Mock GCSE Exams Already? It’s day two with the pupils and I’ve just administered my first of many mock GCSE exams of this school year. Before I’m shot down for endangering the mental health of Year Elevens, let me explain … Continue reading GCSE Exams: How Soon Should We Start Exam Prep?
GCSE Results Day 2019 is on Thursday August 22nd. As a teacher, here are some thing you shouldn’t do when interacting with parents and nervous students. Continue reading GCSE Results Day: What Not to Do
Does A-Levels results day and Clearing processes cause students to make poor decisions about their future? Continue reading A-Level Playing Field: Why Results Day Is a Source of Misery and Chaos
Are we in too much of a rush to prepare students for their GCSEs? Should we not let them develop as humans first? Continue reading GCSE Prep: Is Patience a Lost Art?
Paul argues that the professional skills test are a necessary requirement for entering teaching. Continue reading Testing Times: Are the Professional Skills Tests Necessary?
The end is nigh! Lessons are winding down, spirits are high, and…your Year Nines are being observed last thing before you leave?! Four things teachers absolutely do not want to hear at the end of the academic year… Continue reading 4 Things a Teacher Doesn’t Want to Hear at the End of the Year
With the latest exam coming to a close, here are some enticing alternatives to recycling any spare papers lying around… A bonfire Setting light to a pile of scripts goes against our eco-friendly principles but it has been an unseasonably … Continue reading 4 Uses for Leftover Exam Papers
In the immortal almost words of Joe Strummer, should they stay or should they go? What to do about study leave is the dilemma that hangs over the heads of school leaders every May. The trend in recent years has … Continue reading Study Leave or Study Stay: What’s Your Preference?
Ah, exam season. Panic, tears and tantrums all round. Here are some telltale signs you might’ve already noticed. Pupils who’ve not listened to a word you’ve said for the best part of two years suddenly want to know what’s going … Continue reading 6 Signs That Exam Season Is Upon Us
It’s been a hard year. You’ve done parents evenings, extra-curricular activities, revision sessions, exam marking, twilight CPDs and school trips. Not to mention planning, marking and the lessons themselves. But now, the end is in sight. As you say goodbye … Continue reading 5 Things That Make The Summer Term the Best