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Tow Law Children Unlock their Great War Heritage

Across the summer term we were delighted to work with the young people of Tow Law Millennium Primary School, in County Durham, on a creative writing and cultural heritage project, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and North East Charity, Building…

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Reaching Peak Performance at GCSE

As teachers, we have had to adapt to the new approach to the examinations and ensure the students are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for their GCSEs. A combination of approaches is needed to ensure they can achieve their peak performance. Last…

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Happy 5th Anniversary to US!

Happy Fifth Anniversary to US!! I cannot believe it has been five years since I set up the business – it has been an exciting and fulfilling time and it has made me realise just how much you learn as an English…

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Reforming the GCSE Reforms?

There is an even bigger crisis in teaching than even I had imagined when I wrote my 2017 blog, GCSE Versus IGCSE, Guess who Wins?, In outlining the differences between the new GCSEs in comparison to the IGCSEs, my aim was to…

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Building Self-Belief – Our Charity Launch is a Great Success!

              The launch of our new charity, Building Self-Belief, was a great success! Alongside our work in supporting schools, Peter and myself are founders of a new charity called Building Self-Belief CIO. We are using our…

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The NQT Survivor Guide

One of the joys of supporting English Teaching in schools across the country is the opportunity I have to work with NQTs who are truly passionate about their newly chosen vocation. It was a pleasure to meet with two such enthusiastic and…

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Engaging Students Through Creative Learning

The end of Year 6 is an exciting, yet daunting time for many of our youngsters. They are saying goodbye to the environment where they have felt safe and secure to embark on a huge adventure as they go on to ‘big…

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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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