Snow closures – avoidable?

Those beautiful, uniquely designed flakes of crystal water are with us again. Yes, it is snow! If you are a Christmas card designer it is manna from heaven. If you are in any other profession I suspect it is a bit of a nuisance. Up until recent years, apart from our colleagues in Scotland, heavy falls of snow were not […]

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Behaviour in school – whose responsibility is it?

In an article reviewing the 2010 Behaviour Survey  by Parentline Plus, Teacher Support Network(TSN)and the National Union of Teachers,  Sue Atkins highlights concerns that behaviour in schools has declined over a number of years. Among the statistics quoted by the educational professionals surveyed are that 70% of teachers have thought about leaving the profession because of this increase, 81% have […]

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Competition!

This short and light-hearted post comes from a prompt on Twitter. The tweet said ‘Sometimes I think that schools invent ‘things’ just to keep the competitive mummies busy. Harvest Festival on Friday *sigh* (@MostlyYummy) It got me picturing school staff sitting in the staff room racking their brains for another ‘competition’ to occupy these yummy mummies.. Let’s see: World Book […]

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Laying Foundations!

One of the most exciting and new things for me when I became head of a primary school (See here) was the fact that I had children from 3-7 to look after. Apart from worrying that I might step on the nursery children (!), my other concern was that I knew very little about what was done ‘down there’ I […]

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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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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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Tales from the Head's Office #7

Having retired as a primary head teacher & following the suggestion of my dear friend Paula this post is part of an occasional series about the highs & lows of my headship career & my opinions now I am no longer there! It spanned 13 years & included 3 schools. I hope you enjoy my tales! ************************************************************* Could Do Better! […]

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