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Question Has science become the forgotten core subject? My Predictions I think that in most schools, science is not given the priority it once had, especially at key stage 2 since the demise of primary science SATs. And I think that science subject leaders do not have that much support... View Article
What a year in Early Years! After all the time and effort that went into the development of the ‘Early Years Baseline’ and uncertainty about the profile and accountability in Early Years, we find ourselves back where we started. What a relief! The DfE’s announcement that the profile will remain... View Article
Mum is 23 years older than Henry and 3 years younger than dad. If the total ages of all three is 73, how old is mum? This type of question should now become common-place in most schools and academies at some stage and signals that there is a fundamental change... View Article
By now, most early years teachers and practitioners will have arrangements in place to ensure children’s smooth transition from reception into year 1. For those teachers and practitioners who haven’t yet considered what the process looks like, here is a list of possible considerations.
My experience doing inset abroadOn a grey, wintery day, I was asked, “Would you be interested in some inset abroad in Doha?” I love to travel and see new places, but, having taught in international schools myself, I am also interested in working with the particular needs of these schools to... View Article
Why should we teach grammar? Well, we now have an intense focus on grammar within the statutory English curriculum, so that is certainly one reason! Much more than that, however, is that grammar is about language. It is about how words are chosen, how sentences are written, how effective detail... View Article
When I was 11 years old I knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. It wasn’t just the influence of having parents as teachers (they didn’t put me off!) I just knew that I liked doing pretty much everything. I loved learning and I loved the day-to-day... View Article