Why do we do it?

I was involved in a very thought-provoking conversation on Twitter recently. The other participants were a primary teacher and someone just starting their third year at University to become a teacher. The primary teacher had just started a new job – nothing unusual in that. However, the new job was in a new country. They had moved from Scotland to […]

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What did you learn today?

When I was at school, the teachers were expected to teach me the ‘three Rs’. For those youngsters amongst you that is Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.  Whichever way you look at it, that is wrong in the literate package of reading, spelling & speaking & listening! I never understood how that set a good example for the teaching and learning […]

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TW3!

So….by now most schools in England will have seen some children by now. I know our colleagues in the other parts of the UK have had them in for a while. The title refers to ‘That Was The Week That Was’ which was a weekly TV programme with a satirical look at the news. The question is –  How was […]

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Governors’ Corner!

This occasional series sprang out of a chat with my dear friend Dianne Spencer She is a brilliant head teacher leading her team to provide some amazing educational experiences for their pupils. This space is about and for school governors, one of the most underrated sections of leadership in our schools today. It is here for you to share so […]

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Great Expectations and Blank Pages!

We are coming to the end of the long summer holidays and for many parents, children and people in the education sector, it is a time of new beginnings. This is the time of the blank piece of paper. Sometimes during my first assembly of the year I would mention blank pieces of paper. I would show the children the […]

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University at all cost?

Do all other professions have seasons? My only experience is of education & that is always in a season! We have the ‘starting the year’, ‘mock exams’, ‘proper exams’, ‘results’ seasons. In between we have some normal ‘let’s just teach children & help them learn’ time. At the moment we are in the Results Season. For quite a few years […]

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Tales from the Head’s Office #3

Having retired as a primary head teacher & following the suggestion of my dear friend Paula I have decided to write an occasional series about the highs & lows of my headship career. It spanned 13 years & included 3 schools. I hope you enjoy my tales! *****************************************************************  Royalty This picture is of me with my dearest friend Trina. It was […]

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