Women Ed – Part II | Mrs C Spalding

Women Ed – Part II | Mrs C Spalding

Many moons ago, when WomenEd was but a spark being kindled into being by its founders, I wrote a blog post that started with a plea to “the wonderful women involved in Women Ed”:

I’d love to be involved too. But let’s get serious. Let’s stop talking about wearing heels to work. Let’s stop using sassy pop references. Let’s talk about the fact that boys are underachieving as well as the appalling lack of female Head teachers. Let’s make this a real gender debate.

Fast forward two years and I’ve just spent my Saturday at my second Women Ed event and I can happily report that – despite one Take…

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On stickability and completing a year as a Senior Leader | Mrs C Spalding

On stickability and completing a year as a Senior Leader | Mrs C Spalding

This year has been my first as a member of a Senior Leadership Team. I don’t blog much anymore but I’ve managed to signpost it with blogs at the start, in the middle, and now this one at the end.

I’m proud to say the year is ending with a move to a new school as Assistant Headteacher. But it hasn’t all been success and there’s a deep sense of sadness that I’m leaving my school with the oxymoronic Ofsted judgement of a ‘Good’ Sixth Form and ‘Inadequate’ overall.

Looking at my blog written in February there’s a heart-wrenching naivety in the line I wrote in regards to the English Faculty…

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Teaching ideas: what has worked for me recently? | Mrs C Spalding

Teaching ideas: what has worked for me recently? | Mrs C Spalding

I’ve been pretty rubbish at blogging about practical teaching strategies for a while now. Perhaps it’s my new role this year or starting to write for TES, but squeezing blog writing into my schedule has become a bit of an impossible task. Luckily, the seconds it takes to quickly take a photo and write a tweet has meant I haven’t stopped documenting much of what works in my classroom.
For a while I’ve been meaning to pull all of this together so that people can find it without having to try to navigate the search function on Twitter. Finally, thanks to the joys of the bank holiday I’ve done…

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Sage and student: mid-way through a year as a member of SLT | Mrs C Spalding

Sage and student: mid-way through a year as a member of SLT | Mrs C Spalding

It’s February half term, that most emblematic of school holidays. It signals to teachers up and down our fair land that the crucial halfway point has been breached. From here on out, days will lengthen, but exam pressure will correlatively increase.

For me, this week marks midway between the start and end of my SLT secondment: the perfect time to update the post I wrote just four weeks in.

As Director of English and Associate Senior Leader, having a foot in both camps hasn’t always been a comfortable straddling. I’ve royally cocked up by stepping on our wonderful HoD’s toes more than once…

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Nurture 2016/17 | Mrs C Spalding

Nurture 2016/17 | Mrs C Spalding

Three positives for 2016
1. Our GCSE results improved. 
This one of course needs couching with ‘They’re still not good enough’, but for once I felt like the improvements I’ve seen in my school over the last five years were borne out be external verification.

2. I become part of the Senior Leadership team.
And it was ace. Honestly, being challenged in totally new and different ways has renewed my absolute love of this daft job. I sincerely hope I can do my school and Head teacher proud in this role as we face Ofsted in the next term. 

3. I started to write for TES.
To echo @Positivateach, I…

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Can you become nicer? | Mrs C Spalding

Can you become nicer? | Mrs C Spalding

I’m going to let you into a secret: I’m not a very nice person.

Now, before you start with platitudes and denials, let me elaborate a little. Firstly, I am incredibly lazy. There is not a single shred of me that would rather get up on a Sunday to mark students work than stay in bed. On break duty, I’d much rather mill around the central courtyard than pace the corridors and my gym kit has wallowed for the last three weeks in the passenger seat of my car (and yet I will loudly tell anyone who listens I’m a devotee of yoga).

But, it gets worse. When I’m tired, I’m mardy*, with my best mates…

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Getting into the Groove – 4 weeks into a year as a member of SLT | Mrs C Spalding

Getting into the Groove – 4 weeks into a year as a member of SLT | Mrs C Spalding

Every teacher knows that in each academic year their week will develop a distinct rhythm.
Perhaps your PPA is clustered on one day – a time of valued coffee breaks and essential catch-ups with colleagues over your marking – whilst on another you might find *that* troublesome Year 9 group follows your ‘interesting’ Year 11s. Add in a morning briefing, break duty, and lunchtime detentions and there are certain days you know you just have to get through.

After ten years, I’ve become used to the rise and fall of the teaching week. With five years as HoD under my belt, I’d also become relatively…

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