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Stop! How do we actually switch off?

Stop! How do we actually switch off?

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?
Happy Holidays – not for all

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?

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...

What on earth makes Finnish schools SO good?

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?

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

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...

Practical Pedagogies 2018: Realising you’re stuck in a fence

Practical Pedagogies 2018: Realising you’re stuck in a fence

Cologne Nov 2018  Keynote speaker, Hywel Roberts, shared a picture of a cow stuck in a fence. “The fence is the stuff that stops you being the teacher you were going to be. We’re here to sort the fence out.”  This conference gentley forced me to question my own...

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