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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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