2018 Writing Moderation Materials

Not surprisingly at the moment, the STA are releasing a lot of information about the upcoming tests in the Summer months, all of which can be very helpful.  Recently, they released a one stop shop page with all the information…

Educational Visits Tips + FREE Printable Checklist

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,…

Premier League Writing Stars : Resilience and Writing!

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”…

Understanding Terms Used By Schools

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…

Considerations When Teaching Adopted Children

Recently a few things have come up in school which have made me really think about teaching, me as a teacher and the curriculum in general with regards to teaching adopted children. As you may know, both Little Miss and…

Kids Hate Maths? Are We Really Blaming …

Recently I came across an article called ‘6 Reasons Kids Hate Maths – And What You Can Do About It’ over on The School Run. In all honesty, I rarely read articles like this because they always feel far too…

How To Manage Ability Groupings In The …

Many moons ago when I was a new teacher, the buzz words were ‘differentiation’ and ‘ability groupings’. Fast forward over 10 years and the new buzz words are ‘learning without limits’ and ‘growth mindset’. As a Headteacher, I was always…