You may have seen my previous post; ‘When do we expect children to be at their best?’ This post will cover some of what was mentioned there but with a Covid-19 ‘spin’. I am so passionate about how, for want of a better word, useless, baseline tests are I am going to outline my reasons … Continue reading Don’t fall into the baseline trap!
As we start to think about going 'back to school' after the Easter break I have been doing a lot of soul searching and thinking about how our way of life, living, working and learning have changed dramatically. Through this thought process I have realised that in a small way, this is how the children … Continue reading How long did we have to prepare? Should this change how we work with year 6/7 in the future?
How is the transitional period going? We have had a full week now, although due to whole household isolation changes some are on week 2 of home learning! I am hearing lots of heartwarming stories of families pulling together and children responding really well. Lets not get complacent though, I have head as many horror … Continue reading One down ? to go!
Today has been a strange day, it was a day where, without any real preparation almost every child in the country has transitioned from school to home learning. How many of us can say that we as adults were ready for this, let alone the children. What are we doing to get them ready for … Continue reading Every child has transitioned today!
Photo by Alex Smith on Pexels.com I have been struggling for days now, how can I possibly put into words what it must be like for the year 6 children who are leaving school this afternoon, quite possibly for the last time as a primary pupil. I am heartbroken for them! Whilst many of them … Continue reading Do not let the children be the ‘lost’ year group.
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Pexels.com Tough question right! Although in hindsight maybe not. Surely we expect our children to be at their best just before a test/exam. Right at the end of some intense intervention. Boosters, before school classes, after school lessons, extra homework task, the list goes on. This obviously helps the children … Continue reading When do we expect children to be at their best?
Hands up - how many of you who are secondary teachers knew that March 1st (2nd this year) is the day that children, families and schools find out about which schools the year 6 children are offered? Some of you may have seen that my good friend Ellie Grout (https://groutysguide.co.uk/) and I have started the … Continue reading Offer Day – Part 3 for Secondary Schools
It should be a 'normal' day for your 6 class today. You have it all planned, the lessons are going to be amazing, you are as planned as you'll ever be and whats not to love about your job! You had a great day with the class yesterday and hopefully that will continue today. Then … Continue reading Offer day – Part 2 for Primary Schools
Monday is the big day! It is the day that children will find out about the secondary school that they have been allocated. Part 1, of this series of 3, is for families and children. How are you all feeling? Today, you find out if all that stress back in October was worth it. For … Continue reading Offer Day – Part 1: for parents
Does it matter if the child doesn't like the teacher, or vice versa? If it does, should it? My argument is yes; yes it does and yes it should. This post is not about if relationships matter though, it is about whose responsibility is it to make sure there is one! In primary school children … Continue reading Whose responsibility is it to forge relationships in Year 7? Do they even matter?