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Happy Holidays – not for all

School trips can be a little daunting – last week Sarah was swearing in my face and threw a box of slime at my leg… can we really release her onto the general public?

Like a bull at a gate: how do we ease problems in Education?

We have problems in our schools, and we need solutions. We;ve all suffered at the hands of ‘new solutions’ and ‘big initiatives’being implemented before the problems have been fully understood. This blog examines how best intentions aren’t always that helpful.

How useful is perfectionism in Education?

Can perfectionism be useful in education? Should we strive for perfection ourselves as educator? How about for our pupils, classes, schools? Or can perfectionism be destructive?This blog examines these questions.

Miss, are you a lesbian?

This month is LGBT History Month in UK schools. I am an out teacher,  and as it happens, no, I am not a lesbian - I'm bisexual. (although it's tricky sometimes to say the B word in front of 30+ teenagers - it has the word SEX in, and can lead a lesson astray for a...

Finnish Education: Balance for Better – Part 3

I returned from my month's Education trip to Finland a few days ago. The questions I am now being asked on a regular basis are: - Is it just amazing? - Do they have loads of resources and money? - Are all the students well behaved? Overall the answer is: well,...

Finnish Education: Part 2

With my second school visit under my belt, my head around the main points and differences between Finland and the UK, I have been able to find many surprising similarities, and have even found the odd thing about the British system that I think works better! Missed...

What on earth makes Finnish schools SO good?

This time last year I had a thought. I work with students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - vulnerable people in our society who are segregated, excluded and marginalised. A group of people who, for some at a young age, were told in varying ways "you are...

Whose book is it anyway?

A mainstream memory. The year 10 books have gone missing.I taught a double research lesson with no books.How has this happened?Someone at the top of the hierarchy decided that new books were needed. New shiny books where no doodling or multi-coloured pens are allowed....

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom

"Inspiring workshop that has directly affected my planning and teaching. I am now thinking very differently than I did before this session. It really is a case of needing to walk in someone else's shoes to understand their issues. Thank you." - Teacher Participant...

As Subjects We Stand Together

“Elevating some disciplines over others only reinforces outmoded assumptions of industrialism and offends the principle of diversity.”[1] In addition, dividing subjects rigidly in education is impractical and unrealistic. In our day-to-day lives we do not function in...

The Dis-ease of Education

“When you find the places where a culture splits from a natural truth you have found a key, a way inside the dis-eases of the culture.”[1] I read this quotation recently whilst relaxed, in the sunshine during the summer holidays and yet it’s effect on me was that...

And breathe…

Alongside focus on content, learning and progress it is vital that our students know how to look after themselves and their wellbeing, especially around exam times. This blog shares my three main tools. To book a session with me on Exam Preparation Wellbeing then...

Education and Discipline

There are as many ways to combine these two concepts as there are students and teachers. In fact, maybe it’s more like students multiplied by teachers.  The discipline for one student may not be appropriate for another.  Discipline should be equal across the board –...

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