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.

Mold And The Poison Plot by Lorraine Gregory… The review is on it’s way

Publication date: 4th May 2017 I have read and loved Mold, but as my After School Book Club are reviewing it for TES, I can't blog my review just yet... What I will say is this. Buy it, read it, love it. Mold is such a gem of a character, who has you routing for … Continue reading Mold And The Poison Plot by Lorraine Gregory… The review is on it’s way

My first #52BooksChallenge Top Picks

Back on January 1st, I decided to sign up to the Goodreads #52BooksChallenge. I do read a fair few books so that I can add them to my school bookshelf (if I haven't read them they don't go on), and 52 books, 1 a week, that's doable I thought. Roll the on the end of … Continue reading My first #52BooksChallenge Top Picks

What a great book! Pass the tissues please…

There are five books that have broken me in the last year or so. I have sat and sobbed, waterfalls from eyes, closed throat sobbing, and they're all ‘middle grade’ books. For anyone not familiar with the term that means Upper Key Stage 2 – Lower Key Stage 3, or 9 – 12 years old. … Continue reading What a great book! Pass the tissues please…