The snow has finally arrived! Outside it’s coming down thick and fast and I’m watching it from the cosiness of my front room, feeling very thankful that today is my day off. In teaching there are many things that can lead your carefully planned lesson astray; last night’s Facebook kick-off, a puppy love quarrel (and the subsequent tears that come with it), someone accidentally calling you Mum. But nothing compares to the complete derailment that is snow! Forget trying to teach them anything, your lesson is literally out of the window! It starts as soon as the first few flakes… View Post

Can I let you into a little secret? Sometimes, at work, I can be a bit of a moaner. Actually, that’s a big, fat lie. I’m a huge moaner! And then because I’m moaning I get stressed. My one New Years Resolution for this year was to be happy and to achieve this I need to stay a little bit more chilled out. Not it’s easy to be chilled when you’re sat at home in your PJ’s, watching Frozen, with a glass of Baileys whilst stuffing your face with the leftover Christmas chocolate. Being back at work this week has… View Post

Back when I was at 6th form college I remember asking my teachers what my target grades were for my A-levels.  I was in the middle of applying to university and as each course had varying requirements it would have been useful to know what my actual target grades were to make sure I was applying to places I had a reasonable chance of being accepted at. My schools policy was not to allow students access to them.  Obviously the stroppy 17 year old that I was then moaned and whinged, but they stood firm and to this day I… View Post

Normally at the end of the summer holidays a part of me is ready to return to school. There’s a feeling of excitement about the new year ahead and the chance for a fresh start. This year that feeling isn’t there. I feel nervous about returning on Monday and a little teary at the thought of going back to “normal” life.