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If teachers could learn from each other more, maybe teaching could be a lifelong profession – not a four-year sacrifice

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When I started in teaching, I wanted to copy everything I loved about the teachers who had made a difference to me. By the time I started in the classroom I was very much in favour of being tough on kids and demanding superb output from them. I was anti-liberal and, looking back, too much so. Teaching English was a huge amount of fun, but in my ear...
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Get it right, and teaching is life-transforming and exciting. Get it wrong, and stress takes over

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  Teaching is a highly nuanced, complex art, where the most effective teachers build up a range of strategies over years and years of practice. I opted out of the classroom too early to do that, and moved into what in many ways is a less complex, but equally demanding, role of senior administrator, or leader, in schools. I taught for about 15 ...
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11 life lessons for students

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I wrote the following letter to one of my classes a few years ago. I've removed a few specific comments – feel free to share this with anyone you see fit. Hey guys/gals, You are awesome and I want you to know that. You are a special group and I want to leave you with a few pointers/ideas/life lessons. This is a general list – don't take any of it t...
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I'm a school governor – and I'm terrified I'm doing a bad job

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It was finally happening. It took me a while (two years) to get there, but I now had the bit between my teeth and I was determined to get to the bottom of why disadvantaged pupils weren't making as much progress as their more advantaged peers. I also had some say for once – as a new chair of committee, I could finally make sure issues were properly...
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Can we please stop competing about how hard we're working?

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​ Welcome to the inaugural 2017 Teacher Olympics! Due to the current funding crisis, we regret to inform you that the opening ceremony has been cancelled. It will be replaced instead by Justine Greening and the St Winifred's School Choir's rendition of 'There's No one Quite Like Grammar'. Following this, we launch straight into the first event: wei...
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