About me

First of all, thanks for visiting; I hope this blog sows the seeds of further thought and discussion. If I get too pompous, or if the language gets too convoluted and flowery, please tell me.

I am a teacher who cares deeply about the children I teach and I am a fan of traditional education and its methods. I’d like children to have choices in life and to enjoy intellectual pursuit for its own sake. I’m following these educational establishments, publications and people: WLFS, Wilshaw, Gove, Michaela Community School, Andrew Old, David Didau, Hattie, ED Hirsch, Campaign for Real Education and the Reading Reform Foundation.

Charity of choice: Shelter


4 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi, I agree with so much of what you say here.

    I run classes in English comprehension and composition and believe nearly all our children could be level 6 type writers in Y6 if only the requisite skills were explicitly taught. Speaking to teachers in the UK many believe that writing skills should really be picked up by osmosis if a child is naturally clever enough. If a child is not deemed able enough it’s felt it’s wrong to take them beyond their set limit.

    We are setting up our own enrichment groups aiming at championing a traditional approach (think classical children’s literature read in class and worked through from start to finish for KS2). We want to teach children there’s a joy in an academic approach, cultivate a real work ethic and preserve what we feel is being lost due to a child led and progressive pedagogy.

    I’d love to hear from you.



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