Category: #Fail


Children’s Mental Health Week

The shoes that lay outside St George’s Hall Liverpool represent the 226 children who lost their lives to suicide in 2017. It is a shocking and tragic visual representation to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 Feb). For a teacher who recently reflected on their lack of awareness of mental health issues…
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5 Feb ’19 0

Disappointed yet undeterred

In January we made the decision to move #srocks19 to Brighton Hill Community School, Basingstoke. On visiting, there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie and “can do” attitude from everyone at the school. From IT, to finance, to Headteacher, Chris Edwards himself. The school have been nothing short of sensational. Friday 1.1.19 the school was…
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2 Feb ’19 5

Got it wrong, apologised, need to do better

Not to be too hard on myself, it has been a busy and unpredictable start to the academic year. That taken into consideration, I still got it horribly wrong this week when I colleague tried to follow up an email and engage in a ‘have you got a moment?’ conversation. Only I didn’t have a…
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7 Sep ’13 0


If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. A simple line of motivation. A useable phrase to ‘test’ the students that wants to give you twenty reasons why their coursework is incompleted, why their work experience form is not yet filled in or that they forgot their…
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15 Jan ’13 0

English as a practical subject

The conversation on and around David Didua’s blog helps me develop and reflect on my practice as a non-specialist English teacher. In fairness, the whole experience of teaching a third subject has been both invigorating and challenging; that’s why engaging with subject specific conversation has been so very important for me (and for my students).…
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4 Nov ’12 6

Marking books, assessments and mistakes

I have been marking this morning. Marking students work always teaches me something about my teaching, something about my students, and almost always leaves me mulling over the process and relationships involved learning and teaching. Having started the class with ‘Who I Am*’ a funky worksheet, I have already learnt an awful lot about my students, very…
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9 Sep ’12 2