Country grammar

What a year of sport it has been? One of my favourite sporting events taking place this month sees what many gym goers would describe as archetypal physique compete against each other. Yes! Mr...

Transfer Window

If you don’t like football, there is probably something wrong with you. You may not be wowed by the aesthetics or marvel at the athleticism, but the politics involved is truly intriguing. The hype...

Oxytocin

When my wife was passing her due date when pregnant with our first child, we visited the doctor and the nurse said to me: ‘Now it’s your job!’ I thought I’d done my bit! But, she was...

Premium for our pupils

I’ve started giving my 6-year-old pocket money. We make her work for it, to help her understand the value of money. The value of money? What does that even mean? Doesn’t the value of currency...

Effort vs Outcome

    Fardeen is spoilt. Father Christmas will need to do two trips to drop off all his gifts. Fardeen is a praise junkie, and his family are the pushers. When he does well his family give...

Burnout

        George Burns said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”. I am getting closer to getting old day by day. Let me explain. When I first...

On the Navy

John Henrik Clarke said, “A good teacher… must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” This is true, but how do you keep everyone’s attention? I can entertain, use my...

Leave Study Leave

It’s the final run up to summer. The amount of funk coming from the boys’ PE changing rooms would make James Brown jealous. The local ice cream van is a permanent fixture on the high street come...

Tough on black kids

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United State of America and he penned the Declaration of Independence. Helluva a guy? He also thought that black people sleep more because their brains...

The Harder They Fall

I don’t like to shatter children’s dreams but I do have a responsibility to give them the truth. I asked my GCSE class: “If you trained harder than Usain Bolt, could you be as fast as him?” ...

Quashing Stereotypes

I had a student start school, an athletic Portuguese boy, who plays football. The boy said he was a good player, his mum said he was a good player and he has the typical swagger of a football player....

Let’s get physical

  My year 10 basketball team are one of the best in the borough.  Last year they lost all of their games, badly.  The difference this year is their work ethic- they work hard with complete...

Lets talk about SEX

My tutor group had their sexual health visitors this week.  I was with the boys, which is always interesting as it’s usually a combination of students having genuine questions which they are brave...

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