Paying Lip Service

Pay rises, extra money, Nick Gibb saying he’s looking forward to sorting out education spending, a new Secretary of State for Education who actually has a link to teaching, a new optimism in politics. The future is bright, surely? Except we’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? Every time there is a change in leadership …

The Dark Night of the Soul

Today marks 8 years since the lowest point of my teaching career. I remember it vividly. However, looking back it was probably simultaneously the worst and best day of my career.  I was coming to the end of a long year in Year 6, and despite coming off the back of another good set of …

Reports – The Honest Truth?

Urgh.  I’m sure I’m supposed to say they are a vital part of parent’s feedback and will be treasured and valued. But, actually, are they?  However much thought goes into them, are they ever more than a sycophantic snapshot, filled with teacher jargon and obscure adjectival changes to shift meaning for those who can read …