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About milkwithtwo

A blog about my experience as a Head of Year, looking at some of the issues faced by young people and teachers in the UK. Offering straight-talking child-centred advice.

12 years a teacher.

Sorry I have been a bit quiet lately. I haven’t posted for a long time. I haven’t lost my love for education or pastoral care but I have had some developments which I will share with you all over the … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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A new start

I was asked by Teacher Horizons to write about how international teaching has affected my family and career following on from our move in 2012.

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Safer schools- knife crime and how to detect it without knife arches.

The tragic death of Mrs. Maguire highlighted the unpredictable nature of being a Head of Year. She¬†was pastoral leader of 10 years, there was probably nothing she had seen or witnessed in her career which spanned 40 years. Her death … Continue reading

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British International Schools- a cultural imperialism?

I was teaching a year 8 class yesterday about Victorian England in preparation for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; the Horrible Histories excerpt which depicted an advert for a Victorian Maid in the style of a well known (in the … Continue reading

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Coming out in School- a young person’s story

Being gay and deciding when and who to ‘come out to’ can be a very traumatic experience leading some young people to self harm and depression. As Head of Year, it can be extremely difficult to tackle especially when the … Continue reading

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International Schools- what to expect, look out for in your first international school.

International Schools recruit via Skype and then overseas in cities across the UK. How do you know the exciting job offer and contract that follows is all that the enthusiastic Headteacher says it is? Everyone always says ‘research’ is the … Continue reading

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Saturday detentions and litter picking…

The Guardian’s Secret Teacher spoke candidly of how behaviour management affected his/her classroom and about how Gove is misguided if he thinks that children who ‘climb out of windows’ will turn up to Saturday detentions. The problem of behaviour is … Continue reading

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Tough Young Teachers: “I would have cared, if he did.”

I have been watching the Tough Young Teachers with mixed feelings. This week in particular I felt compelled to write about it. The episode focused around two pupils and their relationship with their teachers, Charles and Claudenia. Both starkly different … Continue reading

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Meditation, mindfulness and positivity: Dr.Brad’s guide to behaviour management.

Dr Brad Mc Gregor or Dr Brad Kavie as he is known to me, has left some very interesting comments on my blog mostly critiquing my defence of ‘white working class boys’ and my post about GCSEs for ‘factory fodder’. … Continue reading

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