Nine things to think about when you’re training to teach

I remember embarking on my own teacher training journey a few years ago. Quite honestly, I had no idea what it would involve. I knew people who were teachers, had spent some time in school, but what it would be like to be a teacher was unknown territory. With that in mind, here’s some advice …

Spy Stories – creative writing scheme of work

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Who's your favorite, Bond? Bourne? Or do you go new school with Alex Rider or Agent 21? This scheme of work contains them all. Designed to inspire students to write a section of their own spy story, it covers the typical characters, events, and setting of a classic spy story. It encourages students to consider their …

The Healthy Teacher Project 8 – Interview with Charlotte

What is The Healthy Teacher Project? Charlotte is an English teacher at a comprehensive secondary school in the Cotswolds where she's taught for five years. She's now the Associate Head of English. We talk about how Charlotte has recently made more of an effort to keep physically fit and how that investment in her health …

Five ways to keep your lessons inspiring at the end of term

Any term that's over six weeks in length is a struggle. They're all getting tired, losing focus and becoming irritable - and that's just us teachers. Personally, I always aim to get any assessments done within the first six weeks of term. Getting the most out of students (and yourself) is really hard after this. …

The Healthy Teacher Project 5 – Interview with David Keyte

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with David Keyte, an NQT primary school teacher currently teaching year 4. David gives a fascinating insight into what it means to be a healthy teacher because he's relatively new to the profession, working for a number of years in recruitment before retraining. It's …

The Healthy Teacher Project 4 – Interview with Catherine Parker

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Catherine Parker,  currently a Secondary English RQT but with 15 years previous experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant. Catherine's positivity is infectious - she talks about the surprises of being a new teacher, how she copes with it, and why it's …