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My week as an NQT - day 5

I think the stresses and strains of my first week had pinned me to my bed overnight; it was not easy getting up and in to the shower this morning.

My week as an NQT - day 4

I arrived at my school just before 8 this morning with a strange feeling of familiarity.

My week as an NQT - day 3

So it’s been and gone and I’ve lived to tell the tale. On my way in to school I had got myself in a positive mindset and promised myself that whatever happened, I would end the day smiling.

My week as an NQT - day 2

I arrived this morning considerably more worried about the state of my classroom and lack of planning for the week than when I left last night.

My week as an NQT - day 1

So the life of ‘Mr Evans’ has begun. Today was a day I didn’t really know how to feel about.

A Grand National Curriculum?

The Government published its response to the National Curriculum consultation and the revised programmes of study last week. At a recent ATL meeting, one of our members described the proposed new National Curriculum framework as a Grand National for kids.

Life ‘OUT’ in the classroom by Emma Baldry

Being the only openly ‘out’ gay member of staff at school is just the norm for me and my pupils and colleagues these days, aside from the yearly ‘outing’ on arrival of the new year 7 cohort each September! However, it wasn’t always like this.

Talking of Sex - PSHE: a liberating mandate

This week I had the pleasure of speaking at a Westminster Briefing Event about Personal, Social and Health Education. I was fourth to go in an impressive line up of speakers so when planning my presentation I was pretty sure there would be a whole lot of duplication if I wasn't careful. I therefore abandoned powerpoint so I wouldn't be a slave to it come what may.  I went with a few key messages, and a view to identifying and addressing the issues delegates raised throughout the session.

More Than Just a Game?

In my work researching young people’s online behaviours, I often find myself sitting in small classrooms with groups of 10 to 12 children talking about all manner of things related to their online lives. While I have done a lot of research over the last year with older children around sexting, explicit content and the wider influences therein, more recently I have been spending time talking to KS2 and 3 pupils about gaming.

The quality of courgettes

“What’s that got to do with the price of fish?” I think that’s what my mother used to say to me. There may be a new adage emerging though that’s got nothing to do with the price of fish and a lot to do with the quality of courgettes.