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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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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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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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