Tag Archives: SMT

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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Year 9 and the Entitlement

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

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The 23-point behaviour policy

It’s important for a school to have a behaviour policy, it’s important for both the children and the staff as well as the coherent running of the school. It’s also important that it works. I spent today in a primary … Continue reading

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Supply Teaching

Supply teachers, in terms of behaviour, usually get a raw deal. In an ideal world, the agency calls at 7:30am, and we arrive at school by 8:30am, some schools even ask for 8:15am. We are handed an information pack upon … Continue reading

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And all for the want of a horseshoe nail

Yesterday I had the dubious honour of returning to a school I taught in for a few days last term. I say honour because the school asked my agency for me specifically, and the head repeated this a number of … Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy of Independent Learning

One year I decided that I needed to expand my ability to use Office programs – essentially, I felt that there were many things I didn’t know how to do, and I wanted to learn them. I enrolled on a … Continue reading

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Unsatisfactory lesson observation – looking back with new eyes

As the weather let me down at the weekend, I decided to tackle some of the jobs that I’d successfully been putting off for a while, although they really needed doing. One of these was sorting through the box of … Continue reading

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