• 5 ways in which starting secondary school is like visiting a theme park.

    We all know that starting secondary school is a big deal.  Every 11 year old worth their salt has heard the talk about moving from being ‘a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond’ and felt themselves quake a little at the knee at the thought of jumping into that ‘big pond'.  Across thousands of households in the UK, the summer holiday before starting ‘big school’ was a frenzy of preparations for the increased responsibilities of secondary school life and those last few days of August were a hotbed of anxiety and anticipation. Over the last 7 weeks, all our newly hatched secondary school students have been finding their feet in a terrifying new world.   In our household, it has been a time of oscillating emotions and momentous breakthroughs and half-term really couldn’t have been any more welcome.  In short, it’s been a....
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  • Sibling Rivalry

    My children argue.  Like many other sibling pairs, they will argue about anything and everything. In between times, they like to shock me by playing beautifully together and appearing to....
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  • Time to be.

    I love my job as a teacher: it's engaging, challenging and often fun.....but it's simultaneously exhausting and all-consuming and, when you add in the rush and noise of family life,....
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  • Getting it right (sometimes).

    The summer holidays are now in full swing and our family have been busy filling our days with activity.  Of course the sound of my children moaning, arguing, complaining and....
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  • Casual sexism: why fight it?

    I am a big fan of humanity. I love nothing more than watching documentaries or news items which demonstrate the human capacity for kindness, generosity and empathy: they fill me....
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  • What a difference a year makes

    I have been slightly off Facebook recently (having deleted the app off my phone in a half-hearted Lenten attempt to reduce my phone use) and thus, it was only this....
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