Affirmation. But from whom?

Affirmation: Definition. a declaration that something is true. We all appreciate affirmation from others. Confirmation that what we are doing is correct. Reassurance that we are on the right track. It helps our self-confidence, builds our motivation and allows us to take pride in our achievements. In education, it isn’t just pupils who appreciate thisContinue reading “Affirmation. But from whom?”

Why high expectations alone are not enough…

Expectations. Noun. Plural a belief that someone will or should achieve something. As teachers, it’s easy to say we have high expectations. High expectations of behaviour. High expectations of uniform. High expectations of attainment. But what do we mean by this? And is it really enough? This blog explores how we can maximise the impactContinue reading “Why high expectations alone are not enough…”

The elephant in the room

Assessment: the process of considering all the information about a situation or a person and making a judgement: Mention that word to any teacher or student, and it creates a whole host of opinions, thoughts and ideologies. Even more so after the past two years of exam disruption. It’s no wonder that it is aContinue reading “The elephant in the room”

Togetherness #MonthlyWritingChallenge

What do these things have in common? A seesaw. A conversation. A hug. Any ideas? ‘I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.’ Mother Theresa There are some things in life we can’t do on our own. A seesaw isn’t much fun without someone thereContinue reading “Togetherness #MonthlyWritingChallenge”


As teachers of art and design, I think modelling is one of our real collective strengths. Not because of our good looks and catwalk prowess(!) but because like other practical subjects, it’s really important for pupils to see techniques demonstrated by an expert in order that they can learn and master these themselves. So thisContinue reading “Modelling”

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