WANTED Position: Headteacher. Salary: Less than you’d expect. Previous experience: We’ll take anything because we can’t get anyone else – no one’s applying these days. Duties: Being the first port of call for any and every disgruntled parent. Being prepared to take the blame for anything that happens in the school. Intervening in regular petty … More WANTED: Headteacher
My mum told me about grammar schools, most likely your parents did too; the segregation of children by their ability, aged 11, because that appeared, and may again appear, to be the cut off age where you can decide who’s worth giving a damn about and who isn’t. These mythical schools are from a bygone age, … More We’re all grammar schools now…
Becoming a teacher takes 4 years of hard work and dedication. Time spent learning about your specialist subject, followed by hours looking over textbooks and journals, studying how to be the best teacher ever. Most people go into teaching to inspire children, or because they have been inspired by a teacher themselves. Others may go … More The Debate: Social Media vs. Teachers
Not for the first time, I comforted myself with being a grown up this week because, frankly, being a teenage girl is shit. I didn’t really cope with it well the first time round and I know I definitely wouldn’t have the balls to cope with today’s standards. This in mind, I particularly look out … More Mean Girls
Going into teaching it never dawned on me that it would be quite so easy to become attached to certain kids. The reason I decided to teach was because I liked working with children, and I always liked the idea that someone might look up to me. I don’t think I ever realised that … More The one that got away.
This is the fifth year I’ve taken part in BBC School Report and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’ve tried it with G&T students, a whole year group (that was a challenge) and a group of pupil premium students and the results are always the same: kids love it because they are writing … More BBC School Report – not just for aspiring journos
If you are new to teaching or have the freedom of being normal (not being a teacher), you could be forgiven for thinking that half term is a total bonus-put-your-feet-up-do-sod-all-pisstake. And, of course, you are absolutely correct. Half term is… 1. …for talking to my own children again. That’s right, I’ve ignored them since … More Half-term myths