Category Archives: Social issues

A Trip Too Far?

An English Trip to Shakespeare’s Birthplace For the last fourteen years I have taught English to secondary-aged pupils at a Pupil Referral Unit in the Midlands. Many of these students are vulnerable and complex, some are in care, and a … Continue reading

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Tough Love

Last week I finally returned to work. After nearly six months off, I at last felt emotionally and physically able. I was also feeling a bit isolated from the world of teaching, and anxious to be ‘back among it’ I … Continue reading

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Successful Behaviour Techniques : the Key to Teaching in PRUs

For the last 12 years, I have taught English at a large, city-wide PRU — or pupil referral unit. In our case, the PRU operates as a number of small centres spread around the city. Our PRU is for pupils … Continue reading

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Mark Rogers (Chief Exec of Birmingham City Council) Responds to my Blog ‘Notes on a Scandal’

I’m delighted that Mark Rogers, Chief Executive at Birmingham City Council, has taken the time to comment on my latest blog, ‘Notes on a Scandal’. For those who may not have read it, the blog deals with the (sometimes) systematic … Continue reading

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Notes on a Scandal

*17th February 2020 – I would like to stress that any potentially inflammatory comments which this blog may elicit – or has elicited in the past – are in no way in line with my personal views. Thank you. Should … Continue reading

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Ofsted: The Medicine That Kills.

Last month, Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of OFSTED had this to say about Children’s Services in Birmingham: “…These characteristics of failure have been encapsulated in one area in particular, England’s second city: Birmingham. What is shocking is that this is … Continue reading

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