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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...

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. Here are the foods you should be eating to improve the health of your heart. 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...

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...

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...

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!
Last Monday I attended an INSET day at school. For once, Sunday was a joy with no lessons to plan for Monday and it felt like a bit of a holiday! I almost felt refreshed when I rocked up to school in my jeans and slightly Christmassy jumper, and I wasn’t alone... There was definitely a buzz in the air from the array of teachers who were feeling a bit naughty having actually enjoyed a Sunday without doing any work. Sssh… Don’t tell anyone. However, this was to be only the beginning of a very positive day indeed. Read More...