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Introducing EISAF (the Emotionally Intelligent Schools and Academies Forum)

I have visited hundreds of schools in the last four years, which has given me an incredible insight into the way they work. Having been a Headteacher myself, I had years looking at the school system from the inside, but now look back and realised that to a certain extent I had become institutionalised following the ‘Ofsted agenda’ just like everyone else. Read More...

Queen of the South

The Teacher Recruitment & Retention Team has a mission to attract the best teachers in to Kent schools and extensive plans are made every year. As part of these we look to compile attractive adverts and are always looking for new angles. Just recently I was using a daily paper as a blotter, which just happened to be turned to the football fixtures for next season. The following advert resulted... Read More...

"Do you tweet?"

Rejoice fellow Tweeters and advocates of social media; this question is now officially grammatically correct. As of June 2013, the verb 'to tweet' now appears in the Oxford English Dictionary. Read More...

Moving On Up

It is now well recognised and understood that the move to secondary school can be one of the biggest changes in a child’s life. For some, without the resources to cope with the move to a larger setting and increased responsibility, it can be the point where academic attainment drops away never to return. And even for those who are better equipped emotionally and academically for the change, it is still as stressful as it is exciting. Read More...

A Fresh Start

Starting a new school as the Headteacher can be daunting. Starting at a school that actually doesn’t exist yet is very daunting – and strange too. Read More...

Stating the Obvious

Having started my first headship in January after a rather jam-packed nine years of teaching, the realisation of the responsibilities of the job are truly sinking in. No longer do colleagues stop to talk, albeit briefly, as teachers are far too busy to chat about the weekend, husband, children etc. Read More...

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...

The Lunch Table

You can learn a lot about people over a dinner table. The Headteacher and I regularly eat dinner together in our school hall with the children. Not only does it give us the chance to catch up, it allows us to get to know the pupils in a different context. Read More...

Welcome to the Kent Teach Blog!

Welcome to our brand new blog, we hope that this will give you an insight into the world of teaching. For those of you already teaching hopefully you will be able to relate to the stories, ideas, concerns, resources and breakthrough moments that our bloggers will share with you. Read More...