Education

PTA (Parent Teacher Alliance)

Parents’ Evening is often quite an intense affair but this year as brought with it a whole new set of challenges. Anxious parents sit puzzled as you explain that their daughter, judged as working above National Expectations at the end of Year 1 is now not meeting National Expectations because there is not enough evidence of… Continue reading PTA (Parent Teacher Alliance)

Education

The Big, Tall, Grey Elephant In The Classroom

“I love teaching English. There is so much more freedom and room for creativity than there is in maths. There are just less rules you know?”  No I don’t know and it’s “fewer” not “less.” There are a LOT of rules in English – it’s a very complex language. Of course children need opportunities to… Continue reading The Big, Tall, Grey Elephant In The Classroom

Education

Does Your School Have A Unicorn?

There are a lot of unicorns in schools at the moment. Things that we tell ourselves are true when we know deep down they aren’t. This doesn’t stop school leaders, politicians and advisers insisting that we believe in these myths. Here are some of the most common unicorns found in primary schools today. Unicorn Number 1 “With “Quality… Continue reading Does Your School Have A Unicorn?