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”

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?”

Blast!! And the quote is …. gone?

Before training to become a teacher, many moons ago, I had gone through many different phases about what subject I wanted to teach. First, it was History. Then it was Art & Design – short-lived, as I soon realised I wasn’t good enough to be an Art teacher and didn’t have the patience for ArtContinue reading “Blast!! And the quote is …. gone?”

To display or not to display?

The moment a teacher gets their own classroom is an exciting one. It’s kinda like getting your own home (not that I have had that experience … yet), but it’s what I imagine is a similar feeling. Your mind starts racing about how you are going to set up your classroom (will you have yourContinue reading “To display or not to display?”

Talk? Think? Teach?

You might be wondering why I have titled my blog ‘Talk, Think, Teach’ or you might be sitting there going, ‘It’s pretty obvious, why are you writing a blog post about it?’ Well, I hope it is the former, otherwise you’ve wasted time coming on to this blog post. Sorry. Anyway, for those of youContinue reading “Talk? Think? Teach?”

Advice to the Next Generation

Last week, saw the end of my two year training to become a teacher – QTS, tick. NQT, tick. Woohoo! It’s made me think about what is important to thrive as a trainee/NQT, especially as there are lots of trainees out there in the #edutwitter sphere clambering about asking what they need to do toContinue reading “Advice to the Next Generation”