Category Archives: Flexibility


At first glance it is hard to question. A policy that all children should be in school during all of term time. Very well done, Mr Gove. Back up your policy with a fine, have a focus on attendance in … Continue reading

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50,000 Shades of Grey

‘Only connect.’ E.M. Forster Speaking from the sidelines, the education profession seems particularly divided at the moment. It’s like there are lots of people in a room together, and they’re all shouting at each other from opposite sides of the … Continue reading

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This is How I Teach

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Experience, think, read, write, more experience, more thinking, more reading, more writing. Start again at experience. I teach teachers. It’s my job alongside writing books and … Continue reading

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Searching for the Silver Bullet

You can test for ‘most efficient’, but ‘best’ is a value judgement. I’ve been trying to work out why I’m nervous about all the talk of teaching as an ‘evidence-led profession’. I get all the arguments about why it’s a … Continue reading

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In Praise of Teachers

I wanted to balance out all the negativity with a bit of praise. Things are heated in education right now. But in the thick of it are hundreds of thousands of great teachers doing their best, day after day, week … Continue reading

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Getting the Teachers to Behave

Dear Michael, Thanks for your email. I’m really sorry to hear that you’re struggling to get your class to do what you want them to. I know just how hard it can be as an NQT, and as you say … Continue reading

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