Author Archives: suecowley

Navigate the World

It’s muddy in the forest So we have to wear our boots. That’s the way you do it! First right foot and then left foot. The forecast is for rain So we’ll wear coveralls for luck. And pack up our … Continue reading

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The Power

“Just give me, give me, give me the power And I’ll make them bleed” Suede I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole … Continue reading

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Advice for NQTs

Do not do the things I did Try not to shout at a class of kids Smile if you want on the very first day Don’t send kids out early to play. Explain what you need, children want to know … Continue reading

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The Wrong Sort of Child

Do not apply to come to our school If you cannot comply with every rule And if your child has SEND We’re not the place for them to be. There’s another school just up the road And we don’t plan … Continue reading

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Expected Standard

I’m not Expected Standard There’s lots I do not know The Government checked my learning And decided it was low. The grown ups think I’m stupid They think I do not see That some kids find school easier And learning … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Knowledge

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984 When I was a child, I believed in two things that later on (to my complete astonishment) turned out to be incorrect. I … Continue reading

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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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