Near the start of the “new normal,” we wrote a requiem for coursework. Almost unbelievably, the time now feels ripe for a requiem to exams, in light of the GCSE exams being cancelled… Continue reading GCSE Exams Cancelled: Surviving Without an End-Point
In light of the recent GCSE and A Level exam fiasco, sorry, U-turn, sorry, “situation,” Beyond’s Secret Teacher describes their feelings. Continue reading Beyond’s Secret Teacher: The Exam Fiasco and the Class of 2021
As large numbers of schools across the UK are to close, fully or partially, for an undetermined amount of time, Beyond takes a look at the impact that school closures, GCSE cancellation and sudden upheaval has had on one Year 11 student: Zara shares her last day at school with us. Continue reading Zara’s Last Day: Loss of Closure and the GCSE Cancellation
Beyond explores zero tolerance school behaviour policy and how it can be misused as a quick and easy “out” for some disruptive students. Continue reading School Behaviour Policy: Zero Tolerance Failing Students?
A recent report claims that there’s a “disconnect between career aspirations and reality,” which results in many feeling “destined for disappointment.” When that’s the case, why are we promoting exam excellence in the first place? Paul Brand investigates… Continue reading Career Aspirations: Are GCSEs Important?
Spelling, punctuation, and grammar: the sacred pillars of English. Our resident ex-English teacher Paul Brand loves SPaG so much that we might start calling him DI Brand: Detective Inspector in the Spelling Police. DI Brand’s latest case? The role of SPaG in and out of the classroom… Continue reading Sentenced by SPaG: Grappling with Misspelling
Teachers often enforce valuable life lessons in the classroom – but occasionally forget to abide by them themselves. Here are some forgotten life lessons that’ll stand us all in good stead… Continue reading 5 Forgotten Life Lessons
Weekends are a time to meet those teacher goals! Time to rest, recharge and feel rejuvenated…right? As seasoned teachers, we know these idealistic plans don’t always work out. Here’s the reality for our weekend teacher goals… Continue reading Teacher Weekend Goals: Plans VS Reality
Wellbeing can be defined as being comfortable, healthy or happy – and for many schools, they’re getting this massively wrong with piecemeal pleasantries that masquerade as positive approaches to wellbeing instead of genuine care for their staff. The term ‘wellbeing’ … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Wellbeing: How Schools Get it Wrong
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?