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
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
Entitle: (often be entitled to) Give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something I was on ‘crowd control’ duty during the Year 9 assembly today. The school body is so large that not all … Continue reading
Emma was known throughout the school. Staff, parents and pupils all knew that she could be unpredictable and violent. She was only in Year 4, but quite tall and strong for her age, and with a fierce determination to inflict … Continue reading
I recently read this piece in the Guardian by Bergistra, a primary head working in a deprived area. The title of the piece “We can’t exclude any child … because sometimes school is all they really have”, is somewhat misleading. … Continue reading
I’ve heard about it, of course, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to escape experiencing it. Until today, at least. Being booked for a day’s cover in an academy isn’t new to me, one school I used to work … Continue reading
Following my post yesterday, Tabularasaeducation has the same thoughts. Definitely worth reading.