Justine Greening, the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education has just announced that she wants new grammar schools to serve “ordinary families.” That is, families where the household income is below £33 000. Speaking at St Mary’s University in London this week, Ms Greening did not offer any explanation of how this could be … Continue reading The Fundamental Reasons Why Grammar Schools Are the Reserve of the Middle Class
The reasons why we need to get a good night’s sleep are well grounded in science. All the same, we keep on working late into the night or ignoring the lifestyle changes we need to start conquering the 3am monkey mind. As if you needed reminding, here are the reasons why you really need to … Continue reading Seven Reasons Why You Really Need to Start Getting Enough Sleep
Something is happening to teacher workload. Could the sixty hour weeks be coming to an end? Hands up, who had a Christmas shopping day last December? Who now gets a duvet day every term? Schools are now waking up to the fact that they need to act on teacher workload. So long as they do … Continue reading Duvet Days for Teachers – Workload Solution or Sticking Plaster
How old were you when you started teaching? Was it a continuous route from school to university and back to school, or did you work in another job first? Traditionally, teaching is a career where many have worked in other professions first. Often an unfulfilling career is the catalyst for retraining as a teacher, perhaps … Continue reading Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
FREE WEBINAR - Thursday 9th February, 8pm GMT Did you sleep well last night? Did you wake up refreshed and eager to face the day ahead? I hope you did. If you’re the way I used to be, you woke up around 3am, your mind bouncing around like a bag of frogs. You’re smart enough … Continue reading Start Sleeping Like a Baby (Again)
The recent stories of schools in southern England being forced to consider four day weeks, have left me dismayed, angry and concerned. For me, it took the shine off the government U-turn regarding forcing all schools to become academies. So when I learned last week that the money set aside for academy conversions has been … Continue reading Welcome to the Four Day Week
Yesterday, I launched a survey on teachers’ thoughts on the profession. It has thrown up some surprising, and some unsurprising results. Of those who’ve responded so far, forty percent feel they will leave the profession in the next five years. That’s a huge issue for our young people when recruitment is already low. It’s also … Continue reading What Teachers Want