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...

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...

Stating the Obvious

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

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...
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