Alternative Girls’ Gift Guide

This time of year always drives me a little insane as I try to figure out what to buy Little Miss.  Part of the problem is that she is 8. Part of the problem is that we don’t tend to…

Perfect Gifts For Teachers : Gift Guide

Around this time of year (or even the beginning of October in some stores) there are aisles and aisles of chocolates, biscuits and goodies, all being promoted as being perfect gifts for teachers.  Now, I know that teachers love to…

How to Survive Christmas as an NQT – 5 …

You’ve made it through the first half of term.  You’ve had your first Parents’ Evening, submitted your first set of data and survived several observations (at least!)  It’s only a few weeks until the Christmas holidays, and it dangles in…

Tips From The KS1 Moderation Cycle 2018

Now the dust has settled on last year, there are many different agencies publishing their findings from the KS1 moderation cycle 2018 which are always worth a read.  Often they are written by the teams that have been moderating for…

Half Term Self Care Tips For NQTs

First things first!  Well done!!! You made it through the first half of the Autumn term.  You survived, the children all made some progress, you taught them things they didn’t already know.  This is all a reason to celebrate.  In…

7 Parents’ Evening Tips For NQTs

Aside from the huge task of learning how to teach, how a new school runs and the expectations of being an NQT, the other BIG and sometimes terrifying moment is your first Parents’ Evening.  I remember mine vividly!  It can…

Carousel Guided Reading : NQT Tips

One of the areas of teaching that took me longest to get my head around when I was an NQT was Guided Reading.  Somehow I couldn’t make it make sense in my head how to make it work. How did…