The surface level of understanding is very different from the deeper understanding when it comes to knowing your school community. The surface level is very rarely an accurate summary of the deeper level; more often, the first impressions and the bluntly clear elements may actively obscure the realities of what is going on. When I […]Read more "On Schools and Their Communities"
This will be a quick post, as I am writing it to distract myself temporarily from the horror of my diary for the upcoming half term. In just 24 short days, I am teaching a lot of lessons, doing eleven observations, hosting a leadership session, visiting four schools, overseeing four debating competitions, running a borough […]Read more "Finish at the Start"
There are elements of my teaching as a trainee that I would not want to replicate myself, and I wouldn’t want others to replicate. This includes allowing the growth of a marking mountain, thinking that solely by being pleasant would I win the hearts of the kids I teach and also my liberal approach to […]Read more "Teach like a Trainee"
Are you one of those primary teachers whose classroom is immaculate, whose paperwork is always 100% up to date and who is generally on top of everything? Well go away, this isn’t for you. This post is for those whose classrooms look more like Lidl than Ikea. What follows is a meandering introduction and some […]Read more "To Neaten a Ne’er-do-Well"
Chris Chivers wrote earlier about the reasons why teachers become teachers, why heads become heads and what we would most like to change. As I commented to Chris, it is fascinating that someone who has dedicated themselves to the profession so conclusively ‘fell into teaching’ rather than setting out to do it. This chimes with […]Read more "Why Teach?"
The first year of being a teacher is not unlike the first year of secondary school for a pupil. Just like the step into year seven, you are led by your older and initiated peers to expect to be destroyed by the children at your new school. You get the odd sense that you need […]Read more "A Terribly Candid Letter to New Teachers"
As we all mentally steel ourselves for the September classroom, lots of us will be going in as subject leaders. For those doing it for the first time, this can be as bamboozling as it is exciting. As a subject leader, you hover delicately between classroom footsoldier and school leader, and it can require an […]Read more "7 Tips for Primary Subject Leaders"