Stepping out of the Shadows: Why I Chose to Become a Headteacher

Stepping out of the Shadows: Why I Chose to Become a Headteacher
Less than a year ago, at the Kent Deputy Headteacher conference, a representative from the LA asked the delegates if they were interested in becoming headteachers. Those who were raised their hands - I was not one of them. A month ago, I secured my first headship. So, what changed? How did I go from being adamant that I didn't want a headship to actually taking that next step? Read More...

Getting Started

Getting Started
Let me start by introducing myself, I am (finally) a Primary school teacher in Kent. This is my third teaching role since graduating university in 2010. I don’t know about you, but when I first qualified, I did not know how hard it would be to find a job, let alone know how to be any good at it! Read More...

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture
As a Headteacher I rarely get the time to stop, think and ponder the bigger picture. However much I try not to, I can find myself getting bogged down in minutiae on a daily basis. My job is at the coalface of education. I am on the ground, dealing with many complex issues and yes often these issues are small, yes sometimes my actions don't appear to have lasting or purposeful impact but it is these small issues that in reality go on in schools across England every single day. Read More...

Teaching in Kent

Teaching in Kent
Gemma Haughey is a 3rd year student at the University of Limerick undertaking her teaching practice. In January 2014 she joined a secondary school in Kent for a week's work experience. She is hoping to teach Science in Kent as a newly qualified teacher in September 2015. Read More...

Preparing for Interviews

Preparing for Interviews
So, you got an interview – well done! You’ve successfully jumped the first hurdle, now you need to get over the next one. Read More...

Men in Early Years

Men in Early Years
Last academic year I remember coming to the end of term 5 with my year one class, saying to my TA that I was looking forward to another year in KS1. Little did I know at the time that I had been given a career changing opportunity that I hadn’t seen coming. Read More...
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