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My Summer Reading 2017

Here is my summer reading for the holidays… A mixture of pleasure, work, re-reads, curiosity and recommendations from friends and students. Unfortunately, and like many others, modern life is not conducive for reading for me at the moment. I have too many…

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The Importance of NATE

I am delighted to have been elected onto the NATE council as the regional representative for the North East. NATE 2017 was particularly special for me as it was an opportunity to return to the University of Nottingham where I completed my…

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Director of Detentions – A Return to the Dark Ages?

Billy Casper, in the novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, is described by his own mother as a ‘hopeless case’. The violence Billy experiences is truly shocking. He is slapped or punched by his subject teacher, his PE teacher, his mother, his…

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GCSE Reforms – IGCSE Versus GCSE, Guess who Wins?

The latest GCSE reforms were originally instigated by Michael Gove as Education Secretary. His ideology was to create an English system for English students studying English texts. He wanted to improve standards, and believed that to do so, meant a return to…

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‘Three Girls’ – Institutionalised Sexism?

        I originally posted on the topic of institutionalised sexism about the Rotherham cases on Monday, September 1st, 2014. I am re-visiting this post for three reasons: The extremely harrowing, but powerful ‘Three Girls’ BBC programme about Rochdale, brings the…

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Teaching Tone

        Teaching students to understand and appreciate tone can sometimes be a challenge. Nevertheless, once they understand the concept and the intended impact on the audience, they will become more confident in the analysis and interpretation of any text….

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Ice Cream Challenge

              At a recent, highly enjoyable, motivational business event, business guru Geoff Ramm gave us a two minute challenge to create a way of selling ice cream in an alternative way to either tub or cone….

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A Perfect Storm – Children’s Mental Health

          Developing the emotional intelligence of our children should be a key component in our education system. Unfortunately, with the myriad of changes imposed on education, the opposite is happening. If something is not done soon, we are on…

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We Need a New Claire Rayner!

                Periods are in the headlines. The more coverage this gets the better. It is about time there was a modern, truly open dialogue about the impact menstruation has on girls. Being an adolescent has…

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Easter Egg Egos

          As we look forward to the Easter weekend, the one tradition we still hold dear is the Easter egg. The symbol of the egg is still central to the celebrations, most notably chocolate Easter eggs and egg…

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