The children of the country are not preoccupied with the contested movements of a special advisor. Most children are currently preoccupied with boredom, home learning, fear of the virus and the loss of their own freedoms – the freedom to attend school, to socialise and to play. For many of them, they are preoccupied with […]Read more "Can we talk about anti-democracy with pupils?"
It’s all gone to pot. Edenred, despite having the slogan ‘For an easier life’, has managed to put forward a system for free school meals so blindingly unsuitable and unprepared, that many heads would have had an easier life if they themselves had individually harvested crops and raised livestock in their playgrounds. We are suffering from […]Read more "As has been made clear: onwards through the omnishambles"
The desire to make a difference motivates many teachers. This presumes two things that may or may not be true. The school system as it is is not functioning as well as it could (or else why even bother trying to do something differently?) An individual teacher can make that profound difference happen. Teaching plonks […]Read more "Finding yourself as a teacher: fixing by breaking"
How is it going, everyone? Some of you have been becoming Youtubers this last fortnight. Some of you have become sudden technophiles, issuing tasks, praise and sanctions to children in their pyjamas (whilst you sit at home in yours). Some of you have been in school teaching the children of public sector workers only. These […]Read more "So what happens when we get back to school?"
It was brilliant to engage with so many people after posting the first set of eighteen ideas for bringing poetry to life in the primary school. I got a lot of enjoyment from pulling them together, and just as much from chatting to teachers, friends and even some poets about it all. It helped me to reflect more […]Read more "” You say Garibaldi!” – 9 more ways to inject poetry into the primary school"
Here is a smattering of thoughts, ideas, links, projects, organisations and a few people who might help you to bring poetry to life in the primary school setting. No pretending here that this is anything other than my own subjective brainsludge – I am a keen and devoted amateur; a teacher who writes poetry and […]Read more "18 (mostly unexpected) ways to bring poetry to life in the primary school"
Here is bluntly what I want to say. I think reading matters. I think writing matters. Here are some thoughts on why, based on working in a weird range of settings at the moment. The work I am doing, with various hats on, is the context for my views. I’ve put a bit about that […]Read more "Reading can matter and writing can hurt"
I find these year in review style posts to be quiet helpful. They fix you in time, capture what you’ve been up to and how you feel about it, and it can be interesting to look back on. I view the 2014-15 academic year as the best I’ve had, now that there is a healthy […]Read more "nurture 19/20"
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We ran two retreats for children aged between nine and eleven this month, and each was fascinating in its own way. The first one was able to equip the children to express themselves particularly clearly – the poetry that the children have written is amongst the most fluid, idiosyncratic and expressive we have had. […]Read more "Retreating"