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#nurture1314 – Living and Learning

Love Learning by Debra Kidd

I was reluctant to write for #nurture1314 in case I ended up producing one of those posts that reads like a smug round-robin Christmas Card – all I need to do is plop a picture of my adorable kids on the front and you can all vomit away. It’s been quite a year. Last year I did not use twitter. I didn’t blog and I didn’t know most of the people who will read this post. I was pretty much the same person, but instead of venting into cyberspace, I howled like Lear into the ear of my endlessly suffering husband. I suspect he’s quite glad I found twitter. So here goes…

Thirteen for 13

1. My new piano was delivered today. I learned when I was young, unlearned as I aged and promised myself that one day I’d relearn. The day has come.

2. I passed my doctorate. I…

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A year with cancer #nurture1314 @imagineinquiry

I’ve thought about writing this blog for a long time. Much of it concerns events that are very personal and not something I have discussed openly on Twitter. I decided very early on I would keep that part of my life off my timeline and not write about it in blogs. For that reason I’m not publishing this on either or

I’m still not really sure what the point is of writing it, but recently I’ve been reading the #nurture1314 blogs and they have made me reassess and reflect on my year and what happened to me. Maybe some people who read it might find it of interest and others, who find themselves at some point going through similar experiences, might find it helpful and informative. Anyhow, here it is.

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Primary Ramblings

I’ve read so many inspiring and interesting #nurture1314 posts over the past few days; I thought I’d give it a go. It seems like a good way to start a blog, although I’m not sure I can begin to compare with some of the achievements and successes I’ve read on other blogs.

13 reflections on 2013

1. My lovely (and very tall) son managed to get himself good enough GCSE grades to do his chosen subjects at Sixth Form. This is all down to him, although I like to think my sporadic nagging had a little impact. I just hope he’s learned that a little hard work pays off and translates a “little hard work” into a “bit more hard work” for the next two years to get even better AS and A level results. I need to dedicate more time to helping him see that, and showing him how…

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Nurture 13/14

the primary head's blog

I just read a tweet wondering about the educational validity of the #nurture1314 blog project. There is a chance that they read like those Christmas cards you get from family friends who feel the need to update on their brood’s achievements over the year: Tom has just achieved grade 1 on the violin, Emily has won a scholarship to Oxford and Tony’s divorce has just come through…that sort of thing. Now I can’t promise that mine will be any more enlightening or interesting but it gives me something to do while Downton is on.


  1. Ofsted: we got well and truly done. Not done over but it was tough. Having been in the job for 20 weeks in a school where I was the fourth head teacher in five years and where this previous instability had caused massive stagnation (not making excuses Inspector Ma’am) I knew it was never going…

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It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas

School Direct Trainee Blog

Having completed my first block practice and got to the other side, I now know I can teach – it’s just a matter of getting better at it (a process which will probably be ongoing for the next five years or so…).  It has been a relief to shift from being observer to practitioner, and get past those first nerves of standing in front of a class.

I’ve had the chance to plan a couple of one-off lessons, about Remembrance Day and the World Cup, which I’ve really enjoyed.  I’m looking forward to getting more involved in planning as the training progresses.  Even when you have a lesson plan provided, there’s still a creative process of thinking through how it will work in practice, anticipating what might be tricky or engaging.  When a lesson is going well, it is lovely to be able to respond to the class and make…

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Better late than never!

The Honest Teacher

I’ve already ended up doing what I said I wouldn’t…losing track of my blog!

To be fair, it has been a crazy few months, but I’m still annoyed I haven’t managed to keep some sort of update on what’s been happening. Still, lesson learnt for next term!

What has been happening? Too much that people will want to read, so I’m going to squash nearly two month’s worth of “stuff” into a reasonably short post.

Since my last post the most significant thing I’ve done is definitely my first teaching placement! Spending two weeks in school certainly brings it home what being a teacher is really like. It’s very easy to get caught up in assignments and essays whilst in Uni and almost forget why you’re doing the work you are. Going out on placement really reminds you! 

I was in a Year 1 class which I was pleased with…

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