#CampED14 – new venue, same ethos.

This weekend was our second CampEd event and, if I am honest, I was very nervous about it. Dughall and I had lost our completer finisher from the 2012 event as Helen Daykin now has two gorgeous daughters to keep her busy and both of us are very different roles at work from two years […]

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Would you like chocolate?

At present at Long Sutton Primary we are going through a period of distinct change as we have taken on the challenge of undertaking curriculum and system change in a short period of time. We are currently looking at the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals (having lost our dinner provider for next year), […]

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Blimey, where did that come from?

Yesterday, there was a flurry of blog activity to celebrate the fact that Mike Cladingbowl had invited a range of edu bloggers to OFSTED towers to discuss issues they had included in their blogs. These were Tom Bennett, Ross McGill, Sheena Lewington, David Didau and Tom Sherrington The blogs written were pleasing to see and there […]

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The Night Zoo Keeper comes to school

As the Head of a school which is in a rural area, I am always acutely aware of the opportunities which are open to children in larger conurbations or nearer to the administrative centre of their Local Authority. After getting the job, and discovering what we can’t access and how the school is having to […]

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Ghost Island

  I was flicking through Twitter whilst struggling with a piece of work from school and saw this image from the Twitter address of Abandoned Places. The picture is available here. The tweet simply stated that: An island in Japan had a population density of 216,264 people per sq mile. It’s now completely abandoned. If […]

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I want to be a Primary Teacher!

At Christmas, I found that I had never felt so tired at the end of a very tough, but thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational term. After dropping the kids (and the turkey) with my parents my wife and I returned home basically to recover from the term ready for family festivities. I am not unrealistic and […]

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Nurture 13/14

  I appear to have missed the Nurture 12/13 posts last year which perhaps gives an indication of how tired I was after my first term as a Primary Head. Having read several of them I decided  to have a go for two reasons. Firstly, I love blogging and have realised that I have missed […]

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Ticking every box

Sir Michael Wilshaw has opened his mouth again and there is a wide range of responses to it. His latest targets include grammar schools, underperforming schools, schools in the east, rural schools and behaviour in the classroom. I have to be honest in admitting from the start of this blog post that I support much […]

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Symbaloo

Today I had a chat with Peter Richardson about the use of Playbooks at his school and also his use of symbaloo to support the school website and the VLE element of it. I have had a play with it today and am testing the embedding tool. My next job is to sort out the sizing […]

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World Book of Maps

In my new post I am working with our teachers on developing our curriculum and am trying to use this (and other blogs) as a mine of information. We are presently looking at our teaching of reading and creating an atmosphere in which children see reading as pleasure as something which is a natural part […]

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