Author Archives: suecowley

The Firmest Foundations

“No sitting at desks, we are too busy playing No testing or labelling, hear what we’re saying Be brave and be bold, make the firmest foundations Build a garden! Take pride in the joy of creation.” There is something magical … Continue reading

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If You Build It

I wanted to share a short story with you It may sound unreal but I promise it’s true So here is my poem on how the outdoors Can become an inspiring unstoppable force. It was ten years ago I became … Continue reading

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A Bad Idea

I’m finding it impossible to narrow down all the reasons why the baseline test is a bad idea, so I didn’t bother. Here’s my starter for ten. Feel free to add more in the comments. 1. It takes the class … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

According to Damian Hinds (and various friends of the DfE) there are a handful of reasons for the slight recruitment and retention hiccup currently troubling a couple of England’s schools, and Damian has a list of handy ways to solve … Continue reading

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The Thing About Grammar

It’s really hard to talk about grammar without upsetting someone. Really, really hard. Some might even say impossible. The DfE have managed to upset just about everyone at some point with their approach to grammar. Even if you’re not cross … Continue reading

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Identify

When I was at secondary school, there was a fashion for tucking our jumpers into our skirts. Looking back now, I have no idea why we did it, and I can accept that we must have looked stupid, but for … Continue reading

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I Love Lego

Back in the year 2000, Lego was voted the ‘Toy of the Century‘, thankfully beating such gendered nonsense as Barbie and Action Man in the race to the prize. It’s not hard to understand why. Lego is not only a … Continue reading

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