When in Rome…

Hi all, This site will remain stagnant.  I didn’t want to scrap all the Edexcel GCSE resources and some of the KS3 / more general resources. It is time to focus on IB and IGCSE and building my content for these courses.  I will, of course, continue to blog. You can find my new site…

Story Craft: How to Teach Narrative Writing by Martin Griffin and Jon Mayhew

This book, written by two English teachers, whose own creative writing has been published, provides a plethora of different activities to support developing characterization, settings, story structures alongside enhancing skills of drafting and editing. The teaching of writing is something I find infinitely more complex than the teaching of reading and it is for this…

Reflecting on TENConline

WOW what an amazing weekend of subject-specific CPD. Massive thanks to the three Cs – Caroline, Chloe and Chris for putting this event on.  We are fortunate enough to have a strong teaching community made up of professionals who want to learn and develop their practice for the greater good of their pupils. CPD can…

This week’s CPD read…Boys Don’t Try

This week’s CPD read was Boys Don’t Try by Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts.  I found this to be a really interesting and informative read.  The book considers a wide range of topics surrounding the concept of masculinity, the teaching of boys and the constructs placed upon boys. As I reflect there are three things…

Stop Talking about Wellbeing by Kat Howard

Stop Talking about Wellbeing by Kat Howard explores how we, as teachers, can ‘take ownership of our workload and achieve wellbeing through purposeful job fulfilment.’  Often, discussions around wellbeing can be quite loaded and emotionally charged with blunt accusations being made about individual schools and the education system.  This is because of teachers’ own experiences…

Twitter is yours for the making but it is also not the real world…

Twitter is a remarkable thing.  It’s the best platform for educational discourse and has created a community of professionals who strive to support one another through sharing, collaboration and other professional development opportunities.  It can also be a beast.  It has become a platform for the growing ‘educeleb’ with book deals, magazine deals, conference offerings…

Daily writing challenge. Day 53: Happiness.

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy.  It’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn. Happiness is something that many people strive for their entire lives.  For some, it seems untenable, unimaginable while for others it comes so naturally.  Ultimately, we have mastered living, if we have mastered our own happiness….

Skellig versus Oliver Twist. Skellig and Oliver Twist.

Another interesting debate happened last night about the teaching of Skellig versus the teaching of Oliver Twist and one having more cultural capital than the other.  Actually, I try to avoid getting into these debates now because I find them so draining but…one tweeter made a comment and used the word ‘value’ and this is…

Daily writing challenge – Wellbeing

Day 39 in Lockdown. Life in lockdown has become normal now and, if I’m honest, I’m surprised by how well I am coping. This is especially true given that I live alone in a one bedroom apartment with a tiny balcony and our lockdown is pretty strict, so no daily exercise for me. One of…

Slow and steady wins the race.

One of the things I am hearing a lot about at the moment is the need to strip back, focus on foundational aspects and embed lots of deliberate practice, especially at KS3.  This was also a core theme at ResearchEd Durro Loom. The more I think about this and attempt to slow the learning down…