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One in Four?

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of OFSTED, claimed yesterday that … One in four – a quarter – of leaders in secondary schools are not good enough … and that got me thinking about the Heads that I’ve served under in my time in the classroom. I’ve worked for seven different Head Teachers, most have […]

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Invoking the Santa Clause

It’s only May, but I caught myself invoking the “Santa clause” the other day. You know how parents threaten their small children into good behaviour as Christmas approaches by telling them that Santa is watching? Well, with 10 days until parents consultations I invoked “The Clause” and tried to cajole my lacklustre year 10s with […]

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Nailed it!

Friday morning and my Year 11 troop into my classroom for the start of period 2. Spotting me watching the BBC’s election coverage on my computer they begin asking me questions about the election, who won, how does it work etc. and so I launch into a “dad lecture” about the election, giving a precis […]

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Revision is temporary …

… results are permanent. Bill Shankly famously once said: Form is temporary, class is permanent I (rather less famously) have butchered his words to come up with the motivational message above to maybe spur one or two on with their revision as the summer exams loom ever closer. Feel free to do with it what […]

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Another great idea I’ve pinched

If I’m honest, I don’t think that I’ve had an original idea in my life, and why change the habits of a lifetime now when I can nick the brilliant ideas of those I work with. The latest idea I’m stealing is “cheat sheets” for tests. My Year 11’s were due a test so for […]

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