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Schools know all about pressure: we may have a thousand teenagers, books to mark, Ofsted prowling and parents at the door. In football the crowds are larger and...
How was it for you? Even after 11 years as a teacher I never slept before my first day back. My feelings were a mixture of impatience to...
“You illustrated my childhood!” author Ghislaine Kenyon quotes the oft-repeated message fielded modestly by Quentin Blake at hundreds of book signings. Having been a teacher before other education roles...
If you’re not a science teacher, you may think this book is not for you. Think again. Whatever your background, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene will make you more...
Should we teach confidence classes? By @HuntingEnglish This post is a response to a recent suggestion by television presenter Ben Fogle that schools should teach confidence. Alex Quigley...
Being asked to review Alex Quigley’s new book is serendipitous – and daunting. He is a Twitter teacher of some repute; an assistant head at Huntington school in York; a...
My blog choices this week all relate to motivation and priorities, including: why we teach, how we teach, why we take on leadership roles, and how we decide...
It is a sad fact that far too many people in positions of power fall from grace once it becomes clear that that power is being misused. The...
What did memory evolve to do? @psychohut “Human memory research has largely ignored our evolutionary history”, Jonathan Firth writes before he seeks to make amends. He describes how...
How do young people really feel about the future? How do they construct identities at home, at school and online? What’s it like growing up in a hyper-connected...
Sitting here the day after the Northern Rocks conference, I realise that it is possible to be both exhausted and exhilarated. The weekend has left me in a...
I resisted this book because it oozed something of the self-help manual. But at the same time, I was drawn to it, precisely because its dust-jacket made a big,...

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