Summer Turner

I teach, therefore I am.

Category Archives: Education (general)

Becoming a Writer

I recently finished writing a first draft of a book for Bloomsbury on Curriculum and Assessment Design. It is probably the best thing I have ever done, but it was … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

Changing the Leadership Narrative

On Saturday 16th January 2016, a group of educators gathered in the almost deserted offices of Microsoft HQ to talk about women leaders in education: the ones already there and … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

Curriculum Matters

One of the most exciting parts of being a Subject Lead of English, has been the opportunity to design our curriculum. I think there has been a danger of overlooking … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Becoming a Leader

Last year, I became a member of SLT. It has been an experience unlike any other – full of unexpected challenges and rewards. Nothing quite prepares you for what it … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fighting Fair

I love a good debate; it’s often where I come closest to finding answers to the complexities of education. I find it invigorating to have your ideas challenged and to … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Great Days

I love the start of a new academic year. You arrive to it like a traveller post night flight, sleepless from the Sunday insomnia, slightly dazed and confused and anxious. … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Testing Testing

Testing seems to be one of the most loaded terms in education. It comes with many a negative connotation and a whole raft of satirical cartoons. Indeed, I’ve seen first-hand … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

High Impact | My Post from

‘Impact’ is a word which has become increasingly popular in pedagogy. Teachers and leaders in education – increasingly skeptical of an implied focus on school data which comes with the … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Courage of Conviction

Learning Lessons from Great Schools and Great People. My Grandpa died this Easter and despite it having been expected, I was shocked by the weight of grief. When someone impacts … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

‘Learning Lessons’ from great schools – my trip to KEGS.

I love my job. I am irritatingly smug about it and feel – on a daily basis – insanely lucky to be a teacher. One of the many aspects that … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Grammar For Writing

There has been a lot of Twitter discussion recently about the explicit teaching of grammar. As someone who was initially concerned about the implications of grammar teaching, I have come … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Read All About It

Five weeks ago in the early hours of a Saturday morning on a cold grey day, I got a coach to Southampton. A COACH. Why? Well I had been asked … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Curriculum Design – taking the leap.

In my last week at my previous school, I went to an outdoors activity centre with my form to celebrate their success in the inter-form merit system. The ‘Leap of … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

Aiming Higher

This week I started as Head of English at the East London Science School. The school holds many attractions for me – not least the chance to create and run … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

A musical farewell

Some of the lovely and talented students from my form wrote and performed this song as a goodbye present. Too wonderful not to share.

July 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

‘Thinking Outside the Books’

‘For many teachers, the current climate of education, with its stress on academic attainment at the expense of a commitment to the development of the whole child, is a cause … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

All right stop, Collaborate and listen.

In our classes we constantly advocate collaboration. We preach about the values of working together, the sharing of ideas, the scaffolding of knowledge and the joys of group work. Mostly … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘A Call to Charms’

Like any true product of the British system, my personal instinct is to be cynical, pessimistic and critical. Luckily (for my students) the classroom version of me is someone so … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 5 Comments