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Insult of the week

Insult of the week

In the last year or so I have been sharing some of the more comical insults I receive on twitter. They’re always my most popular tweets.

Staff Morale & Behaviour

Staff Morale & Behaviour

Seemingly constant ‘Bad Behaviour’ without resolutions can make for a very despairing atmosphere in schools. As leaders, it is our position to support the staff within the moment, as well as find longer-term solutions.

Being an ally – how far should we go?

Being an ally – how far should we go?

What is ally-ship and what does it really mean? How far should we go?
How far do we put ourselves out or inconvenience ourselves and how much extra time do we spend making equality happen in our classrooms and schools?

Tough Love

Tough Love

The importance of skills such as compassion, patience, understanding and nurturing cannot be underestimated in our roles as educators.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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...

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