• Cathy is a qualified teacher but has not taught for 10+ years.

    Cathy has strong views & makes a living writing books, or consulting, telling others how to teach.

    Some very experienced & current classroom […]

  • Teacher Brian is a Twitter user. There has been a lot of discussion about how disgraceful it is for a teacher to shout at a student. Twitter teachers say students must be protected from this.

    When Brian’s […]

  • Sara wrote a new post, Deeper Learning 1 week ago

    OFSTED is now demanding that schools demonstrate “deeper learning”.

    OFSTED’s vice like grip continues!

  • Sara wrote a new post, Be Like Dan 1 week, 5 days ago

    Are you looking for the answers to all questions?
    Are you a teacher?
    Be like Dan!

  • OFSTED says it has had positive feedback on its plan for an inspector to break the headteacher’s leg the day before inspection.

    Headteacher Simon (seen here with broken leg), seemed a bit broken by his […]

  • Sara wrote a new post, Knife Crime 2 weeks ago

    Headteacher Tracy is a firm believer in a disciplined school environment.

    She excludes pupils who seriously disrupt learning.

    She is now told she is responsible for the huge increase in knife crime and […]

  • This is NQT Darren. He follows all the latest EEF research.

    The latest showed that he could add 4 months of progress to his 5 year old pupils.

    Darren decided to use all 200 EEF programmes and he added 800 […]

  • Secondary Headteacher Mary is preparing for her interview with the inspector, under the new OFSTED focus on the curriculum.

    “What does your school teach about Colombia, in which subject, and to which year […]

  • Year 1 teacher Jennifer is gamely having a go at the new music curriculum for 5 year olds.

    Schools Minister Mr Gibb, who is a keen classical music buff, chose the Royal Schools of Music to develop the […]

  • Infant school Headteacher Mrs Marsh was thoughtful.

    When assessing reception students on the new baseline test, should she be “generous” or “harsh” with her marking?

    If she did not demonstrate value added in […]

  • David is a modern metro-sexual teacher of the 21st Century.

    David genuinely supports women having flexible working hours.

    In his school most of the staff are women, and most of them have flexible part-time […]

  • Headteacher Geraldine is preparing papers for the governors’ meeting.

    Papers are sent to governors before each meeting, but Geraldine knows that most of the governors will not read any of them. Or if they do, […]

  • Felix has competence with the skateboard. He can do it.

    He can do it rather well. He has learnt how to do it.

    The edu-twitter fanatics want to know if this is due to skills or knowledge.

    They do want F […]

  • Mr Thomas came into teaching because he loved his subject.

    He loved explaining things to children.

    Now Mr Thomas is told to research how to teach.

    He has to consider how brains work.

    Mr Thomas no […]

  • Like many other teachers James was drowning.

    Drowning under the weight of accountability frameworks.

    Drowning under the pressure over which he had no control.

    To save James from his fate, OFSTED offered […]

  • Cassie was caught red handed stealing food. Her mucky paws were everywhere and the whole family were disgusted by her behaviour.

    “What have you got to say for yourself”, everyone demanded. “The damage you have […]

  • Mrs Tibbycat was bombarded by messages about how best to feed her kittens.

    Had she read the latest research?

    Was she using applied Cognitive Science?

    Mrs Tibbycat decided that feeding kittens had been […]

  • Sara is an “oldschool” teacher.

    Back in the day publishers produced textbooks and hundreds of schools bought them. Hundreds of teachers delivered lessons using the textbooks.

    Now, we don’t buy textbooks. […]

  • One of Headteacher Joel’s staff has just tweeted that a person publicly supporting Islamic State,  should be allowed back into the UK.

    Now parents are writing to Joel saying they don’t want their children […]

  • Sharon has been teaching for many years under various OFSTED frameworks.

    Now she is being asked to comment on the latest OFSTED Framework proposals.

    She thinks the new framework is better than the one she is […]

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