Category Archives: Writing

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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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 Critical Friend

It’s very interesting to see feedback getting so much attention as a concept in education at the moment. It’s lovely to see so many examples of teachers using critique in such complex and intelligent ways. Unfortunately for me, though, the … Continue reading

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Inspire SW

In honour of this conference, I’ve done something really mad I’ve written a keynote poem, and I warn you, it could be bad. I like to take a risk or two, I’m quite experimental I sang a song at WomenEd, … Continue reading

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Be a Writer – Part Four: Copy Rights

When your book gets accepted for publication, you will be sent a contract to sign. It’s likely that you will want to sign on the dotted line as quick as you can and send it straight back, just in case … Continue reading

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Be a Writer – Part Three: Publish or Be Damned

Once you’ve decided that you are going to be a writer, and you’ve got your idea past the “is this actually going to be useful/interesting/inspiring to my audience?” test, it is time to try and get your words into print. In … Continue reading

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Be a Writer – Part Two: Ideas and Audiences

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison There are all sorts of motivations for writing a book. Maybe you want to share your ideas with the … Continue reading

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