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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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School – A place where creativity can flourish

As a mother of two young children, nothing pleases me more than watching my children play. I love to observe the inventiveness of their young minds as they stock pretend shops with shells, stones and leaves or fashion imaginary tools … Continue reading

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In Memory of an Outstanding Teacher

Mr Graham, ah, Mr Graham; a rotund, somewhat-less-than-healthy-looking middle-aged man. A great big bear of a man: slightly crumpled shirt, loose tie, a suit that had seen better days and the perpetual aroma of stale cigarette smoke. Mr Graham: a … Continue reading

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Is Michael Gove Lying to Us All?

There is no doubt about it: I have spent long enough ranting about both the internal and external inspection systems in schools.  I think prior readers will by now have realised, maybe even appreciated, my views on the whole disgraceful, … Continue reading

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Empowered and Free? Not me, Mr Gove!

Michael Gove delivered a speech at The Policy Exchange, London yesterday (5th September), in which he championed both teachers and teaching. For a short while afterwards I felt a nice, warm glow of something approaching relief. I think there are … Continue reading

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Are Rumours of the Death of NC Levels Exaggerated?

It has been over six weeks since I first saw this: “God. DAMN. Levels are toast. They ‘will not be replaced.”’ Late one night in June, Tom Bennett was broadcasting this news all over Twitter as loudly as he possibly … Continue reading

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More Great Expectations. Gove’s New National Curriculum: Garden Path or Right Track?

Gove’s New National Curriculum: Garden Path or Right Track? The six-week-holiday is fast-approaching and us teachers have some holiday reading to do. The new draft National Curriculum is OUT THERE, published last Monday (8th July) to be scrutinised, and critically … Continue reading

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