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…

Just a little bit more

Everywhere I look at the moment I am seeing exhausted staff in school. This runs across leadership all the way through to support staff and, whilst the November to Christmas gloom is not something new, seeing people so demoralised and exhausted so soon after the half term is. So, what seems to be happening? Well,…

Controlling the Controllables

This last year in particular has highlighted many of the things which are fundamentally wrong in our society. From requiring a well-known and passionate footballer to get those in power to sit up and take notice that children were going hungry, to needing to provide meals for children in them in the first place, the stark realities of the inequalities in the society in which we live are staring us in the face. Many people too seem have done well from the horrors of the pandemic and many others continue to sit comfortably on their privilege, safe in the knowledge that little will topple them from their thrones.

Does this make me angry? Hell, yes! Do I look to do what I can to change this? Without a doubt. Have I managed to kick those in power up the backside so they realise what matters? Sadly, not as yet, however much I jump around on my tiny platform.

Bigger Than ‘Me’

I’ve started this blog a hundred times in my head since yesterday. It is a highly personal one and not one everyone will like as it focuses on the recent event concerning the safety of women. I’d recommend stepping away now if it is likely this isn’t for you. Normal focus on curriculum and pedagogy…

A Thank You Letter to Teachers and Support Staff

At a time when some deranged commentators, from the comforts of their arm chairs and ivory towers, seem determined to take aim at what schools and teachers are doing in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, Zoe Enser writes a thank you letter to all those who work in schools. There is no getting…

Torturous Teaching

Rock or vulture? Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and gave it to man. His sentence for this bit of larceny? To be tied to the side of a mountain and have his liver ripped out by a vulture. Every day. This seems a little steep (although if I catch the person who purloined by…

New Year Resolutions – 2018

That period between Christmas and New Year always feels strangely timeless, set outside the normal cycle of the year, a moment for feasting, fighting back the dark and for introspection. I have done fairly well this year at leaving work behind and an education book or blog has barely passed through my hands. However, as…

(Not so) Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me Don’t want to take up with nobody new Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first Don’t want nothing to do with you I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don’t want to see their faces I…

Pre-exam Stress? 

Tomorrow is the first GCSE Geography exam and after half term we’ll have the A Level ones. Usually this time of year feels pretty fraught for pupils and teachers alike. This year, in my department anyway, not so much. I’d usually expect a flurry of emails this weekend from worried pupils but this year I…

Candles in the Darkness (Part 3)

I woke up this morning with a deep sense of foreboding. This isn’t unusual for me (or most teachers I have spoken to) towards the end of the holidays. I love my job, work in a wonderful supportive school with well motivated students and yet I know that I’ll be awake at 3am of the…