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Time for a cuppa?

Time for a cuppa?
Did you know that Ginger enhances bronchodilation and used in conjunction with over the counter cold medications can ease those blocked airways when battling against cold and flu symptoms. Read More...

Vitamin D can be our best friend during the winter months...

Vitamin D can be our best friend during the winter months...
Why is it so hard to fight the draw of the infamous “duvet day” as the temperature drops and the mornings get colder and darker? As our sleep and waking cycles become disrupted by the lack of sunlight, it’s no wonder we feel tired and sluggish. Less sunlight means our brains produce lower levels of a hormone called Melatonin which in turn makes us feel sleepy. Read More...

Create Some Me Time

Create some me time this autumn and take care of your health If you dread the clocks going back - and the thought of darker nights and lower temperatures - then now's the time to think about your own wellbeing. Spare a few minutes and do something good for yourself today. Read More...

Ticking Boxes

Ticking Boxes
Last night, in conversation with a senior lecturer renowned for his creative approach to teaching and learning at one of our best teaching colleges, he told me that after spending a day with his Teach First students on creativity in the classroom and when asked how they might channel all this creativity effectively their response was to use it in an ‘oral or mental starter’ or as part of a ‘plenary’. They had missed the point entirely. He was disappointed. They have clearly spent too much time in schools already. Read More...

…and it starts all over again….

I write this as I begin to consider this week’s Everest of marking, planning and organising that needs to be done before term begins again next week, and I feel oddly calm. It is most disconcerting. Read More...

An Irish NQT in Kent

Living in Northern Ireland, I was acutely aware of the few job opportunities there was for NQT’s. However my drive and passion to teach forced me to ignore the critics and complete my initial teacher training. My time in university was indeed four of the most memorable years of my life during which I grew both as a teacher and as a person. Read More...

Café Culture

When I was of school age, OK so that was a long time ago, my grandfather was a painter and decorator and on occasions when he was feeling generous he would take me out to dinner (at lunchtime) at a café at the end of Wastdale Road in Forest Hill. These events were much prized because they were an entry in to a society made up exclusively of working men, all in their working clothes, taking a break from the skilled manual jobs they had. The only woman in the place was the owner’s wife who did some of the cooking and some table clearing. The café was a classic “greasy spoon” with Formica topped tables, half tiled walls and hard chairs. There I was first introduced to the delights of baked rice pudding with custard on the top. Read More...

Anger Management

Obviously, there are teachers out there who are very angry about what Chris Keates terms the 'relentless attack on the teaching profession.' After all, 82% of the 40% turnout voted for industrial action (for the non-Maths specialists amongst you, this equates to 32.8% of the NASUWT membership) - not an insignificant minority. Read More...

The Never Ending To Do List

Why is it that however organised we all seem, for some reason there never feels enough time in the day to do everything we want to? For those that know me this might come as a bit of a shock as on the exterior I am a cool, calm, collected sort of person, but on the inside I have moments of panic. Read More...