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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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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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‘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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Lost Voices

So this week, my husband had the pleasure of me losing my voice. For two days I was more or less mute. I have never been the silent type, I was given words and a voice so I use it … Continue reading

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Social media is dangerous. Students will write nasty stuff and post horrible things about you online. Advice? Try another social network

Early in 2013, some tragic news prompted me to send a tweet of condolence to my old year group; it was the best way to reach my students who, from ex-colleagues, had been asking if I had heard. I was … Continue reading

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