Should we ban mobile phones in schools?

Mobile phones today are an ever present part of the world, and ever increasingly in our schools.  Mobile phones have advantages such as safety, but also open a gateway to distraction and arguments. Late last year, the French Government announced it's intention to ban students from using mobile phones in schools.  The ban has been … Continue reading Should we ban mobile phones in schools?

To Be Decided: Back To The College Routine

Hey everyone, welcome to the TBD! Now that the holidays have been and gone we're back to our normal routine for the column. So, what I'm going to make this weeks column about is the daily grind of college. I know all of us have a different view and a different kind of routine at … Continue reading To Be Decided: Back To The College Routine

Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife

This is a reblog with some great insights for international students considering studying the UK. In the United Kingdom (UK), there is a sustainable environment in which the success rate for an international student is always high when compared to other European countries such as Germany, France and Italy. There is always an element of … Continue reading Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife

Teachers! The Guardian Newspaper Needs Your Help!

2017 has been a challenging year in almost every sphere of life, and teaching is no different.  From budgets to policy, teachers have seen more than their fair share of challenges.  With that in mind, the Guardian newspaper are asking for the lessons you as teachers have learnt this year. "Whatever it is, we’d like … Continue reading Teachers! The Guardian Newspaper Needs Your Help!

To Be Decided: Music!

Hello and welcome to the TBD the column!  It involves me talking about anything relevant to students all over, today that's going to take us in a different direction.  We'll be talking about something that every student can relate to and that's music! So of course music means more and less to different to people.  … Continue reading To Be Decided: Music!

An End To Rote Learning?

This is what Dr Ashok Jansari, a cognitive neuropsychologist at Goldsmiths University is suggesting.  Dr Jansari states that pupils do not retain well what they have learned by rote.  Instead he recommends that students use the information immediately. In what has been called the "testing effect", testing students immediately after learning something has been shown … Continue reading An End To Rote Learning?

To Be Decided: Deadlines

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the newest TBD.  Today we will be exploring the fun element of being a student that is dead line (that was an attempt at sarcasm). Anyway, deadlines they are something that every student has to deal with unfortunately.  It is a necessary evil if you do want to get graded at … Continue reading To Be Decided: Deadlines


20 years a teacher

On Thursday night I presented at the Specialist School and Academies Trust (#SSATNC14) Teachmeet. The theme of my 5 minute presentation was on the issue of staff well-being. This was a mini version of the presentation Mark Healy (@cijane02) was due to present at David Fawcett (@davidfawcett27) and Jen Lud’s (@MissJLud) TLT14, which myself and Tania Harding (@taniaf77) delivered on his behalf.


It is an idea I have returned to this half term (at our TLT14 tea party last week) which links to my theory that a happy staff equals happy students.

Simple but who knows!

I often wonder if the job of leadership is to look after the staff. The teachers you have in the building. The ones who look after your students. It appears as though the recruitment crisis will (is) start(ing) to bite sooner rather than later. If we continue to…

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To Be Decided: Determination

Time for the TBD!  Your favourite rant about college and school (probably not anyone's actual favourite).  Anyway, in this column I'm going to be covering the subject of staying determined and being focused on your goals. So a lot of us set out to do important stuff and forget or loose focus on how important … Continue reading To Be Decided: Determination

To Be Decided: Social Media In Schools

Hello everyone and welcome to TBD!  This week I'm going to talk about social media and it's huge effect not just on students but education as a whole. Social media is one of those things that I think we all take for granted.  Sometimes we don't appreciate that we can just message a group on … Continue reading To Be Decided: Social Media In Schools