This will be a minifesto, in which I will outline my key thoughts about primary teaching in a really condensed, misleading, facetious, probably untrue and flippant way. I won’t go into much depth, in the hope that someone will turn my phrases into those artistic images with my wisdom overlayed onto Hawaiian sunsets. Also I […]Read more "A Primary Teacher Minifesto"
I have shared my views on Britishness previously, here and in a slightly festive slant here. More recently, rather than wallowing in my own thought vacuum, I have had the pleasure of leading a course, which allowed me to spend time with other teachers discussing that most juicy of questions: what does it mean to […]Read more "On FBV and Britishness"
This week is a nation-wide week of testing. Seven year olds, eleven year olds, sixteen year olds, eighteen year olds. SATS. GCSES. A Levels. Tests are a cause of enormous stress for everybody, but for nobody more than those sitting them. As teachers, our sense of our ability rests on their tests. As parents, our […]Read more "Testing Times"
I have the good fortune of living near a bookshop. When I walk in, I do not blindly grab at any book from any shelf, purchase it, read it and then form an opinion on it. As I walk in, I look first for the shelves that I am already interested in – often religion, […]Read more "Opinions, Interests and Knowledge"
It would be a dramatic overstatement to say that I was ever a good sportsman. I played basketball seriously between Year 8 and Year 11, and we trained every night after school but even then, I noticed I couldn’t quite channel the will to win in the same way my friends could. If I felt […]Read more "Why I Can’t Coach Sport"