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Preparing for Interviews

Preparing for Interviews
So, you got an interview – well done! You’ve successfully jumped the first hurdle, now you need to get over the next one. 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….

…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...

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

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...

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...

"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...

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...