Author Archives: themodernmiss

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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Homework is dead! Long live…

…Individualised Learning Opportunities. Apparently. I went into one of my semi-regular schools yesterday and was informed by a member of SMT that I must use the new ‘Learners’ Target Terms’. ‘Homework’, it appears, has been declared a forbidden word. I … Continue reading

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Bigot? Racist? Or just a child?

I have mixed reactions to this piece by Hugo Muir of the Guardian. I understand that the author is saying that the ‘logging’ of ‘incidents’ really reflects on the views the children are exposed to at home, and so should … Continue reading

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Biological Warfare

Two days ago I was enthusing about how lovely it is working with young children in the run-up to Christmas. I take it all back.     The little rotters have given me GERMS!!!  

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It’s Father Christmas!

It’s cold, the weather’s a bit yuk, but hey, it’s nearly Christmas! I’ve spent the day in a primary school that was Christmas crazy – tinsel and paperchains on everything and everyone. Even the head looked uncannily like a Christmas … Continue reading

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