June 2017

Sooooooo ….

June 22nd, 2017|Blog, Personal|

At about 8:30 this evening my conversation on the phone with my hubbie went a little like this: Me: Hiya. I'm on the last leg of my train journey - should get in to Brum just after 9. Good day? Him: Yep. You? (he's not a phone person!) Me: Yeah. [...]

April 2017

Countdown “T minus 25”

April 30th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Personal|

I've joked from the very introduction of the new GCSE that I wanted to sit the exam with the year 11 group that would be sitting it for the very first time ... well .. I've only gone and flipping entered! The idea is not to prove that I can [...]

October 2016


October 27th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

A few weeks ago I had a phone call to say that a parcel had arrived for me in reception. I'd thought it was just something my hubbie had ordered from eBay and could wait - the new beard trimmer he had ordered a week or so before (that we [...]

September 2016

Year 7 Resits – Calling all bloggers!

September 29th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Personal, Uncategorized|

Whilst we are waiting for the promised consultation on the year 7 resits (now being called progress tests!) I am going to try to persuade as many "bloggers" (I still don’t consider myself one of those ... I'm a teacher!) as I can, to write a blog post (or should [...]

August 2016

Another year …

August 23rd, 2016|Personal|

I can't sleep. I had all these grand ideas about being able to do a blog post a day but I have slipped easily into "normal" life and spent lots of time doing things that I don't have time to do in term time. To be honest I've tried to [...]

July 2016

Thought I’d share

July 31st, 2016|Blog, Personal|

So it's Sunday morning and I've had a lie in but it appears that my god-kids have been up doing some maths this morning. My god-son Vinnie was up at 8 am and his sister Madison ploughed in after breakfast and there was some much-needed golden silence in their household [...]

Blogging and Twitter

July 24th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

In October 2014 I wrote a post about why I blog and tweet (I still don't know what makes a good or a bad blog post by the way!) and then in Feb 2015 I wrote my "idiots guide to Twitter". I suppose the point of this post is to [...]

A reminder

July 23rd, 2016|Blog, Personal, Teaching|

Today has been the first time in a few years where we haven't been saying goodbye to someone in the team or saying our own farewells on the last day of term - the department is stable and we have no one leaving either. I know this isn't the case [...]

December 2015

Yay! Term 1 done.

December 21st, 2015|Blog, Personal|

Yay. We made it. Term one is done and dusted but what a term it has been! The academic year started with the school where we moved to last September expecting a visit from Osfted – as a school that “requires improvement” already being an academy if they didn’t like [...]