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My First Day as an NQT

My First Day as an NQT Right, first day of the job. Finally, I’m actually a teacher.  Nervous, bit nervous. Very nervous actually. I wish this traffic would hurry up. What’s the time? Left half an hour early because of the roadworks but this is ridiculous. Can’t be late on... View Article

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Primary School Maths Results Infograph

Primary School Maths Results Infograph A maths infograph, looking at the expected standards, gender differences in KS2 SATs results, trends in international maths and changes in maths results in the maths curriculum in primary schools. Schools Reaching the Expected Standard This infograph shows the highest performing local authorities are concentrated... View Article

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(Not another) Blog about Phonics

(Not Another Blog) About Phonics… Many, me included, have plenty to say about phonics. My Twitter feed regularly features links to blogs on the subject of phonics. These cover a wide spectrum of views, from those who would advocate a phonics first and phonics only approach to reading, to those... View Article

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The Challenges faced by an Associate Head

The Challenges Faced By an Associate Head in a Primary School During my career in education, I have been fortunate to work in some wonderful schools alongside talented teachers and leaders. Although the pupils in these schools often presented with gaps in both their academic and social abilities, they had... View Article

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Questions to Ask a Subject Leader

Model for a subject leaders’ answers Many primary schools ask for a standard list of questions which a subject leader could consider, especially prior to an inspection. There is no standard list of questions to ask a subject leader to be used on inspection as it wholly depends on the... View Article

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