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25/05/18

Well done to Mark Heaton, Director of Music who received the award of ‘Secondary Teacher of the Year’ and Charlotte Fletcher, Teacher of Music who received the award for ‘NQT of the Year’. Images from the presentation can be viewed via this link https://t.co/oOMtrwlS82

24/05/18

Congratulations to Year 7 who came joint 1st at the STEM Engineering Finals at BAE Engineering today! https://t.co/CH6eFmlrGH

24/05/18

Momentum is gathering for the final day of Set Your Hands Free week at Invicta. How will staff manage without their iPads, Macbooks, IWBs, MMP, visualisers, email, the Internet........ https://t.co/f2PkoNr46V

24/05/18

In 7G’s science lesson today they were building their own rollercoasters. They were investigating kinetic and gravitational potential energy. https://t.co/hdziXXbTo9

24/05/18

We are very proud of the students too! https://t.co/4g6etTe20V

23/05/18

Invicta Students have been enjoying their 'Set Your Hands Free' time this week and have been writing their messages on the hand notes in reception. https://t.co/Ve5AP4dICU

23/05/18

Foundation (MMF) held an evening for members from Invicta to show parents and students how Invicta works closely with the museum and the advantages of such a pilot partnership. The tour centred on the Egyptian mummy in the refurbished Ancient Lives Gallery. https://t.co/905YRu7Qao

22/05/18

Year 8’s freeze frames inspired by Wilfred Owens poem ‘Exposure’. Abigail 8V, Digital Leader https://t.co/QaldcZEGNV

22/05/18

7V in their science lesson, experimenting energy and creating their own roller coasters using marbles, clamps and wires. Lily, Digital Leader https://t.co/1GoXu4eJGa

22/05/18

The inaugural Informal Concert was held in the Auditorium. The audience was treated to a variety of solo performances and duets, with pieces ranging from Mozart to Muse. The Chamber Choir finished the afternoon with a thrilling performance of 'Old Albram Brown' by Britten.

22/05/18

Invicta recently hosted the exciting Invicta Cooks Competition. There were 28 finalists who worked in pairs and ‘cooked off’ against each other. We were delighted to welcome Head Chef Lee Edney and PR Director Anne Herring from the The Swan West Malling who supported this event. https://t.co/wxgpJtFvcq

22/05/18

Belgium teachers were welcomed visitors to Invicta and Valley Park Schools, observing and teaching some lessons, and touring the schools. They were very impressed with our use of technology and interactive lessons. https://t.co/VpR6RzLvNQ

22/05/18

Around 30 Year 5 students came to Invicta for a workshop on The Charleston Dance from the roaring 20's. The dance is energetic, fun and has a lot of fast footwork. After the Charleston, they created their own dance routines. They also learnt facts about the dance and the 1920’s. https://t.co/rHPjFsYWT7

22/05/18

Well done to Lucinda in Year 8 who is going to have over 12 inches of her hair cut off to raise money, and for her hair will be used to make a wig for The Little Princess Trust. Donations can be made to her just giving page: https://t.co/Z00oQV1gHH. https://t.co/gwgcFlULJS

22/05/18

The West Kent Befriending Service has been one of Invicta's RAG Charities for the last year. There was an article in this week about the charity who are trying to raise extra funds for their befriending service and can be sponsored via: https://t.co/Mc37eFrdZy https://t.co/zZoi3nYc6F

21/05/18

Thank you to everyone that attended the Year 5 Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your lesson! We look forward to welcoming you to the next event on Saturday, 23 June 2018. https://t.co/FZuo2tYziQ

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who is re-qualifying for her Karate Blackbelt, with a view to going for her second Dan in October. The Camber Sands physical training was a full 4 hours of running up and down sand dunes, push ups in the sea, Katas, and other exercises. https://t.co/XtfsYFsN1n

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who recently competed in her Swimming Club Gala, finishing 1st in the 4 x 1 Individual Medley, 1st in 50m Backstroke, 2nd in 50m Butterfly, and 3rd in 50m Backstroke. https://t.co/kZflF9WIOD

21/05/18

Well done to Jasmine in 11I and Ellie in 11C who played for Maidstone United under 16 Ladies in the Kent League Cup Final on Sunday 13 May against Canterbury City and won 5-2! https://t.co/mktTHeYOxB

21/05/18

Year 8 student led revision session on file size conversions. https://t.co/eMOWVfC1tE

21/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Be principled about Science and Technology. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

18/05/18

We look forward to welcoming parents with daughters in Year 5 to our 'Year 5 Open Evening' on Monday, 21 May 2018 at 6pm. https://t.co/fFhIzfxavC

18/05/18

On Tuesday, Year 5 students enjoyed a dance workshop on 'The Charleston Dance' from the roaring 20's! Students performed with as much energy as The Charleston demands with lots of characterisation! Thank you Miss Palin. https://t.co/lwJL05RRxk

17/05/18

Some pictures from the Year 13 Germany themed History bake off today! https://t.co/KAnsyKUOtV

17/05/18

Well done to Hannah in Year 8 who has auditioned and been accepted to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance starting this September. https://t.co/OBGdlTLrG9

17/05/18

Congratulations to Thibau in Year 12 who is 1 of 5 winners of a research trip to a Hong Kong University to undertake a summer school out there. His entry was a 15 page booklet based on “Hong Kong: The Best Place For Start-Up Entrepreneurs." https://t.co/fHRa2ZMAN7

17/05/18

Have you read any of the Invicta school blogs recently? https://t.co/IkFzogwz5c https://t.co/lms1et8icS

16/05/18

Invicta's D of E POP group have been practicing erecting and folding away the tents in preparation for their next expedition. https://t.co/lvNREupmi2

16/05/18

We are very proud that Rudi Dharmalingham was a student at https://t.co/DgxPGn9rJr

15/05/18

Hadlow College are holding a Country Fair and Open Day on Saturday 16 June with many demonstrations and activities.

15/05/18

Invicta will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday raising money for their RAG charities. https://t.co/WLz10Up7fv

15/05/18

Exciting news! Students are now able to use their KCC Travel Pass on buses in the evening, during school holidays and at weekends!

15/05/18

Well done and thank you to the Year 9 students who made an amazing selection of cakes for the Heart of Kent Hospice Bluebell Walk on Sunday, 6 May. The cake table raised £900.30 at the event! https://t.co/G74qFKNOiW

15/05/18

Well done to Abigail in 7I who participated the Dance Competition ‘Starpower’. Abigail performed two dances; Cheerleading, with 4¾ stars, 1st place in her category and 5th overall and Contemporary with 5 stars, 1st place in her category and 1st overall. https://t.co/zW9ebwfMcu

15/05/18

Congratulations to Chloe in 7N who competed in a show jumping competition at her riding school - Horseshoes Riding School. She managed to get a clear round with no faults. Chloe also competed in four races and came first in all of them! https://t.co/FoCYSERh9T

15/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event. Amelia jumped a clear round, placed 5th in the team obstacle, and 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in races! https://t.co/MZb89FNK9B

14/05/18

Retweeted From Get Into Teaching

"I didn’t find my confidence until I led my own class. During my training year I was constantly doubting my abilities but when I began my NQT year, the doubt washed away and I began to relax in the classroom." Top tips for your NQT year from https://t.co/42MVqx6B6m

14/05/18

Retweeted From Kent-Teach

Do you have some keen photographers in your class? They could enter the photography competition and be in with the chance to feature in next year's calendar! Full details on their website: https://t.co/cxVTUOnS4T https://t.co/I1DEYYEe4w

14/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Care about the Arts and Media. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

11/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event with clear round success! Well done also to Chloe in 7N, Becky in 7C and Ella in 7A who all competed at Horseshoes Riding Club in Loose! Chloe placing 1st and Becky & Ella securing 1st & 2nd in the obstacle course! https://t.co/rHAdzQteNG

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Posted on: January 8th 2018

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.  However, I would rather think about the fact that when we make resolutions, we make choices.

In October, Richard Thaler won this year's Nobel Prize for Economics. He co-wrote the global best seller ‘Nudge’, which explored how humans make bad or irrational choices. He referred to the fact that we are not the rational beings of more traditional economic theory: given two options, we are likely to pick the wrong one even if that means making ourselves less well off. 

Lack of thinking time, habit and poor decision-making mean that even when presented with a factual analysis - for example, on healthy eating, we are still likely to pick burger and chips; we are hungry, in a hurry and burger and chips is what we always buy. 

‘Nudge theory’ takes account of this, based on the simple premise that we choose what is easiest over what is wisest. Tests have shown that putting healthier foods on a higher shelf increases sales. The food is more likely to be in someone's eye line and therefore "nudge" that person towards the purchase - whether they had any idea about the obesity argument or not. The results of what Thaler’s team were able to achieve were so impressive that governments across the globe took the ideas on board and the Behavioural Insight Unit, or ‘Nudge Unit’ for short, was set up in the UK in 2010. This unit looks at how they might add a compelling reason to an ordinary official request, for instance asking people to pay their parking tickets, sign up for a pension, or become an organ donor - the sort of official letters you might get through the post that often get ignored. 

Using the acronym EAST, their principle is that if you make a request to someone that is easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely, people are much more likely to do what they are asked. The Nudge unit recruited 100,000 more people each year to carry organ donor cards. They discovered that the most effective slogan to present to people renewing their car tax disc online was one that appealed to them personally – therefore when you signed up for a car tax disc, it asked you the question: "If you needed an organ transplant, would you have one?". This one simple addition to the form has persuaded so many more people to sign up to be an organ donor. One of the interesting points Thaler makes is that ‘friction costs’. If you make things just a little bit easier for people, at the right time, in a way that looks good to them and makes them feel like they will be the odd one out if they do not do it – they will probably do the right thing. 

Teachers already use nudge theory on students – they personalise feedback, to get to know them and what helps them work most effectively. There are lots of nudge tactics at work in school. But we can also use nudge theory for our own benefit - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely. For instance, really working hard on handwriting and spelling makes it much easier for an examiner to read your work and give you the good mark you deserve. You can make looking out for each other the social norm; and if you take the lead, for example by refusing to take part in, and always reporting, cyber-bullying, then research shows that other people will follow you down that easier path of less resistance. If you are asking for something, from a friend or a teacher, make sure you give people enough time to get the answer for you. Ask in the right way - politeness costs nothing - and you may well be surprised to see what others can be nudged into doing for you when you least expect it. If you create friction, it is more difficult to get what you want and who would want to make life more difficult if they could avoid it?

So, as our theme for this week, is ‘Take Inspiration’ I am advocating that we take inspiration from Richard Thaler.  When making resolutions and considering choices, we need to use the nudge theory for our own benefit and that of others - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely.  I am sure that this will have an enormous impact upon us all!