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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 abroad On 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... 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
Leading English in a primary school is a vast undertaking and, with all the current shifts and changes with the implementation and embedding of the 2014 curriculum, it has become increasingly demanding. An English leader needs to be organised and confident, but much more than that needs a passion for... View Article
Euclid, Hypatia, Archimedes. Pythagoras, Newton, Euler. Fibonacci, Pascal, Somerville, Turing. Mrs Emma Lacey from Redbrick Primary School. Every one of them a mathematics pioneer. Every one of them a leading light in the sometimes dark world of numbers. Every one of them a calculating colossus, striding the landscape of three... View Article
I was recently working with a primary school on their self evaluation, something I do often, and I was trying to think about why this process is so useful. Why, I kept wondering, was it better to get advice and support writing a self evaluation? Surely the clue is in... View Article