49% do so on a daily basis (2013 data), for a period of between five ...

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Strength, balance, courage and common sense the aim of Catalan human towers

Castells are over 300 years old. They originated in Valls in southern Catalunya and were originally only popular in the south but in the last 50 years have spread and there are now 60 colles (groups) ...

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Welcome to Christmas, as we know it, in Asia

Swarthy Santas sailing in across a turquoise lagoon, scantily-clad Santarinas singing Christmas songs (and ringing in the cash tills) in shopping malls and hotel lobbies, giant snowflakes and baubles ...

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An alternative to do your Christmas shopping with fresh air

Christmas, Street market time in Barcelona It’s Christmas time, which means rainy weather, shorter days and in Barcelona, streets ringing  with more life and activity than at any other s...

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Is there anyone today who hasn’t heard of Singapore? That little island at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula?  As the city state celebrates its 50th birthday all this year, here’s a ...

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If fitness machines and the loneliness of conventional gyms

If fitness machines, closed spaces, dumbells and the loneliness of conventional gyms bore you, then Crossfit is the sport for you. Its a new concept of multidisciplinary training based on 60 minute...

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Foreign investors love Barcelona

 “ Besides being an indicator of the sector’s vitality, BMP is also a catalyst for the property sector’s revival  and a trendsetter “  “ Since 1997 Barc...

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To be connected, or not to be

Social media can bring joy. It has been a wonderful companion while living overseas. However, I’m realising it can also bring great sadness. August has been a distressing month I was deeply affe...

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You are new, school is back! So What should you do?

Firstly, go into Barcelona as much as you can,  as eventually life will take over and “exploring” vanishes. Don’t rush to the big attractions: you will visit them repeatedly as ...

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A level results saw “no major change” today, with a very minor 0.1 percentage point increase in the overall pass rate. By subject, however, there were some more noticeable differen...

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a cementery in the heart of Barcelona

The Fossar de les Moreres is an important place of remembrance every year during the National Day of Catalonia (Diada Nacional de Catalunya in Catalan). The holiday commemorates the date on ...

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Catalonia’s national day

It all started on the 11th of September 1714,  when in a very divided Spain, king Philip V won the war against the Aragonese troops, who defended the Hapsburg dynasty’s  claim&nbs...

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All you need to know about Sanfermines

The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain) is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6th of  July, when the opening of the ...

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Chupinazo The opening of the festival is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo (or txupinazo in Basque language). The rocket is launched at 12:00 noon on 6 July from a city hall balcony w...

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a perfect family holiday destination

Even if you are a beach person, when you have children, the mountains offer an  alternative experience as a place to get away and enjoy activities, with the sensation of freedom that comes from b...

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the journey of a yoga teacher

Jo Kemp is a yoga teacher and photographer, whose journey has brought her from West Yorkshire to now practice in Sitges. Jo is one of only five senior Dynamic yoga teachers in the world.  &nbs...

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Important if you and your family live in Spain

Anatomy of the skin, showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.   The skin protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature...

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This is an open-top train: you feel close to nature. It runs for 3.5 kilometres and has 4 stops:  Pobla de Lillet, Pobla Centre, Jardines Artigas and Museu del Ciment-Castellar de n’Hug.The...

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New British School in Barcelona, St.George’s School St George's School is a British school which offers an outstanding alternative, providing an education from age 2, which is creative bu...

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in the world rankings of cities for cost of living for expat

Madrid and Barcelona occupy positions 115th and 124th in the world rankings of cities for cost of living for expatriate employees, so down more than 50 seats each from the previous year, the study of ...

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