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It’s the weekend!

Loving the tweets this week.

My favourite so far!!!!!

@Badheadteacher: Last year’s non- uniform day ended up in a sleepover for some of our staff.. http://t.co/y10l8JIZ5S

@JOHNSAYERS: This really made me laugh when I saw it doing the rounds on FB. It would be rude not to! http://t.co/jc5BVETP1K


@Badheadteacher: Our ‘have fun with Science’ session on Taster Day didn’t go entirely to plan.. http://t.co/bIzXSZptv4


@Badheadteacher: Our Head of Maths decided sacrifice was the only way to rally the NQTs and supply teachers.. http://t.co/tPZ4u8bDJ8

@Badheadteacher: Please don’t make me do the Ebacc..I want to dance.. http://t.co/BZEKV8qzvx



Via Geoff Barton Daily writing tips

Simon Finch @simfin Digitslly Confident Conference




@RealGeoffBarton: Disconcertingly attention-grabbing: “@Brilliant_Ads: Advert for Yahoo http://t.co/87ThSXUT04”

365 days in my shoes Day 333


It’s Friday. Three mORR weeks. Can’t believe where this term has gone.

TGIF God, it’s Friday. Thanks! = GIFT!



Lovely quiet weekend after an amazing week beforehand. So nice to spend time pottering and also having some down time.


Christmas production rehearsals well under way now. Kids are loving singing the Christmas songs.


Whole school worship in church today with Reverend Paul. The children were reminded about words, what we say and how we say things. Rev Paul invited one child to squeeze the entire contents of a tube of toothpaste onto a saucer and then asked if they could put it all back again.
When words come out of our mouths it is impossible to put them back, especially if they have hurtful or harmful. Any word can leave a footprint upon our memory and our heart.
An unkind word or a kind word said face to face between two people is only heard by those two people. Equally, words spoken online via social media can have the same effect but the footprint can never be erased even if the comment is deleted, the hurt and harm can be even greater as it can be viewed by a far greater group of people.
Think like the tube of toothpaste and be careful what you squeeze out of your mouths.

Ended the day catching up with my previous head teacher and another good friend, chatted, had a bit to eat and laughed.


Wednesday grammar quips, quirks, quotes and pics.
The palindrome – Today, Friday is 13.12.13!


I simply love selecting amazing blog posts to read for Thursday’s posting. So many fab ones from which to choose.



Today is Friday. In three weeks’ time we break up for Christmas. Today I have been in post 11 weeks. Where has the time gone? What have we done during my time as HT in school and what have I enabled us to achieve through effective leadership?

We are full on in the throes of Christmas. Listening to the children singing all over school is incredible. I love it.

Here’s to an amazing weekend. I can’t wait for Sunday as advent has to be one of my most favourite times of the year. December first also happens to fall on advent Sunday. I shall be putting up my Christmas decorations, adverts calendars and all things sparkly and glittery!

Bring on the weekend.


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So love the heel on today’s calendar pair of shoes!

Some great reading this week from ORRsome bloggers.

Your number one teaching asset via Ross McGill @teachertoolkit

Chris Hildrew Level 6 and Progress 8

How to sabotage your own policy via Andrew Old

Connoisseurs of learning via Oliver Quinlan

Chris Curtis – why don’t they remember things?

Posts move. Goals don’t. Stephen Tierney

Andrew Cowley on SLTcamp

4 reasons to join a twitter hashtag via Edudemic

Tom Sherrington Defining the butterfly

Via @PrepSchHead Aspiring leaders…..

Has lesson observation become the new brain gym via David Didau @learningspy

365 days in my shoes Day 331


Midweek grammar quips, quirks, quotes and pics!

The palindrome!

Kids often love the word play when words such as ‘madam’ spell the same forwards and backwards.

There are amazing phrases and sentences out there too.

Some quite a lot of nonsense but still fun and strangely clever.

Don’t nod
Dogma: I am God
Never odd or even
Too bad – I hid a boot


Rats live on no evil star
No trace; not one carton
Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?
Murder for a jar of red rum


May a moody baby doom a yam?
Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog!
A Toyota! Race fast… safe car: a Toyota


Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Doc Note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod
No, it never propagates if I set a gap or prevention
Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna


Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
Some men interpret nine memos
Campus Motto: Bottoms up, Mac
Go deliver a dare, vile dog!


Madam, in Eden I’m Adam
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Do geese see God?
God saw I was dog
Dennis sinned


365 days in my shoes Day 330


This post has arisen from a series of tweets which really tickled my fancy.

Mocksted, Micksted, Poxsted, OFSOD, CoughSTED!

Have you got the O-Factor?

What about Offstedders?


20 things you won’t hear an OFSTED inspector say:

‘I blame the parents.’

‘Who needs objectives anyway?’

‘Oh, I wish I was still a class teacher.’

‘Frankly, you are working far too hard.’

‘Try to do your marking with a little more pace.’

‘Is your Headteacher always that stupid?’

‘You run an after-school club and don’t get paid for it? That’s a disgrace!’

‘I was never much of a teacher myself.’

‘Let me take the lesson to show you what I mean.’

‘Come on folks, grab a clipboard – inspect me!!’

‘Well, I can see I’m not needed here.’

‘Hello children, I’m your teacher’s little helper!’

‘Let me take you all to the pub and buy you lunch.’

‘Give me two minutes and I’ll have my PE kit on.’

‘I’m going to propose that your senior management team be publicly tortured.’

‘I shall be helping the caretaker clean the toilets if anybody wants me.’

‘Anybody want a coffee?’

‘If you do what I suggest and still fail, I’ll resign.’

‘It’s who you know, not what you know.’

‘Just forget the plenary. They’re not bloody listening anyway.’


If… well, almost

If you can please your head when all about you
Are losing files and blaming it on you;
If you can dust your shelves while others shout,
But make allowance for their shouting too;
If you can backdate the paperwork that’s waiting,
And lie when asked if you should improvise,
And don’t be late, ‘cause they’ll be waiting,
To make you look no good and less than wise.

If you can scream but make it sound like laughter;
If you can drink yet clarify your aims;
If you can give them all the bumph they’re after,
Whilst still you treat each one with just disdain;
If you can bear to see the crap you’ve mumbled
Twisted by fools to make a trap for you,
Or watch the posters that adorn your classroom crumpled,
And stoop and patch them up with worn out glue.

If you can make one heap of all your records,
And risk that they will only scan the top,
And fail, because they take one from the middle,
Then gather them and burn the bloody lot;
If you can find your schemes of work, your planning file and your assessments,
And put them on display until they’ve gone,
And hope that they won’t spot there’s nothing in them,
Except some made-up notes set out all wrong.

If you can talk to kids as though they like you,
And let their parents think you have the magic touch;
If neither forms nor teacher grades can hurt you;
If all the staff believe you’ve done too much.
If you can fill the uninspected minute,
With Sixty seconds worth of secret fun
Yours is the report and everything that’s in it.
And – for twelve more months – you can relax my son.


The Paperwork Stuff

The Ofsted team
Are arriving soon
Singing their old
Familiar tune

“Hand over your policies!”
They’ll sternly demand
“We can never get enough
Of the paperwork stuff”

“Let’s have your poly drugs
And your poly first aid
We expect each one
To be tailor made”

“We want a policy for this
And a policy for that
By the way Dr. Ash
Do you happen to have one
For your black and white cat?”

“We want bullying, behaviour
And child protection too
Special Needs, race relations
And equal opportunities
To name but just a few”

Their appetites
Have now been whetted
And there’s plenty still
Needing to be vetted

“We want more and more”
They roar
“You see we simply can’t get enough
Of the paperwork stuff!”


Now they have
Just about everything
From years of reports
To timetabling
Info from the CRB
Details of each IEP
The syllabus
And the action plus
Lists of those with SEN
And a chance to practise
With an epipen
Self evaluations
And qualifications
Early years
And those all important

Surely by now
They’ll be tired and feeling rough
Having sifted through piles
Of the paper work stuff

But to everyone’s surprise
They still have bright eyes
Ready for the next section
The dreaded classroom inspection

“Now children
You mustn’t forget
When he comes in
Please don’t make a din
Can’t you tell
Your teacher’s not well?

“I’ve been feeling quite sick
All of this week
Every night unable to sleep
There’s no doubt about it
This business with Ofsted
Has given me a terrible head.”

Now it was time
And through the door
Prowled the visitor
There wasn’t a sound
As he padded around

He sniffed the air
And meticulously scrutinised everywhere
But then he came to a sudden stop
As he felt his eyes start to pop

What was it he saw
On the classroom floor?
“Give that to me!”
He roared

The teacher then gave him
Several very large piles
Bursting at the seams
With folders and files

“Who owns this lot?”
He grimly enquired
“Don’t you see?”
The teacher said
“They all belong to ME!”

We are the Ofsted team
Of paperwork we constantly dream
Give us more and more
We implore
We simply can’t get enough
Of the paperwork stuff

At last he’s found
What he’s been searching for
So now he heads
Straight for the door

He finds himself
A quiet place
In which to savour
A very fine taste

You see he’s
One of the Ofsted team
Of paperwork they constantly dream
Give us more and more
They implore
They simply can’t get enough
Of the paperwork stuff.
(P. Ash 2004)


365 days in my shoes Day 329


It’s Monday!


Happiness is always a winner.



Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.

Don’t worry too much about people who don’t worry about you.
Know your worth! When you give yourself to someone who doesn’t respect you, you surrender pieces of your soul that you’ll never get back.

Sometimes you’ve got to emotionally let go of the things that once meant a lot to you, so you can move beyond the past and the pains they bring you, and open the next chapter in your life.
If you want to get over a problem, stop mulling it over and talking about it. Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind. It’s nearly impossible to move beyond something when you’re obsessing over it.


If it is detrimental to you emotionally, physically and spiritually, what choice do you have but to let go and flourish with self-respect.

Saying goodbye is one of the most painful ways to solve a problem. But sometimes it’s necessary.

Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt.


Stop looking at what you have lost, so you can see what you have.

Someone else is happy with far less than what you have.
Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.

Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never even came close.


In life, you get what you put in. Everything comes back around.
You can never change the past nor control the future, but you can change the mood of the day by touching someone’s heart with your smile.

The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.


It’s nice to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s also important to make sure you haven’t lost track of the things that money can’t buy.

You don’t need a lot of money to lead a rich life. Good friends and a loving family are worth their weight in gold.

You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else. Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.


You won’t always be punished FOR your anger, but you will always be punished BY your anger.

Give yourself permission to immediately walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes. There is no need to explain or make sense of it. Just trust what you feel.

One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.


As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.

Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet.
It hurts the most when you start pretending it doesn’t.

You are responsible for how you feel no matter what someone does to you. Remember, you are always in control of your thoughts so choose to feel confident and adequate rather than angry and insecure.


Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is as important as being kind to others.

Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while you’re still alive.

Only when we begin to be awake do we realise just how asleep we have been.


You are always free to do something that makes you smile.
You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your life’s story for you.

Don’t be afraid of change. Oftentimes you will lose something good, and then gain something even better.

Worry is a massive waste of time and energy. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is steal your joy and hinder your ability to make positive changes.


If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.

In life, you usually get what you ask for and it rarely comes in the package you think it’s supposed to come in.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Life does NOT have to be perfect to be wonderful.


You look the best when you wear your smile. There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside you.

Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.

The time spent on hating is the time lost for living a peaceful, happy life. It is a habit that controls what you see, what you say, what you do, and ultimately what you become.



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It’s Sunday.

Have you found any exciting resources this week?

Children are grouped by month and they are holding a card with the number of the day written on it.

Job chart for the 21st century iHelp

SATs papers and GCSE papers to download

Playing card holders for little hands

Gift of number

Lower and upper case letter matching – pegs have lower case on




50 great ideas for any classroom