Success Criteria for a Staff Social

I've been relatively quiet on the blogging front for the past couple of weeks. This is partly due to the excitement of half term taking over my very soul. However, it's also because my brain has been a little pre-occupied by pre-hosting nerves. (Or, perhaps more accurately, overwhelming panic.) My worries were the typical 'What… Continue reading Success Criteria for a Staff Social

ITAF – Interim Teacher Assessment Framework or Inanely Ticking Any Features? My thoughts on the end of KS2 writing assessment.

"Okay, your time is up. Please put your pencils down and close your booklets. Well done Year 6 teachers; you have survived the SATS," utters the invigilator matter-of-factly. All the teachers breathe out a sigh - or whimper - of relief. As they grin around the classroom, giving thumbs up to their fellow comrades, a… Continue reading ITAF – Interim Teacher Assessment Framework or Inanely Ticking Any Features? My thoughts on the end of KS2 writing assessment.

Teaching with Anxiety and Depression

Introduction I don't tend to dabble in serious matters very often but, as it's Mental Health Awareness Week, and it's almost a year since my diagnosis, I think now is an appropriate time to discuss my experiences with mental health so far. If my reflections upon this topic can reassure someone or encourage at least one… Continue reading Teaching with Anxiety and Depression

The Car Boot Sale Vlog ft. PGCE Course Manager

One of my pupils called me ancient the other day. (Clearly they are unfamiliar with the definition of the word.) So, I'm getting with the times and making a vlog. Join me as I recount my exhilarating experience at an Essex car boot sale. I got a variety of great (and some questionable) resources from… Continue reading The Car Boot Sale Vlog ft. PGCE Course Manager