Author Archives: themodernmiss

Is the return of Grammar Schools really such a bad thing?

Theresa May’s announcement that Grammar Schools are to make a return has been greeted with near universal dismay. Grammar schools are seen as divisive and instruments of the very social engineering that they are supposed to counter. They, the argument … Continue reading

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Should schools send pupils home for wearing the wrong uniform?

Yesterday I was asked to write a short piece (400 words) contributing to the debate about whether Matthew Tate, the headteacher of Hartsdown Academy in Margate, was right to send pupils home for failing to adhere to the school’s strict … Continue reading

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Welcome Back

First proper day back yesterday, first staff meeting yesterday. “Welcome back. I hope you’ve all had a restful break and are ready to get started on making Leafy Green Primary the best in the area again. We have some new staff … Continue reading

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Tolerance and the job description

A common theme I’ve noticed in schools (both primary and secondary) is the promotion of Tolerance as a concept to be taught to the pupils. In general, this is admirable, in practice this impossible. Not so much in the ideals of … Continue reading

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Ofsted want to see…

“Ofsted want to see…” “Ofsted expect…” “Ofsted are very keen on…” Really? Are you saying this because you’re an Ofsted inspector, and this is something you’ll be looking out for when you do your next inspection? Or are you saying … Continue reading

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A fresh perspective

I’m back. Blogging, that is. I never went away from supply teaching. But something happened that made me think I needed to reappraise my position and ideas with regard to teaching and following educational policies. I had just described a … Continue reading

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The 23-point behaviour policy – revisited

I went back to the school with the mad behaviour policy (see this post) today. The school has a new head who started in January, so I expected to find that a number of new routines were in place. The … Continue reading

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Damaged Children: Ross

Ross isn’t understood by his family. They think he’s got mental health problems. His mother told me how much work he is, and how worried she is about him. She thinks his younger brother might be OK most of the … Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson? He’s in year 9, isn’t he?

Much has been made in the news about the recent ‘fracas’ between Jeremy Clarkson and his producer Oisin Tymon. Essentially, Clarkson was upset that instead of being given a hot steak, he was provided with cold food. His reaction to … Continue reading

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Living in London

I’ve just got home from a four day break in London. My brother and sister-in-law are leaving as my brother’s company is transferring him abroad. I had a lovely time, filled with friends and fun. But I also became acutely … Continue reading

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