S.T.O.P (right now, thank you very much)

No, sorry to disappoint, but this is NOT a blog post about an iconic Spice Girls song, but maybe it should be? But instead it is about a teaching technique that I adapted and developed over the last academic year to support students with their extended writing and staying focused on the task – calledContinue reading “S.T.O.P (right now, thank you very much)”

Top 5 Tips for Trainees and NQTs

As the summer holidays continue, it is great to see more and more trainees and NQTs joining the hive-mind of #Edutwitter and reaching out for advice on what is best to be doing ahead of September. There’s no one size fits all approach – each teacher, classroom and school context is different. My main pieceContinue reading “Top 5 Tips for Trainees and NQTs”

The ever-moving puzzle board: The Seating Plan

Seating Plans. Whether they are for a wedding or for your classroom, they can be a nightmare that keeps on coming and can never feel complete. Seating plans are like ever-moving puzzle boards – constantly shifting and changing with every minute of a lesson or from lesson to lesson. One lesson a seating plan mayContinue reading “The ever-moving puzzle board: The Seating Plan”

2020/2021: The year of growth

The end has come. The year that felt like it was never going to end has arrived. Now, it is time to rest, recuperate and relax ahead of next year where I start my new position as Subject Lead in History. But, before that, it is time to take stock, reflect and recount on whatContinue reading “2020/2021: The year of growth”

Top 5 Tips for being a Tutor

We’re coming to the end of what has been a pretty hectic, traumatic and down-right exhausting academic year – am I right? But there will be some of us who may have gotten some the news that they are going to be a tutor for the first time from September, might be getting a newContinue reading “Top 5 Tips for being a Tutor”

Wellbeing: going beyond the buzzword

*Some of the research and arguments presented in this blog post have been pulled from my PGCE assignment into policy and practice in education. Why wellbeing? In recent years, there has been a boom in interest in wellbeing as part of the growing mental health crisis in society. These debates have not been excluded fromContinue reading “Wellbeing: going beyond the buzzword”

What is Leadership?

This year I have been placed on a Team Leader Level 3 Apprenticeship course, or as the Federation I work for are calling it a Diploma in Team Leadership. I jumped at the chance to do this course, as even though I have been a leader and manager in my previous lives in politics andContinue reading “What is Leadership?”

Simplicity Rules, okay?

During my NQT year, my mentor liked to have lots of conversations about how to improve my workload, so that I never felt overwhelmed. He knew that I was someone who would take on a lot of jobs, and along side being an NQT, I was also starting out as my school’s More Able CoordinatorContinue reading “Simplicity Rules, okay?”

Plugging the gaps to #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY

The phenomenal campaigning and co-ordination by Marcus Rashford on #FreeSchoolMeals and #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY is astounding. The galvanisation of civil society to step up to the plate where the Government have absconded their duties is one to be well and truly applauded. As someone who spent a big chunk of my career in politics as a SeniorContinue reading “Plugging the gaps to #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY”

Why the #FreeSchoolMeals vote stung

In reaction to the #FreeSchoolMeals debate in the House of Commons a few days ago, something hit differently. This is just business as usual for the Conservatives This was not the first time that the Tories had tried to take food out of the mouths of children. When I used to work in politics, itContinue reading “Why the #FreeSchoolMeals vote stung”