Category Archives: Day to day school life

Wasps

No, not WASPS the acronym, the actual stripy buzzing stinging things. Yes this is relevant to education – well, to the part of my role that’s about running external exams, anyway. Last summer we had a swarm of wasps appear … 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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Approaching results day…

It’s always the sign that the end (of the holidays) is nigh – A-level results day this Thursday. As exams officer, I’ll be doing quite a bit about this tomorrow. I have to download the results from the exam boards … Continue reading

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Choice

We’ve been having a bit of discussion at school recently about how much choice we should be giving the kids in their GCSE options. It’s something that arouses quite strong feelings (mind you, put a load of teachers together discussing … Continue reading

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We’re off again!

A bit late to do a “new term” post, really, but I haven’t had many chances to pause for breath! We started off with two teacher days, as normal, including training on child protection/safeguarding and “British Values”. I was glad to … Continue reading

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Group work

We’re encouraged, in our lessons, to get our pupils to work in groups (well, I think we are, unless things have changed again while I wasn’t looking!)   There’s generally a presumption that pupils will enjoy it, and develop all … Continue reading

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