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We gotta get out of this place

I see the Independent is reporting “staggeringly high” numbers of teachers wanting to quit. As ever, the blame is put on workload. Personally, I don’t think it’s as simple as that (though obviously having no time to see your friends … Continue reading

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SATs and all that

Just read that the NUT conference supported the suggestion of a boycott on SATs in primary schools. I am, of course, glad to see teachers making a stand on an educational matter, and prioritising pupils’ welfare.  I certainly agree with … Continue reading

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“More maths teachers”

Although obviously the sheer horror of Betsy DeVos’s appointment in the US inevitably trumps anything home grown, I couldn’t help finding myself seriously incensed by this article:- https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/acute-shortage-excellent-maths-teachers-down-government-heres-my He wants the most selective maths degree courses to become less selective. … Continue reading

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So this is Christmas

Another term nearly over. The school year is full of fixed annual rituals. For us, the last week of the autumn term brings the  girls’ highlight of the year, the so-called Karaoke, which in fact is a dance competition, for … Continue reading

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Going off topic

I must confess to having committed what, in the eyes of some, are two major educational crimes today. I didn’t stick to my lesson plans. And I discussed politics. The kids in year 10 and above were absolutely desperate to … Continue reading

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Education not training

The latest thing that provoked a rant – a complaint that school leavers “lack workplace skills”. Well guess what, Mr/Ms Employer – we are here to educate, not to train. We are trying to broaden their minds, introduce them to … Continue reading

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A-levels, choice and market forces

There’s been discussion in the news of AQA’s decision to scrap A-level Art History. Inevitably, this brings out all sorts of comments concerning philistinism/ class issues/ your choice of pet hate.  There are even some who wilfully misinterpret the reasons … Continue reading

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