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...

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...

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...

Peace in Zimbabwe!

There's something optimistic about a large city early in the morning, particularly on a Summer Sunday when the streets are almost empty, everything smells fresh and the whole day is spread out before you. We left our Paris hotel just before nine o clock and made our way towards the Louvre, walking past cafes and brasseries just opening for business and adding the aroma of coffee and fresh baking to the atmosphere. Read More...
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