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Public Behaviour

Ten years ago I started blogging about my experiences of working as a supply teacher in the UK. I’d thought about it for a while but had remained unconvinced that this was something I should, or indeed could, do. After … 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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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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“Luke’ll be fine…”

As I was going into the Year 10 English class, a TA came running up to me. “Hi! Just wanted to let you know about Luke. You’ve got him next. He’s got issues, he doesn’t like writing and isn’t very … Continue reading

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My Teacher Wife Is a Lazy Liar

Originally posted on smithdeville:
It’s the last day of school for my lazy, lying wife. She says teachers still have to go to work, but that can’t be right. Teachers only work when the kids are at school. I wish she…

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Write down every last little detail in your planning

I am a supply teacher. I get called in to work in schools when the regular class teacher is away. Often this is at short notice, covering for staff sickness. That is, short notice to me, as well as to … Continue reading

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Controlled Assessments – my experiences

Following the announcement by Michael Gove that, in future, GCSEs will no longer have a coursework element, the reaction from teachers has been swift and vocal. In the main, the comments have been negative, focusing on the potential problems that … Continue reading

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Q: Why are so many education bloggers anonymous?

A: Because they wish to keep their jobs. There has been much debate about the ethics of being an anonymous blogger. Are people using the cloak of anonymity because they are being lazy, embellishing the truth, or merely being sly? … Continue reading

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Seven Things All Politicians Should Know About Education

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
I find much of the contribution from politicians to the education debate in this country utterly pointless. So many political types simply do not realise how the system works or what is going…

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Never enough time!

I’ve been very lax with this blog. I started with the best of intentions, but life and all its other commitments somehow got in the way. I noticed recently, that although I’ve written posts, I haven’t actually published them and … Continue reading

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