One A woman in her mid-thirties sits alone in the beer garden of an East London pub. She is being harassed by a persistent abrasive man who has been table-hopping for free drinks for hours. We, a group of teachers, invite her over to join us to get away from him, and she stays for a […]Read more "In schools, relationships are everything"
I’ve been an Assistant Headteacher for just over a year now. In my school, I oversee Year 5 and Year 6. The way the role works is that my time is dedicated to this phase; I am expected to spend 1 day covering in Y3/4 (to cover the teachers’ PPA and give me a chance […]Read more "Being an AHT: one year thoughts"
One of the highlights of my childhood was the period of time I spent as Doncaster’s Under 9s Badminton Champion. It was a difficult tournament that I had to win to get the title; though I had a bit of luck on my side, in the end, talent shone through. Friends would ask me to […]Read more "Memory, Childhood and School"
Later this week I’m meeting up with a friend to help her set up a Twitter profile and a teacher blog, and to help get her established. It shouldn’t be too much of a struggle as she is already a stupendously good teacher with a lot to say, and she is keen to get started. […]Read more "5 Reasons Why Edu Twitter Is Good"
It is a melancholy object to those who traverse the classrooms of this great country, when they see the schools cluttered with tattered books filled with pupils’ thoughts – sellotaped together by similarly tattered teachers – and witness the grey clouds of curiosity billowing over the young like a bad smog. I think it is […]Read more "A Modest Proposal To Fix Our Broken Education System"
Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I gladly allow it to leak across my timetable, and find it hard to cull a good session when the kids are interested. It is memorable for them, and even with the older ones I teach, the act of pausing the daily routine, getting down onto the carpet, is one […]Read more "Improv(is)e Your Storytelling"
There are plenty of things that I don’t like about my office. I don’t like the fact that my swivel chair collapses on itself at unexpected moments, sending me juddering to the ground. I don’t like how my pens all disappear (though I know it is from me absent-mindedly leaving them all over the place). […]Read more "Shelf Life"