Some Of The Best Loved Inclusive Books For EYFS

Our Reception Manager asked me, if he was to start a shelf from scratch of inclusive books, what would I put on it. Many amazing covers floated through my head, but end of term tiredness meant that most of the titles and authors and illustrators had disappeared. So I took to twitter to help me … Continue reading Some Of The Best Loved Inclusive Books For EYFS

Primary Suitable Books I Will Share With #Pride

I tweeted that I had shared the wonderful Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate to our whole school. My request messages box filled with hate. Statements like, "You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near children," "You are doing the devil's work," "You are a child abuser," and other such hated fuelled nonsense streamed in to my request … Continue reading Primary Suitable Books I Will Share With #Pride

She was the wind beneath my wings.

On the 20th of December 2020, my life changed forever with one phone call. The phone call I've been silently dreading for a very long time. The one that meant I would never talk to me Mam again, hug me Mam again, brush her hair, hold her hand, talk rubbish with and tell her I … Continue reading She was the wind beneath my wings.

And she will be judged…

January 2020 The thing with working in education is that you will be judged. The obvious is SLT observations. As a teacher, it's a maximum of 3 hours each school year (barring specific circumstances). As a TA, it's as often as you find yourself supporting an observed teacher, with no regulation, because TAs aren't regarded … Continue reading And she will be judged…

Are You Happy?

So I tweeted this, deliberately late at night, thinking it would fly under the radar and disappear. It didn't, and to be honest I'm massively overwhelmed by the response. The outpouring of kindness and support has had me in tears, and I cannot put into words how comforting it is to know that there is … Continue reading Are You Happy?

Miss Cleveland Isn’t Reading (Very Much)…

Almost there - just one more get up, and then two weeks off to recharge the batteries. As half-terms go, this hasn’t been a good one. Not because of school, but because of personal issues. I was hoping half-term would be time for me, to look after myself, but life had other ideas. Every time … Continue reading Miss Cleveland Isn’t Reading (Very Much)…

When resilience runs out…

It’s been one of those weeks. Actually, it’s been one of those weeks for quite a while. Words like cancer and early onset have been used regularly. Words that are out of my control, things I can’t fix. There are things in school that have drained my reserves too. I will readily admit I’m not … Continue reading When resilience runs out…

If Carlsberg did Book Post, They Still Wouldn’t Beat Guy Bass!

5 books, 5 signed books arrived for our School Library today from Guy Bass. Thank you so much! This is what happened when I spotted who the sender was on the envelope... I was able to pull out the 12 children who had been inspired by his video on Authorfy, and spent Friday afternoons creating … Continue reading If Carlsberg did Book Post, They Still Wouldn’t Beat Guy Bass!

Lifelong and degenerative; I don’t accept it.

On the 22nd November 2009, I had an accident. It left me with a broken and dislocated coccyx. Five months off school and over a year of physiotherapy and acupuncture got me back to playing football at break times in my heels. I was, however, left with permanent pain. Usually just background noise that I … Continue reading Lifelong and degenerative; I don’t accept it.