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Allergy Proof Yourself!

Allergy Proof Yourself!
Are you sneezing, itching, coughing or suffering with a runny nose? If so, you may be the 1 in 4 people in the UK who experience an allergy to some degree. Read More...

Taking Learning Outside

Taking Learning Outside
The concept of learning outside the classroom and outdoor learning has been with us now for a number of years. The Government’s 2006 Outdoor Learning Manifesto outlines that ‘every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.’ It defines learning outside the classroom as ‘the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.’ 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...

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart
How often do you have your blood pressure or cholesterol levels checked? Maybe not that often. Yet, coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's biggest killer - around one in five men and one in seven women die from the disease and an estimated 2.6 million people live with the condition. Read More...

My Time in Kent

My Time 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...

We may experience some turbulence

We may experience some turbulence
“Ladies and gentlemen, we're experiencing some turbulence. Please return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts." I was flying back to England when this announcement came out over the tannoy (although 'being flown' is probably a more accurate description - the distinction is important). Whilst being buffeted around the cabin, I began to question: how much training and experience did my pilot actually have; were they the best person for the job (i.e. getting us to England in one piece) and, most importantly, what could I do about it if I wasn't happy with the way the plane was being piloted? Read More...

So...you are feeling stressed?

So...you are feeling stressed?
Anything and everything has the ability to overwhelm us - it could be the traffic jam, the shopping queue, the paperwork or even something on TV that just annoys us! How can food and diet help us to keep calm? Read More...

Make a Splash

Make a Splash
Did you know 30 minutes of slow crawl swimming can burn up to 240 calories and that’s just the start? Regular swimming can also help reduce chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Read More...

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions
How’s it going or has it already gone? Do you love the resolution of making a new start or does it always turn out to be a challenge too far? If your resolve is to bother with resolutions this year, time is running out, which adds a sense of urgency to the whole purpose of the act. Read More...