Category Archives: Opinions

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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“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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Eavesdroppings

I’m sure all teachers must have this experience – overhearing teaching, schools, education etc being discussed on the next table in a cafe or pub. Sometimes what you hear is fascinating or pleasing… ¬†more often, dispiriting or infuriating. Here are … 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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