Misuse of Numbers

Statistics are criminally misused for personal gain. They are a powerful tool for strengthening one’s opinion or argument because they are often misunderstood by the audience. A statistic can be a headline or the central feature of a piece of prose designed to convey a message, and often provide the oomph required to influence a…

Working Smarter

In a previous school (and a previous life) I can fully admit I ‘worked too hard’. I lived to work rather than worked to live … but was I happy? Not really. I have always loved my job, and for some reason that annoys some people, but I don’t really care. I feel lucky to…

Reading Matters…

Literacy Across the Curriculum. Four words guaranteed to bring cheery staffroom conversation to a standstill and send teachers of every flavour into paroxysms of paranoia about their punctuation and spelling. It doesn’t sound like fun. It sounds like someone wants to crack down on wrongly-used apostrophes. It sounds like English across the curriculum. Worse still,…

Vintage

Rolled up snow wash jeans, Adidas pumps, white socks, floppy fringes and terraces inspired shell suit jackets: our sixth formers seem to be resurrecting 80s casual in 2017. It feels easy to dismiss such fashionista recycling not as post- modern bricolage, but hackneyed and unoriginal. Could the same be said of that stereotypical “I’ve seen…

Hey Siri, how do I teach with an iPad?

Technology in education is here to stay. There is no question about it. We live in a world that is reliant on technology in one way or another; you only need to ask recent passengers on British Airways about the reliance we have on technology. But the question to ask ourselves is how are we…

Vocabulary: bountiful, not barbarous.

Quickly skim read the following: “I am persuaded that this is a righteous judgement of God on these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands with so much innocent blood; and that it will tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future, which are satisfactory grounds for such action which cannot otherwise but…