What if SATs were used to educate children?

This week, to an unsurprisingly tumultuous reception at the NEU conference, Jeremy Corbyn announced that a Labour government would scrap SATs and the new reception baseline tests.  Mr Corbyn, as is his want, didn’t have an alternative to announce, just vague comments about a more “flexible and practical” primary assessment structure. I thought I’d propose… Read More »

Two Week Easter Revision Calendar

We have a very strange Easter holiday period in Sheffield.  We break up today for two weeks and return before Easter for 4 days then have a long weekend.  I’m not complaining but obviously I need something to keep my Year 11 class ticking along over the 2 week break. I’ve therefore put together my… Read More »

One page shadow papers

I’m sure most schools are struggling with their budgets and photocopying can be a significant part of this – particularly when doing past papers with Year 11. I’m currently teaching a higher tier year 11 group and we are working through exam papers now that we have finished covering the specification.  Of course we are… Read More »

Will Streets – War Poet

My final story of men with links to Sheffield is about John William Streets – one of the lesser know War Poets. William – or Will as he was better known – was born in 1886 in Whitwell in North Derbyshire, the eldest of 12 children.  He was academically and artistically gifted and in a… Read More »

William Barnsley Allen VC MC DCM

In my fourth of five posts looking at men with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the First World War, I look at William Barnsley Allen – a VC winner, doctor and almost certainly a PTSD sufferer. William was born in 1892 in Ecclesall, Sheffield.  He attended St Cuthberts College – now Worksop College… Read More »

Arnold Loosemore VC DCM

Today the third of five posts telling a brief story of a man with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the carnage of the First World War as we approach the 100th anniversary of its end. Today, Arnold Loosemore, a VC winner who was treated shoddily by an ungrateful government. Arnold was born in 1896… Read More »