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Handwriting in primary schools

Blog about handwriting? Would there be enough to blog about? I began to think. I remember my grandfather telling me how he had to learn exquisitely perfect copperplate handwriting on a slate. If that was not challenging enough, he was left-handed and his teacher tied his left hand behind his... View Article

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Maths in primary schools

Put the kettle on and let’s talk about maths. When I get home on a Friday night, members of my family (once they’ve eventually looked up from their respective screens of various dimensions and realised I’m back) will often ask, ‘Where have you been this week?’. And I will normally... View Article

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EAL Learners and the New Curriculum

EAL Learners in primary schools The group of children that we “name” EAL learners, is not a homogeneous group. These children come from many different ethnicities, different cultural experiences, different life experiences (some of them challenging and traumatic), and different educational experiences and expectations. What they all have in common... View Article

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Developing Middle Leaders

Developing Middle Leaders in primary schools I’ve been working in and around Sunderland recently and a lot of the work has been around middle leadership in primary schools, speaking at conferences and also working with a couple of my ‘package’ schools. We call them package schools because they have bought... View Article

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