Tag Archives: child protection

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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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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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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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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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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Sorry is like toilet paper…

I was watching Educating Yorkshire last night, this week’s focus was Robbie-Joe. There is a Robbie-Joe in every year group, usually flagged up from his primary’s concerned SENCO. There are some pupils you just can’t help but like. Even the … Continue reading

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Stare, care and smile.

There is a common myth that pervades: Schools don’t do enough to stop bullying. My question to you- what is bullying and what does it mean to you? I only ask because no one has ever given me a definition … Continue reading

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Mrs W.

As a teaching Head of Year 7, my usual day would start at 7am and finish when the site manager jangled his keys and asked me whether I had a home to go to. Mrs W became my assistant at … Continue reading

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Divorce and why it is usually the parents who need to grow-up.

The BBC published a story today about children from divorced parents. Whilst I agreed with telling the children and telling them the truth, this option relies on parents being reasonable and seeing things from their child’s point of view. More … Continue reading

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