Is your Classroom John Lewis or Poundland?

‘A disorganized, unkempt, or clutter-filled classroom sends the message to your students that poorbehavior and middling work habits is acceptable—regardless of how often or how forcefully you say otherwise.’ When I read this post I was taken back to one of those meetings with an LA advisor who always scared me to death as a new head teacher. She seemed […]

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Should they go outside?

Hopefully, the recent surprise of hot weather at a time of the year when we are normally wrapped up warm, snuggled in front of a fire (or feeling the warmth of central heating) has seen us outside. In this post from Malcolm Bellamy ‘The importance of learning outside’ highlights the benefits of children being out side and the learning that […]

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Think Teaching – an approach to writing

Writing continues to be an area of the curriculum that causes concern. However, teachers are being creative with different approaches. Here, Nikki Davies, a writer herself, shares her latest approach with her Year 5 class. It is producing some great results! For the past three weeks we have been carrying out an intensive study of Michael Morpurgo (the year 5 […]

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Meet the Teacher with a Difference!

Now that the term is well under way, some schools are arranging a ‘Meet The Teacher’ opportunites. Sometimes these are held  before the new term starts but this canbe a bit confusing all round with folks not knowing where they are going. Holding them once things are under way helps to make parents a little more relaxed. They will know the names […]

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Parents – Please listen!

We may think there is a negative climate around education at the moment. This postlays out for parents some of the things teachers would like them to know. Although it is from the US, they cover the same areas that our teachers would love parents to know! In the spirit of getting off on the right foot this school year, I […]

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