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English teacher in Shanghai.

It was 50 years ago today…

Given that Sgt Pepper is 50 years old, I realised quite quickly that it was highly unlikely I’d be the only person to write an article or a blog with this title. In fact, a quick Google suggests that 224,000,000 … Continue reading

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#Nurture16/17

I haven’t done a blog like this since this one and December 2013 seems like an awfully long time ago. I suppose 1000 days is quite a stretch under any circumstances, and given what has happened since then, those days have … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name

In this article, the BBC have reported that a Headteacher in Wimbledon wants girls to stop admiring world-bestriding multi-million selling pop star Taylor Swift and go-to-sex-tape-pantomime-villain-of-the-older-generation Kim Kardashian and instead wants them to focus on characters like Cleopatra, “who wield … Continue reading

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#NRocks16

Back in this blog, I ended with the question – “Right, what am I doing on 11th June next year?” The answer, as it turned out, was what I had hoped it would be, which was “going back to Leeds … Continue reading

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Biebspeare

Today I had a bit of fun with Y8 and poetry analysis. They’ve been working on Sonnets in their normal English sets, but I see them once a week in their tutor group for a Literacy lesson – something that’s … Continue reading

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An Inspector Calls – Checkmate

I’m an English teacher, so I love a metaphor. My obsession with applying metaphor to things must be a major character flaw; but I genuinely find them helpful. They’re a lighthouse in the storm of life. And I hope that … Continue reading

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Commencing countdown, engines on…

Back in 1975, David Bowie gave an interview in which he spoke about his ‘cut-up’ technique for songwriting. It always intrigued me, and when a couple of students recently came to me to tell me they were having trouble planning an … Continue reading

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#TalkUpTeaching

I want to #talkupteaching. I have just shy of 100 days left in my job before sticks are upped and we take our leap of faith (cunningly disguised as a 19 hour flight, but I’m preferring to think of it … Continue reading

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Escaping…

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about getting ready for exams, and mentioned in it that sometimes I like to stick music on to shut the stress out a bit. I specifically mentioned a couple of pieces of classical … Continue reading

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Crunch Time

This blog is designed to help. It’s very important though that from the outset, I make it very clear that your success in managing this difficult time is entirely dependent on your attitude towards it. Continue reading

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