Monthly Archives: October 2013

Holidays and why some pupils hate them.

As teachers we spend our lives counting down in half terms, I just spent mine taking in the tourist sites of Bangkok with my two and half year old. I wondered what he will remember of the hair-raising ride in … Continue reading

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So why did you leave the UK?

I left the UK a year ago to join a growing number of teachers who had left for sunnier, Ofsted-free climes. I remember talking to my union rep in the countdown to my departure, she asked if I knew how … Continue reading

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Undercover Boss- Wilshaw’s to go undercover in Birmingham’s Children’s Services

Sir Michael Wilshaw blames bad parenting for society’s ills and condemns 86 children’s services- 20 of which are inadequate. If you ever have spoken to a social worker, you will know they are faced with an impossible task being wedged … Continue reading

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Failed. Must do better.

BBC Headline: Thousands of teenagers fail in GCSE English and maths Well I was one of those failed teenagers who failed Maths, did it make me an out right failure or did I get that grade when I was able … Continue reading

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Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford

When I became Head of Year 7, I was told by a member of staff that the only reason I got the job was because the school couldn’t afford to lose three English teachers especially those who didn’t cost a … Continue reading

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The names you remember and the ones you don’t

In conversations with students, I am often asked why I wanted to be a teacher. When I was five I loved school, so much so, I would come home and recreate the classroom for my teddy bears and little sister … Continue reading

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When a child is unhappy at school

If your child is unhappy at school, it can be a pretty miserable existence for parents who are often baffled by the sudden change in a child’s attitude. Turn to your school, ask your child’s Head of Year if they … Continue reading

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