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‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson – Review

  I was really looking forward to reading ‘Life after Life’ by Kate Atkinson. The concept of fate, destiny and dreams is explored through the character of Ursula, and her ‘re-writing’ of history. She repeats the process of certain aspects of her…

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Let it Flow

If our aim is to close the gap, improve literacy, widen cultural experience and create a more dynamic and well educated population, we need to let it flow! FLOW Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience– Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have…

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Gemma’s Letter – How to Close the Gap!

As I was looking through my collection of ‘memories’ from teaching – I came across Gemma’s letter. Gemma was in my Year 7 form in my NQT year of teaching when I worked in Nottinghamshire. I was extremely attached to the class….

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Gossip can be Golden

  In a recent Radio 4 broadcast called ‘Hot Gossip’ , historian Polly Putnam describes  how much the Georgians loved gossip, and it is almost indisputable that this is still the case today. This led me to think about how we can channel…

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Name Origins – Where does yours come from?

Included in this blog is an article from ‘Ancestry’ entitled ‘There are 7 types of English Surnames, which one is yours?’ Getting students to research the origins of their names is a lesson that always works. It combines a personalised approach to learning,…

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