Plenty of Ado About Shakespeare

A Review of Lucy Bailey’s Production of Much Ado About Nothing (summer 2022)

It was a perfect day for mm visit to the Globe this May. The sun was shining, but it was not yet too hot, and anyone who is a regular visitor to London at the time of year will know the air is filled with drifts of tree pollen, which gave a magical air to the love fuelled proceedings.

Time Outside the Classroom

It is just over two years since I hung up my board pen and left the classroom behind. It was a space I had been in for over 20 years and, although the location of the room had changed over the years, it was absolutely my comfort zone. Regardless as to whether my responsibility was…

Weaving a Web

How the new teaching frameworks can support teachers to grow Learning we know is a complex thing. Developing the intricate web of knowledge that pupils need, with its various interlocking parts, woven together with their experiences and wider understanding of how the topic sits within the world, is difficult and teachers spend significant periods of…

Finding the Self

Self-discovery and identity and how writers explore this, is something which I have been a bit obsessed with during my study of Literature. Different writers from Shakespeare to Emily Bronte and beyond ponder what it is that makes us who we are and what the self, who we are actually means. This is an exploration…

The Marking Conversation

I can vividly remember marking my first set of Year 10 essays on Romeo and Juliet. In my other classes we had lots of short assessments in books and opportunities for them to write creatively, but these Romeo and Juliet ones were different. We were covering a topic which the students had all found challenging…

Simon and the Love of Reading

Simon hated Tuesdays. Tuesdays filled him with a low sense of dread, bringing a queasy feeling and a sense of restlessness. It was not enough to be able to blag a day off, but just enough to make him pick at his breakfast and drag his heels a little more on the way into school.…

Learning To Let Go

Education is full of disagreements and dichotomies. From how we manage behaviour, to the topics we teach and in what order, to how we explain a complex idea, if you gathered 30 different teachers into a room there would be 30 different possible approaches to the same thing. Sometimes that is driven by context and…

Marking a Mockery

It is that time of year again. Or should I say that time which now seems to occur with increasingly regularity over the school. That’s right, it is mock seasons(s). Mock exams seem to be something which have developed over the years. When I were a lass in school, I have a vague recollection of…

Looking in the Mirror

We all know being reflective is important in teaching. It is something we are told to do from the very beginning of our training, and it is seen by many as part and parcel with what we do. Teachers can be naturally reflective and having spent years studying your subject or profession at in an…