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British International Schools- a cultural imperialism?

I was teaching a year 8 class yesterday about Victorian England in preparation for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; the Horrible Histories excerpt which depicted an advert for a Victorian Maid in the style of a well known (in the … Continue reading

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International Schools- what to expect, look out for in your first international school.

International Schools recruit via Skype and then overseas in cities across the UK. How do you know the exciting job offer and contract that follows is all that the enthusiastic Headteacher says it is? Everyone always says ‘research’ is the … 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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My Reflective Journal- GTP 2004/2005.

The following is my journal from my first full year of teaching. I took up post in April 2004 and taught for the summer term. The Year 11s had study leave, there was no real pressure on me, two of … 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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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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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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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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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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