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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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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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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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