The rhythms of a school year matter

Reading Time: 3 minutes The rhythms of a school year really matter. This year, they’ve totally disappeared – for me, right now, being on maternity leave where I’m currently away for the longest I ever have been. And for everyone else with home learning and repeated isolations. But the government announcements through t the last academic year and a half demonstrate that they have no idea how tightly structured those rhythms are. September brings the hope and promise of a new year. It’s a new planner, clean pencil case, pens with lids intact, fresh books. Everyone gets a new start (which is why we …

Performing the good girl

Reading Time: 6 minutes Chris Curtis’s latest blogpost – https://learningfrommymistakesenglish.blogspot.com/ – chimes with some things I’ve been writing / thinking about for a while now, about the ways that girls adopt different personas depending, in large part, on the expectations they experience in different places. I’ve had conversations at parents’ evenings that reveal the dilemma he describes, that “The home persona will say something and challenge things when the school persona will not, because they are worried they’ll get told off. Life for them is the battle between these two versions of themselves.” Working at a girls’ school for a decade, I’ve had lots of …

Reasons why teaching is awesome

Reading Time: 2 minutes 1. You get to spend LITERALLY all day talking about books and stories which is basically what makes us human , creates relationships, consciousness, and empathy. It’s the thing that makes us amazing 2. You get to make young people confident. In a way that you weren’t at their age and still aren’t, really, and maybe they’re faking it too but goddamn they can argue their point well 3. You spend your day with intelligent thoughtful people who always challenge you. Staff and students. Who ask ‘whys Macbeth worried about legacy? Or ‘do you know whether that’s from the Latin …