#teacher5adayread: a little room for you

Reading is the only way I can sit still. If I’m not submerged in a story, my mind will wander to food (always food!), plans that week, what’s left to do, what I could be buying on the internet- my partner Ben says it is the only way to get me to attempt to relax […]

#FiftyBookChallenge- 2015

For the first year EVER, I ended with time to spare. Granted, it was only a day but progress is progress! As ever, my exhaustive list followed by the highlights: Robert Graves- Goodbye to All That Patrick Ness- More Than This Jonathan Coe- The House of Sleep Pierre LaMaitre- Alex Very British Problems Michael Grant- […]

Sustain Over Show: Literacy is NOT a dirty word

I’ve spent the last year developing rather a fanatical obsession with what leaves students standing at the literacy block and how I can develop strategies that are not box-ticking or with quick-win value, but that will demonstrate that improving students’ literacy over time with long-term habits is the key to raising standards within school. As […]

Fifty Book Challenge 2014

In step with my new tradition of attempting to plough through at least fifty books a year, this year I have managed it with a week to spare. I thought I would compile the list (mainly because I am amazed that I have found the time) but also highlight the ones that were well worth […]

Take Away the Spoon

Linear assessment keeps me awake at night, and every day that passes feels like a lost opportunity to prepare students with the coping mechanisms that they need to function in the big, wide, real world. Here are a few ways of ensuring that the children that enter your classroom stand a chance if left to […]