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Building Self-Belief in the Classroom

    Building self-belief in our young people is an essential element of their education.  I recently received a thank you card from a Year 11 student who said “In such a short time period you have been amazing, thank you so…

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Raising the Aspirations of Young People

Our ‘Raising Aspirations’ business event with the group of girls from our most recent Building Self-Belief programme gave everyone involved an invaluable insight into working life. Interestingly, out of all the women invited to the event, I was the only one who…

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Does Private Tuition Widen the Attainment Gap?

                In addition to my role as a consultant, I decided that as a way of ensuring I still have a direct connection with education and students, I would offer a private tuition service. Being…

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5 Top Tips for Examination Success!

        What becomes clear when we visit schools, and work with young people, is that there is more pressure than ever before on them to succeed in those final GCSE examinations.  With harder papers, and no coursework to support…

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My Top Five Tips for Encouraging Talk

    I was delighted to be contacted by the National Literacy Trust asking me if they could re-publish an article that I wrote over five years ago about encouraging talk in the classroom. Since then, the new curriculum has been introduced…

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We Need a New Moral Code for the Digital Age

  The topic of morality in a digital age has concerned me for a while. With the climate of technology changing at such a fast pace, how do we teach our young people to follow an online, as well as a real…

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A Reflection upon Results

            As GCSE result’s day once again approaches for thousands of young people, I personally approach it with even more trepidation than usual. As a teacher, having taught GCSE for over 20 years, for the first time…

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Too Great Expectations of the Newly Employed?

              Entering the world of work for the first time is an exciting but nerve wracking experience. It also a time that is full of expectations; both of the employee and the employer.  Employers must be…

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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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