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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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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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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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‘Born for factory fodder, but the factories have closed down.’

Aspirations. We have been trying to raise them for the last decade, telling pupils they can be anything, anyone and education is the key to life long success. I am not sure how I feel about telling a pupil to … Continue reading

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Did you make a difference with everyone?

The short answer is nope. But you never give up trying because there just might be one thing that is remembered and changes a young person’s course. B had the bluest eyes and blondest hair, a slight gruffle in his … 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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