Education

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Education, education, education

Our 100th writing prompt is inspired by our very own teacher and writer, Niki (aka Mama Elsie). Always with an eye on, and concern for, children...
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100 things you should do at school before 16

It’s great to see some of us undoubtedly left school having accomplished at least some of the 100 things you should do at school...
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So it’s ta ta to abbreviations like eg, ie, etc, etc,...

Do you agree? Is this the slippery slope to seeing much loved Latin abbreviations eradicated from a ‘plain English’ Britain? When forced to think...
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Introduction of Asian Maths Methods to UK primary schools

BBC Education News is reporting on the introduction of the “Asian Maths Method” to primary schools. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against new...
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Duh! Shouldn’t you know that already?

This post from Alison jumped off the page as I have just come through graduation season. In that regard, I have been musing on...
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Dear young person who just wrote me another rejection letter

With the much lauded shortage of teachers in our country I am bemused why I meet so many teachers of my 20-years experience who...
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SATS paper leaked day before test!

A "rogue marker" leaked a test the day before it was taken on Tuesday by children aged 10 and 11 in England, the Department...
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The scourge of non-specialist teaching

I came into teaching 18 years ago, for all the right reasons, to impart knowledge, make a difference, and help young people. Then I...
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5 teachers reveal what it’s really like working in an academy

What has got the teachers storming into their teacups this time? Well they are now facing the future of working in an academy -...
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What school uniform will your child be wearing in September?

So this is the week that launched a thousand waiting lists. On Tuesday 1st March envelopes and emails were opened with trepidation as parents and...
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Picking a new school through their eyes

Taking your primary school darling off to wander big, big school corridors? How did it feel for you? Al Coates was armed and ready...
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Official – school support staff as overworked as teachers

The union’s general secretary Mary Bousted has warned that support staff are “struggling under excessive workloads as much as teachers” after research found many...

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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...