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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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Are we really raising aspirations?

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In schools we assume a lot we probably shouldn't. One of the most damaging of these assumptions is that disadvantaged children want the sort of lives their teachers have but just don't know how to get them. When children make it clear, through bad behaviour or lack of work, they don't want to get qualifications and have professional careers we attr...
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Life goes on, students come and go – but some things stick

Life goes on, students come and go – but some things stick
This week I did something that I probably wasn't supposed to: I looked up some of my old students on Facebook. I would never add students or chat with them on social media – despite requests popping up all over the place – but in a moment of procrastination, curiosity got the better of me. So I took a look. I left that school (my first) three years...
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