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Bullying

Bullying

Anti-bullying week is coming up in November, and it is something which we dedicate a large amount of time and effort to in schools, not just during that week but all year round. I was thinking this evening how strange it is that we are so tough on bullying among children, yet we have so many schools, businesses and offices in which bullying is endemic and even accepted. My first experience of teaching was a stressful and extremely difficult one, due to the nature of the head teacher.  She would routinely humiliate staff and she piled on the pressure to

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All eyes gaze on us

All eyes gaze on us

Our production date is almost upon us! On Wednesday, I will be taking seventeen Year 5 students (aged 10 and 11) to a local theatre to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to their parents, teachers and two other primary schools.  This is part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival, a wonderful organisation that trains teachers to become directors and allows children, even from the most deprived areas of the U.K., to perform a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre.  It is a magical experience for the children and I am really looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour on

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Anyone can be a leader

Anyone can be a leader

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a post about Donald Trump (there are enough of those in my Facebook news feed right now…) but the current climate has made me consider the role of leadership and the qualities that make a good leader.  I have also been influenced to make this post because of my own professional development and first forays into leadership within a school. I am a teacher and, whilst I didn’t begin my career having particular aspirations to lead–meaning that I wasn’t especially focused on ‘climbing the ladder’ and becoming an assistant head or even eventually

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For the quiet ones

For the quiet ones

When I was a child, I was told often, usually by well-meaning family members and teachers, how quiet I was.  How shy.  I wasn’t a particularly nervous child, and I never considered myself especially shy, but I was always content to spend time alone–I thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact–and I was taught to be polite and respectful from an early age.  Coupled with my natural, introspective tendencies and a good imagination, I probably was quieter than many of my peers, at least in a large social situation. I am a similar way now, although I am in no way shy

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