Archive for the ‘political’ Category

I’m really starting to get annoyed with this, and I’m not even in the classroom full-time. I know that many colleagues – @A_Weatherall and @hrogerson on Staffrm for example – are also irritated. But I needed to vent anyway. It’ll make me feel better. EDIT: after discussion on Twitter – with Chemistry teachers, FWIW – I’ve decided it might […]

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Why Teach?

11Jan16

EDIT: please note I do not endorse, support or recommend the Central College for Education, a fee-paying distance learning institution. If considering a career in teaching, I recommend you contact university education departments who will advise about the best route for you. I miss teaching kids. Don”t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying my current […]

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I saw Dominic Cummings at Northern Rocks. He was clearly impassioned, but I remain unconvinced by his solutions even though we recognise many of the same problems. Let’s think about how he got to where he is. He was a Special Advisor to a range of government ministers, most recently Michael Gove. ‘SpAds’ are expected/allowed to […]

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Oversharing?

17Jun14

So I had a huge argument on Twitter, mainly with @biolady99. I shared a link to the news story that teachers are going to be given training about helping students with mental health issues, including recognising the early signs of problems (EDIT: new guidance as .pdf) I think this is great. I think this is […]

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Northern Rocks

08Jun14

I had to get up early, on a Saturday. It rained. And I missed my train, so it was a really long day. So in all, I had a fantastic day in Leeds. The speakers were great. The organisation was excellent. The food was good, even though I hadn’t booked anything. The company was funny, […]

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So I was on Twitter. @TeacherROAR – who I follow – retweeted an item from @NUTSouthWest – who I don’t – which in turn quoted figures from an article in the Independant. Gove is spending estimated £39,616 on every Free School student and just £4,000 on those in 6th Form Colleges. @teacherROAR — NUT South […]

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Influential?

31Oct13

I’m still not really sure why I got invited. But I was. I’m currently on a train home after spending a couple of hours in a discussion at the Department for Education, after a message from the @educationgovUK account. The aim of the session was to get some viewpoints from classroom teachers on the new/proposed […]

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