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 and resources about the tests which is a great place to start, especially if you are a new to Year 2 or Year 6 teacher.  Today they have released the 2018 writing moderation materials which… View Post

Today I’m delighted to be featuring a guest post by Annabelle Fee who is part of the Content and Community team over at SmileTutor.  Having taught for over 10 years, I know that it’s important to find ways to motivate your child to learn but it’s not always that easy.  So when Annabelle suggested she write a guest post around motivation, I was absolutely delighted!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I… View Post

Last year we made the conscious decision that we weren’t going to take the children on a long haul family holiday. We had only been on one holiday previously with them, and in all honesty it had been a complete disaster.  However, almost 3 years later and we are seriously considering doing our first long haul family holiday, and to a place I’ve always wanted to visit – Mexico!  We have been doing some research… View Post

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the 40 things I am planning to do in 2018 – my 40th year.  40 has always been one of those numbers that both terrifies and enthuses me. On the one hand – how on earth did I get to 40? But on the other, somehow 40 feels like I am now officially a proper grown up.  So, I am determined that this year I will… View Post

In 2018 I turn 40.  Yep, the big 40.  I’m not really quite sure how this has happened and how time has passed so quickly, but for me 40 is the BIG one.  For some people it’s 30, for others it’s 50, but for me…..40 is THE one.  The one where really I feel I should have got it all together.  When I’m officially a grown up (yes yes, I know I’ve been a grown… View Post