Be their shining light

I wish we could dispel the myth that all it takes to be a good teacher is knowledge. You only have to watch five minutes of Jamie’s Dream School to see how ridiculous this assumption is. Teaching is a hard job! I’ve lost count of the number of times a trainee has said to me…

Our Finest Hour

Warning: this blog contains more than one Churchill quote. The start of the half term holiday saw myself and a few colleagues with 34 Year 10 students on a residential trip in Normandy, exploring sites linked to William the Conqueror. We also made an obligatory visit to one of the D Day museums in Arromanches…

Breaking down the (language) barriers

Breaking down the (language) barriers I have two boys of my own at home: they’re nine and seven, and I find them fascinating and frustrating in pretty much equal measure. When people ask about my children and hear that I have sons, there’s an eye-roll and wry grin that encompass the whole ‘you’ve-got-your-work-cut-out-hope-you’ve-got-plenty-of-energy-wait-til-they-do-nothing-but-grunt-at-you’ attitude that…

Tapping the Well

I wrote this a few weeks ago while thinking about the role that our own subject knowledge plays in our classrooms.  There has been much discussion on EduTwitter and on teaching blogs about the need for a knowledge based curriculum. A lot of this seems to be coming from either those with an English teaching…

How can leaders improve well being?

The #Teacher5aDay campaign was launched back in 2014 by Martyn Reah in an effort to encourage schools, teachers and leaders to spend more time looking after everyone’s well being. This year a number of teachers and leaders have been recording their thoughts on the topic for the Teacher5aDay YouTube channel . In this clip Caroline Barlow…