Half term musings

I’ve been dipping in and out of my Twitter feed during this half term holiday, and noticed a couple of hot topics being debated, most notably: changes to the Professional Skills Test and the introduction of a times table test. While I’ve been away, I’ve also had a chance to catch up with my reading, […]

A sneak peak at the book I’m writing

Readers of this blog will know that I am currently writing a KS3 history book (the first of three books I’m proposing to do). The process has been more time consuming than I imagined, which should explain why I’ve been blogging less than usual lately. I’ve not crossed the finish line yet, and there is […]

The siren call of progressive ideas

I decided to dip my toes into the world of ITT one more time by going to an interview today. I’m still not convinced it’s what I want to do at this point, but I thought it was worth exploring. Part of the process involved a group discussion with other potential trainees, and I was […]

My best blogs and articles of 2017

Everyone else is at it, so why not me? I’ve quite possibly made some glaring omission, but I thought I would share the blog posts and articles that have resonated with me or made me think the most this past year. This, this and this by Dr Becky Allen explains so well why schools have […]

Experiences of an EAL student in the 70s and 80s

A small disclaimer before you read on. This post is rather a personal one, where I follow a meandering journey into how I learned to speak English. Christmas always means another birthday for me. This year I turned 47, which means it was forty years ago that I first arrived in the UK, not speaking […]

The importance of reading and writing

Today finds me in a pensive frame of mind. In quick succession, questions such as “What am I doing?”, “Where am I heading?” and “What do I know really?” bombard me with self-doubt. In part, this is because I’ve got the flu, and nothing drags you down quite as much as feeling unwell. And also, […]

End-of-year reflections

As we approach the end of 2017, it is normal to reflect on the year gone past, and what a year it’s been for me. There have been milestones and setbacks along the way, but more importantly, an enormous amount of learning. One of the setbacks is that my teacher training journey has come to […]

In defence of the narrative in history

Jane Austen once famously said about the main character of her novel ‘Emma’, that ‘she is a character who no-one but myself will much like’. I find myself thinking similar thoughts about the book I’m currently writing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a book that no-one but myself will much like (or read), but […]

It’s not looking good

Maybe it’s to do with the wintry season we’re in, but I’m increasingly pessimistic about education in this country. The optimism I felt last year on entering the teaching profession, buoyed by the interesting ideas in books and blogs I was reading, has faded away. I thought there was a wave of common sense making […]