Category Archives: Working conditions

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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You won’t be able to do that…

Today’s inspiration derives from an overheard conversation at our local carnival:- Small child (rattling coins): “Mummy, I’m going to have a go at that!” Mother: “You won’t be able to do that so no you’re not” Since “that” was one … Continue reading

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On climbing (or not) the greasy pole

Our school recently advertised two positions in the SMT (or SLT, as I think it’s called now  – anyway, officially important people!)  We’d been told about these in the summer and I spent ages umming and ahhing about applying (Though … Continue reading

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Why do we teach?

I was in a teaching-related discussion the other day (for a change!) in which one (non-teaching) person implied that teachers could broadly be divided into the “dedicated” teachers who are passionate about the job and would do it in almost … Continue reading

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A few random thoughts

I’ve been surfing the net looking at education news and comment – it’s good displacement activity for the many things I actually should be doing (marking, tidying my house, OU work…). So I thought I’d make use of it for … Continue reading

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Mistakes

I’m assuming everyone reading this has made a mistake at some point in their life (if not -Ha! You’ve made one now, reading the blog of such an imperfect person!). Have you ever realised you’ve made a bad one?  You … Continue reading

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