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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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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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Homecoming- how two tragedies united a year group beyond classroom walls.

My return to Britain at Christmas was filled with the usual family and friends gatherings, but this year was filled with a sense of sadness; I felt compelled to meet with some of my ex-pupils to share in the tragedies … 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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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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So why did you leave the UK?

I left the UK a year ago to join a growing number of teachers who had left for sunnier, Ofsted-free climes. I remember talking to my union rep in the countdown to my departure, she asked if I knew how … Continue reading

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Failed. Must do better.

BBC Headline: Thousands of teenagers fail in GCSE English and maths Well I was one of those failed teenagers who failed Maths, did it make me an out right failure or did I get that grade when I was able … 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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