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August 11, 2011


“Harumpf.” “There he goes again. He’ll wake the girls,” Camille muttered to herself. He hadn’t woken her of course. She hadn’t slept a full eight hours in weeks. Not since she had gone. Bracing herself, Camille padded along the hall. Gingerly, she made her way downstairs, pausing to take in her reflection in the large […]

Going, going…

August 2, 2011


What had she done? With chalk white knuckles, Muriel clung onto the steering wheel like she was on a rollercoaster ride about to take an untoward bend. She was hurtling off the rails with alarming speed. A ripple of panic lasered through her core, slicing her in half. Lily and Beth. Her girls, her brood. Would […]

Strawberry Dream

July 27, 2011


Lily picked at the chipped nail polish on her little toes anxiously. Strawberry Dream, a sickly pink with glitter, but this was anything but a dream. She hoped, when she was older, it would fade in her memory and become something that resembled one. Shuffling silently on her bottom, she moved down the landing. The wailing […]

Going ‘green’: rating your effort

June 11, 2011


During an AfL session on a recent CPD course, a simple idea was put to us. If you have an ‘in’ tray where children stick written work/books that need to be marked, think about having three such trays instead. Make one red, one orange and one green and get children to put their work into […]

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To score or not to score?

May 22, 2011


Last week, I went  on the second part of a course at the National Science Learning Centre in York about extending gifted and more able students in science. Over both residential periods there were many thought provoking moments, but one of the most interesting sessions for me was about assessment and feedback. As teachers, how […]

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