Category Archives: opinion

“My students hate me, and I’m a failure of a teacher”

…is a phrase I’ve heard worryingly, reassuringly (it’s not just me!), often. As teachers, we often enter a mental and emotional state where we desperately need someone to say to us: You’re a good teacher; you run great lessons; you teach well. …but it has little or no meaning when coming from an adult. The

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Do these new @educationgovuk exams test the children, or test the teaching?

Another year, another government announces more compulsory exams for young children – enforced testing of timestables for children leaving Primary. I detest exams. Not because I was bad at them – I won scholarships, I got into a top University, and graduated with little effort. But exams frustrated and annoyed me; I felt from the

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