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A Worldwide Classroom? Get started with digital media for learning

A Worldwide Classroom?  Get started with digital media for learning
It is easy to understand why people in public professions like teaching are nervous of using social and digital media. The drawbacks to putting yourself out in the social media world have been well documented. However, as they continue to seep into every aspect of our lives, the reality is that the longer you put off investing in these tools the bigger the gap you will have to jump when you inevitably do have to start to use them. Read More...

Stepping out of the Shadows

Stepping out of the Shadows
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...

5 Reasons to Eat Kentish Strawberries

5 Reasons to Eat Kentish Strawberries
The British strawberry season is now upon us, and what better place to live than Kent, to buy some freshly picked strawberries. You can eat them on their own as a snack, add some natural yogurt, whizz them up with a banana for a smoothie, or as a treat serve them with meringue and cream! Read More...

The Medway Irish on Parade

The Medway Irish on Parade
The sun is shining in Gillingham high street. I can see a ream of beaming faces beneath a sea of green, white and gold. Beside me, an older gentleman beats out a reel on his walking sticks while two girls swoop in unison to dance to the beat of the Pentacle drummers. The Medway Irish are out on parade, and they have packed the street. But how did they get there? Read More...

Food & Colour!

Food & Colour!
We often hear about antioxidants being good for us in ‘superfoods’ such as blueberries and broccoli, but what do they actually do and why are they good for us? Read More...

Peace at Last

Peace at Last
I have a theory that climbing Snowdon is a bit like giving birth - if you remembered how painful and how much hard work it was the first time, you wouldn't be doing it a second! Read More...

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. Here are some foods you can eat to prevent you suffering from allergies. 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...