Category Archives: Education

The 1.30 Club

I was watching ‘Born Naughty?’ on Channel 4 last night. The mother of a young boy thought her son had a chronic sleep issue which manifested as frequent periods of stressful wakefulness throughout the night. The knock-on effect of this … Continue reading

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For the Love of Books

  “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird As a very young child, like so many others, my school reading consisted of Janet … Continue reading

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2014: Top 5 blogs.

These are the posts of mine that got the most views in 2014. Thank you to everyone who read, shared and commented. 1. Ofsted – carrying on regardless May 2014 In which I wrote about the traumatic Ofsted experience of my job … Continue reading

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British Values and Character: “You will be judged on this.”

Last month the DfE released (non statutory) guidelines for schools , for the somewhat thorny issue of the ‘British Values’ that we are now required to nurture in our schools. Having read the document, I must stress that I think … Continue reading

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Does Blogging Empower Teachers?

Late in 2012, I decided I’d start writing a local history blog. Although, having been an English teacher for the last 19 years, this possibly wasn’t the most logical choice. I did write one history post, but it wasn’t long … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tristram Hunt’s Teacher Oath Idea

The problem with the teacher oath idea is that we have very few agreed values in teaching. We are still arguing about what constitutes a quality education. Of course, we can all agree that we want the best for kids, … Continue reading

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The Resourcefulness of Teachers.

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” Isaac Newton I’m sure there must be other professions that are similarly prone, but it does seem to be that schools are … Continue reading

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Lesson Observations: Progress at Last!

Today I had my latest lesson observation. For those who may not be aware, I’ve had a long, drawn out, and, at times, deeply unpleasant battle with my school’s management team over the accepted internal lesson observation process (and the … Continue reading

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Nine go to Ofsted

Today I went to a meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at the Ofsted office in Birmingham. There were nine of us Twitter teachers present (@FKRitson @maddymoran @JamesHu63571530 @LouRegan1 @llewelyn20 @schamberlaincca @ShellTurner4 @MissDCox and me @cazzypot) and very pleasant meeting it was too. … Continue reading

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Ofsted Clarification for Schools: Spread the Word!

I am delighted to see that Ofsted have produced a clarification for schools document. At last, it seems, Ofsted have accepted their responsibly to offer some guidance for schools regarding what Ofsted do/do not expect to see. As much of … Continue reading

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