Author Archives: suecowley

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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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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Life in the Sandpit

If you spend any length of time working in the early years sector, you start to get the feeling that you are not seen to be quite as intellectual or rational as those working in other phases. This doesn’t come … Continue reading

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Tread Softly

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W. B. Yeats In the summer of 2016, we were staying at the children’s grandparents’ house … Continue reading

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A Culture of Trust

“(S)he who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” Lao Tzu Trust is a strange thing. There is no way that someone can prove themselves worthy of your trust, unless you put your trust in them in the first … Continue reading

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This board, for quite a large MAT, doesn't seem the most representative: — Warwick Mansell (@warwickmansell) December 11, 2017 If you take a look at the Board of Directors of this multi academy trust, you will notice something very odd. … Continue reading

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The Core

I’ve been thinking all day about what is at the core of the Reception year, ever since I woke up this morning and read in an Ofsted report that they think that the core of Reception is reading. Lots of … Continue reading

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Boycott Baseline

There has to be a baseline test Your school must outdo all the rest No matter that they’re only four No time to waste, we must do more. There has to be a baseline test For only some can be … Continue reading

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