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 front of you – so near but yet so far!  You feel utterly exhausted, wrung out and ready to drop – but there is still a few weeks to go – and they are some… View Post

One of the biggest worries for new teachers, and even for some experienced teachers, is the arranging of educational visits.  There are so many instances reported in the news of educational visits that go tragically wrong and this can, understandably, make teachers feel concerned about taking children out of school.  However, it’s important to be aware that not only are these instances few and far between, but the very act of taking children on educational… View Post

Resilience and writing.  Two of the top words in education at the moment. As the Department for Education (DfE) said in the 2014 document ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff.’ : [ctt template=”12″ link=”eo4sx” via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]“in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”[/ctt]So I was delighted when I heard that the Premier League Writing Stars competition’s theme … View Post

When I was a Headteacher, I sat in one Governors meeting and started reading through my report to them about how the last term had gone.  I had spent hours on the report, it contained every bit of information they needed and I was feeling pretty proud of myself. Yet…there was silence as I read it out and then silence when I asked for questions.  Eventually one of the parent governors said, ‘I’m really sorry but… View Post

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 all likelihood you have done your first Parents’ Evening.  You’ve definitely had lots of firsts, and I’m betting that you are really ready for half term.  What are you planning for your half term though?… View Post