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What about all that lost learning?

What about all that lost learning?

In an unprecedented situation like a pandemic, there is much to discuss.  What about all that lost learning?  What about exams?  What about catch up opportunities?  Or even, what's happened about my dental appointment? I came across this table the other day and you'll...

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New term, new shoes and new opportunities!

New term, new shoes and new opportunities!

This time of year always makes me think of when I was growing up and how much I enjoyed the new term, new shoes and new opportunities!  There was just something about the smell of highly polished leather, a new crisp uniform straight from the packet and, of course, a...

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Where to start with ‘Tissue’?

Where to start with ‘Tissue’?

Where to start with 'Tissue'?  If you're studying the Power and Conflict anthology as part of your AQA GCSE English Literature, or have studied it in the past, you'll be familiar with the poem 'Tissue' written by Imtiaz Dharker. Believe me, you're not alone in your...

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How much difference can a GREAT teacher make?

How much difference can a GREAT teacher make?

Whether you left school 5,10 or even 40 years ago (like me), how much difference can a GREAT teacher make?  Do you remember particular teachers?  Some for all the right reasons, some for the wrong reasons.  I know I do! On National Teachers Day 2021, I've been...

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Poetry and Rap – are they cousins?

Poetry and Rap – are they cousins?

As an English tutor, exploring poetry with my students can be a little like wading through treacle!  Poetry and Rap - are they cousins though? Most (not all) young people dislike poetry, finding it dry and difficult to understand and fail to see the reason or...

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10 things I should be grateful for!

10 things I should be grateful for!

I don't know about you, but I'm not very good at stopping and reflecting!  What are the 10 things I should be grateful for? Lives are so busy these days with work, family, friends and a social life, that I have to be tough on myself to stop for a second and reflect...

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