At the risk of being lynched by colleagues, I’m going to suggest that my own subject – English – is more ‘rigorous’ than other subjects. By which I mean it’s far more planning and assessment heavy. Yes, I’m looking at you, PE and IT… please don’t pound on me PE teachers, I never did like contact sports! Beyond explores teacher equality in the classroom… Continue reading All Teachers Are Equal, but Some Teachers Are More Equal Than Others
Paul argues that the professional skills test are a necessary requirement for entering teaching. Continue reading Testing Times: Are the Professional Skills Tests Necessary?
A happy classroom is a productive one – not exactly rocket science, is it? Yet the drive to achieve results compatible with a career in rocket science means that happiness becomes an afterthought; despite increased awareness of mental health and … Continue reading Six Steps to Student Happiness
Play is important. Sometimes we learn best when what we’re doing doesn’t actually feel like learning. The primary education sector is highly attuned to this; the secondary sector, rather less so. Even the under elevens are having their playtimes squeezed, … Continue reading Why Teachers Need ‘Play Time’ Too
As an English teacher with an extreme aversion to fancy dress, World Book Day places me in an annual bind. Anything that promotes reading and a love of literature is to be applauded, including secondary school kids continuing the primary school fashion of dressing as a favourite literary character. It’s when the staff are also asked to indulge their inner child by donning a costume that I have a problem: I don’t do fancy dress! Before you tag me as a party-pooper who should be cracking out the green face paint and applying a Grinch mask, I should explain that … Continue reading Let’s Talk About World Book Day