Filmclub – bringing the power of cinema into your classroom

More and more teachers are hearing about Filmclub now they have been distributing promotional material in the TES and Teachers magazine.  I found out about it by chance and can thoroughly recommend it to others. As part of the sign-up process you are asked to attend a short induction session.  Whilst the content of this …

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Health and Safety – whatever happened to common sense? (Local authority advice)

I was forwarded a copy of the email sent to site managers/heads across my local authority.   It seems we live in an age when no-one can take risks, and common sense cannot be left to the individual. These are some of the pearls of wisdom offered to site managers and heads: Details should be drawn …

Examination fees – really a good use of public money?

Image © ccarlstead @ Flickr CC BY 2.0 I work in a special school, with a small number of pupils.  This means we enter a relatively small number of pupils for examinations etc.  Earlier in the year my bursar came to find me with an invoice for well over £1000.  “Is this yours?” she asked …

It’s teacher bashing time

Image © Rob Gould @ Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 As snow falls across the country, schools have closed for a variety of reasons.  Frustrated parents are quick to blame the teachers (we all need a scapegoat) and discussion forums fill up with comments about lazy teachers.  Too soon the conversation changes from “why can’t they …