10 ways to fix the world

Like many of my friends and acquaintances I have been shocked, saddened and frankly scared witless by the results of both the Brexit vote and the U.S Presidential election this year. I've joined in with the outrage on facebook and I've allowed myself to (mentally at least) castigate those who voted for the options that … Continue reading 10 ways to fix the world

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Why education funding needs more ‘noise’ than it gets

There are so many things to get upset about these days that for the majority of us education and the funding thereof just has to get in line. Indeed, unless you’re directly affected by the trends occurring in education, either from a professional point of view or as a concerned parent, it’s easy to mentally … Continue reading Why education funding needs more ‘noise’ than it gets

For the girl in Oxford who was kidnapped and raped on her way to school last week

My poor, darling girl. Your innocence has been ripped away from you; your sense of security a thing of yesterday. Your trust of people, and men in particular, crushed thin as gold leaf. The sun rose that day on a happy, normal, 14-year-old girl and set on a girl who has seen and experienced the very … Continue reading For the girl in Oxford who was kidnapped and raped on her way to school last week

You know you’re REALLY poorly (and a woman, and British) when…

1) Everything makes you well up. Like a Building Society ad or a local news story about a dog who rescued a budgie. Mr Tumble will have you weeping uncontrollably. 2) You’re approaching 40, have children of your own, and the ONLY thing you want is your mum and dad to make a fuss of … Continue reading You know you’re REALLY poorly (and a woman, and British) when…

What I’ve learned about making your own pizza dough

1) Don’t. Buy ready-made bases, packet-mixes, experiment with alternative bread-bases such as focaccia, pitta and slices of baguette – whatever you will. But for the love of all that is good stay clear of making pizza bases from scratch. 2) If, in spite of the above, you still feel a burning desire to attempt your … Continue reading What I’ve learned about making your own pizza dough

Rant about Micky G

I have had cause many times over the past months to gasp in shocked awe at our Education Secretary’s offensive asseverations when talking about his enemies. From describing senior head-teachers and educational experts who oppose his views as ‘the blob’, to lashing out at the Lib Dems branding them ‘pathetic’, Gove’s rhetoric often seems more … Continue reading Rant about Micky G

Why the mum in me supports the baseline assessment

While the new curriculum undoubtedly presents both challenges and opportunities, as a parent, one of the changes that most interests me is the abandonment of the old NC levels and the new baseline assessment for Reception children. When I was pregnant with my son I remember being utterly astonished by the number of people who … Continue reading Why the mum in me supports the baseline assessment