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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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Are you Looking?

                  As the exam season approaches once again, it brings with it the culmination of the hard work, hopes and worries of students and, of course, their teachers alike. Indeed, teachers never really get…

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GCSE Reforms – IGCSE Versus GCSE – Guess who Benefits?

  It is essential that everyone becomes aware of the differences in expectation of the new GCSE examinations for English state school students in comparison with the IGCSE sat by the independent sector. To highlight the differences, I have included the outlines…

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100% Examinations in English? Only for those Educated within the English State System!

Why are English state school students sitting 100% examination for GCSE English Literature and English Language, when independent schools and the rest of the UK have the option to submit internal assessments? When Michael Gove was Education Secretary he claimed his ideology…

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‘I Will Work Harder!’

A succession of governments and education ministers have imposed countless initiatives and policy changes on the teaching profession. For many years teachers appear to have automatically responded with ‘I will work harder’ to ensure that the students do not suffer because of…

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The Rat in the Bath

Rats have a special place in literature. If there is an aftermath of any horror, nuclear bomb, disease or disaster, you can always call on the rats to add even more terror to the most horrendous of situations. Most notably, Bram Stoker…

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Why Teaching Assistants should be Treasured

My sister, Jane Longhurst, and her colleague Jo Mead work as a teaching assistants in the South East. Below is an article recently published in the TES as part of the SEND focus. The article explains how through their observations and interventions as…

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‘A handbag?’ – My First Day at School

As we approach the ‘big day’ for the students who are either starting school or who are moving up to ‘big school’, I thought I would share my own experience of the preparation for my own first day at school. Apparently, I…

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