Category Archives: Head of Year

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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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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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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If you lock them up, then you throw away the key- Youth Offending and why education isn’t enough.

How far can you hold on to a pupil who is on the wrong path outside of school? C was sentenced to Her Majesty’s Pleasure at a well-known young offender’s institute. When his mum telephoned me with the news, I … Continue reading

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Homecoming- how two tragedies united a year group beyond classroom walls.

My return to Britain at Christmas was filled with the usual family and friends gatherings, but this year was filled with a sense of sadness; I felt compelled to meet with some of my ex-pupils to share in the tragedies … Continue reading

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White, working, class boys: why it is poverty and not teaching that fails them.

In my beloved mark book, I used to have a code for EAL, SEN and FSM* which Ofsted/SLT** wanted to see being targeted in lessons across the school- these are the areas which attracted additional funding for the school and … Continue reading

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Girls, now, now! Jealousy is a beautiful emotion.

At some point in everyone’s life we feel the burning rage of jealousy. It hits us as children like a punch to our abdomen and it hurts. It can lead to tears and anguish but for some young people it … Continue reading

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For the Greater Good or Glory?

Heads of Year deal with everything from teenage pregnancy to family deaths. It’s disheartening to watch the childhood of some pupils taken away by the sudden and painful grip of adult issues. The anecdote that follows made me reflect upon … Continue reading

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