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