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Accept no substitutes

It’s the end of term in most schools today, and I’d like you to take a moment to think about the supply teachers. (Vested interest declaration: reader, I am one.) Nobody loves a supply teacher. The class teachers (usually) have … Continue reading

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Supply & demand: the school staffing crisis

There is, I believe, a looming crisis in school staffing. In fact, I think it’s already here. We already know that the number of new teachers being trained is falling, and that schools struggle to retain staff after a few … Continue reading

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Where’s the joy?

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a school INSET day, and I have to admit I didn’t recognise the name of the guest speaker, all I knew was that he was a world champion ping-pong player. I … Continue reading

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Squishy Circuits

I shall call him SQUISHY and he shall be mine and he shall be my SQUISHY – Dory, Finding Nemo This is a wonderful idea for teaching electrical circuits and more (thanks to Linda Sandvik for tweeting about something that … Continue reading

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The Longest Year: School Direct or School, Die Wrecked?

It’s finally over. I survived a year as a School Direct (Salaried) trainee. I made it to the end, I qualified, and I have a job as a Newly-Qualified Teacher (NQT) next year. This is nothing short of a miracle, … Continue reading

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