Blog Articles

 
Interviews with Teachers: Victoria Hewett
Victoria Hewett, also known as Mrs Humanities, is a twice-nominated UK blog award finalist, teacher and soon to be author. She has been teaching in Kent for six years and is currently subject leader for Geography. Before that, she was Head of Humanities at a free school. Victoria set up the teacher well-being scheme #Teacher5adayBuddyBox in 2016, which now has over 1,500 participants from across the UK and further afield. She also set up well as Magpied Pedgogy, a website which...
13/04/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Vikki Parker
Former Drama Teacher Vikki Parker is the Creative Director at Arts Unwritten, a new social enterprise that seeks to develop new writing for theatre, exploring taboo themes of mental health. After 16 years in teaching, Vikki is now an actor, director, writer, poet, and visual artist, with a mission to provide a creative platform for stories that heal. Through studying Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the IATE, Vikki has extensively explored the therapeutic power of the Arts, and the aim of...
07/02/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Catherine Tighe
In the first of our new Interviews with Teachers series, meet the inspiring British champion in Sports Acrobatics Gymnastics; Catherine Tighe! Hear about the impact the Youth Sports Trust can have on students motivation, how to improve the numbers of girls taking up PE & the thrills that teaching PE can bring!  
02/02/2018
English in the Classroom: A Year in the Data Dark
Lauren has been teaching English for seven years; swiftly moving from NQT to KS4 leader to Head of Faculty to Director of English (one of new fashion of Extended Leadership Team titles) and for the most part has been fortunate enough to experience joyous GCSE results days, full of smiling faces and heaving massive sighs of relief that an ever-increasing number of students each year were achieving what they needed to move on to the next level. Lauren shares with us her experience as a...
20/09/2017
Interviews with Teachers: Jason Clarke
Next up in our Interviews with Teachers series, we spoke to Jason Clarke who, back in 2015, made the move from teaching in the UK to teaching abroad. We wanted to speak to Jason about the differences and challenges of working abroad as a teacher, compared to the UK. If you’re considering teaching in another country, read on to find out about Jason’s experience and get his advice.
02/02/2018
Surviving the Reform Part 1
In my last post, I reflected on how important data tracking is to student progress and how challenging the last year had been without grade boundaries to lean on in order to track progress accurately. For my next few posts, I’ll be delving deeper into my personal experience of the GCSE English reform, how we survived the year, and what I would do differently this year. I’m not ashamed to say that when faced with a new challenge I like to do my research thoroughly and plan...
13/10/2017
Interviews with Teachers: Jen English
Jen English has been teaching for six years, and has been a Head of Department for the last two years. During her teaching career, she has also been a PGCE and NQT mentor and led whole school CPD on various Teaching and Learning Strategies. Now, Jen co-runs #GeogChat on Twitter and is a keen sharer of resources both through Twitter and her blog. Recently, she presented at the Geographical Association Conference on 'Increasing challenge at Key Stage 3' and in the evening at the...
25/04/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Rebecca Kenny
Rebecca Kenny has been teaching for thirteen years and working with children for sixteen. She has a passion for creative education and instilling a sense of purpose and motivation in all of her students. She is now developing her own company offering creative, motivational holiday clubs to students across South Liverpool, where she hopes to develop critical and creative minds for many more years. We spoke to Rebecca for our ‘Interviews with Teachers’ series about the current issues...
13/02/2018