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Understanding why young people self-harm

2nd May 2014

There are a wide range of reasons why young people turn to self-harm and every single case is different but there are certain themes that recur time and time again. Below are some of the most common ones, along with quotes from young people to help you understand why they turned to this unhealthy coping […]


7 Sites that are Great Sources of Lesson Planning Inspiration

17th Apr 2014

It’s a familiar story, you’ve got a list as long as your outstretched arm of lessons to plan and you’re slightly lacking inspiration and time. So what do you do? You turn to the marvellous help that’s available online of course.  There are several sites available with a huge range of free to download lesson plans and teaching […]


12 Ways to Recharge Your Batteries in the School Holidays

11th Apr 2014

You’ve made it to the end of term, somewhat war worn and weary no doubt, but you’ve made it.  Now it’s time to help your body recuperate after everything that a heavy term at school has thrown at it.  Here are some ideas to help you look after yourself and fully recharge your batteries.    […]


Guest Post: Back to School – How to Motivate Your Class After the Summer Break

11th Oct 2012

After a summer full of free time – most of which kids will have spent sleeping, lazing around and playing – it’s no wonder that many pupils find the return to school a difficult adjustment. The school routine of the previous year is a distant memory, and this can make coming back into a learning […]


Guest Post: 3 Words of Caution About Literacy Trials

7th Feb 2012

In the UK, with the new phonics matching funding, lots of schools will be looking for good programmes to invest in that can secure real progress for their students. So a note I received recently from David Morgan of Easyread caught my eye. How do you make sure that your literacy programme is the real […]


18 Great iPad Apps for Primary Literacy

6th Feb 2012

From initial charges that ‘it;s just an overgrown iPhone’ the iPad is now part of many teachers’ and schools’ essential kit. But it’s fair to say that while Apple has created a beautiful, robust and powerful piece of kit finding the best apps on the App Store can be a challenging experience. So I asked […]


Using Google+ To Improve Your Teaching

29th Jan 2012

So many people already turn to Twitter to find out new things and develop their skills as a teacher – but what about Google+ the new social network from the search giant? Helped by heavy cross promotion from Google’s other products Google+ is growing at a phenomenal rate, and it has a number of interesting […]


Should We Still Teach Handwriting in Schools?

25th Jan 2012

How much do you write each day? Not on a computer, a tablet or a phone – but actually write. Probably as teachers we write more than many people, particularly with endless mounds of marking, but for many whole days can go past without them having to write anything at all by hand. So are […]


5 Things I Learned From BETT 2012

13th Jan 2012

  I headed to BETT last Wednesday to soak up the atmosphere and see if I could learn something. And I did! Look!


Guest Post: Is Competition Between Awarding Bodies Good for Our National Curriculum?

12th Jan 2012

All Awarding Bodies are competing for a sale of their qualifications, whether you provide one course, hundreds of courses or even thousands. You could be teaching Maths, Science, English, Computer Science or Food Technology. They want your business. Assessment and qualifications is a multi-billion pound industry in the UK and with the ongoing government emphasis on […]


Should Teachers Strike?

23rd Nov 2011

Ordinarily, we don’t deal with politics on the blog – but then the teacher pension reforms are no ordinary issue. Much ink has and will be spilled on the rights and wrongs of the pension reforms, so I don’t intend to cover that directly. More I want to explore should teachers strike period? Gerard Kelly, […]


Using Prezi in the Classroom

18th Nov 2011

Everyone’s talking about Prezi – the new online presentation tool that’s set to rival Powerpoint. Perhaps few would mourn Powerpoint’s demise, but is Prezi really all that different, and what are the benefits of using it in the classroom? The first is that it’s really pretty. Prezi calls itself the ‘zooming presentation editor’ and when […]


The Creative Education Guide to Twitter for Teachers

3rd Nov 2011

Pooky before me had written lots of really great content about how great a tool Twitter is for teachers, so I thought it would be a nice idea to bring it all together into one downloadable, shareable guide. In the end I think even she was surprised how much she had written – there’s over […]


The 9 Commandments of the Staff Room

2nd Nov 2011

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thine Neighbour’s Mug Buy your own mug, hide it and use it solely! There is no look in the world more terrifying from the glare of the Deputy Head who realises you’re using his favourite Peppa Pig mug.   Thou Shalt Always Wash Up If you do be as foolish as […]


Is Learning Latin Pointless?

5th Oct 2011

I have to admit – and this is something of a mea culpa – that I did learn Latin in school. I remember the teacher in question getting very irate over the waggish schoolboys who dared to question whether there was any point learning a dead language. When you’re young of course it just seems […]


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