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So a year has passed since I wrote my Nurture 13.14 post
You’ll be pleased and relieved I am not going to go through each of my 14 pledges for 2014 one by one – identifying 5 successes of the year and 4 wishes for 2015 shall suffice I feel……………..

What of 2014 then?

I set up my WordPress account a year ago. My nurture 13/14 was my first blog and one of the challenges I set myself was to blog some more on a range of issues during 2014. I have been overwhelmed and really appreciated the positive responses and support I have had to all of the blogs I have written. I am not a prolific blogger but I do enjoy writing and I am really glad that others appear to have enjoyed reading. Thank you!

I had set myself a few work related…

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Wellbeing #teacher5aday


The lovely Chris Chivers has reminded me that I haven’t blogged for this yet so I’d better hurry up ! The new year is nearly upon us!

I have blogged before on well-being and was honoured to have it picked up by Teacher Toolkit in his August round-up! Interestingly my HT has just asked me to co ordinate staff well-being and I plan to introduce this concept at our first staff meeting; you can’t function in a school like ours without it!
It will be interesting to see how staff react to it…..we are a close – knit team ….but without breaching confidentiality I can only say we have taken a bit of a battering over the last few months and there is a lot of work to be done ( I will say this is NOT about management; suffice to say the HT and myself have been put under…

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#teacher5aday My Contribution


The wonderful @MartynReah has launched the #teacher5aday initiative recently and everyone is joining in. There are some wonderful posts on twitter on the topic. Please treat yourselves by looking at Martyn’s blog and reading them. I am late to this party but have decided to take the plunge and join in.

Martyn is doing the most marvellous job of encouraging everyone to think about teacher well being. Happy teachers equals happy children. Well done Martyn, it is a great initiative. I’ve held off for so long because I am one of those people who works stupid amounts of hours. I know many people reading this do too and we shouldn’t let SMW tell us any different. I find myself answering emails at all hours of the day and night. I have my phone set up so that emails land straight in my pocket, there is no escape! I must add…

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Nurture 1415


This is my first blog on my new hudl tablet! Yay! Hope this is a good omen for 2015!
I have just read some fabulous blogs on this theme from Chris and Sue and Jonny and Cheryl and more……and it struck me what a diverse and marvellous group of people grace twitter with elegance, humour, and individuality! Not only that but a love of children in all their guises shines through in a myriad of blogs and tweets….these are educators and human beings who care and then share! None of us are perfect but being passionate about  educating children, even those on the fringes, is a worthy calling and we should be proud of that!

This time last year I was not on twitter. Months before I had created a handle and an avatar but that was all. I tweeted once I think. At this time I didn’t realise its…

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#Nurture 1415


I’m not one to share personal experiences, either on or off-line, but having read Mark Healy’s Nurture 1415 post (which in turn prompted me to read a few others) I have decided to break the habitRiver and offer some reflections on the past year and hopes for 2015. It’s certainly been a year of ups and downs, questionings and pondering.

The Past 12 months.

1. I began teaching in 2004, so 2014 was a particular milestone. To be honest I never really thought I’d make it to 10 years – I did give up once, but it only lasted three months before I felt compelled to return. Like many teachers, I’m always on the verge of packing it in, but I suspect I will lose more than I gain if I did.

2. Milestones often lead to reflection and the resurfacing of memories (no matter how distorted and reconstructed). 2004…

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The Nurture 14/15 Collection

Freeing the Angel

This is a collection of #Nurture1415 blogs, in which people review what they did in the current year, and talk about their hopes for the next one. If you’d like yours added, please tweet me the link. Thank you and happy reading!
















See @5N_Afzal for another collation of posts

And not forgetting … Me 🙂

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Nurture 14/15

The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

I can’t quite believe it’s been a year since the last one  – and just over a year since I started this blog.  The rules have changed slightly, and this time I only have to do five things to be thankful for and five hopes for the future (which is good, as I am perennially pushed for time), but it does mean that I’ve been wondering what to choose, mulling it all over.  However, if I cogitate too long, Christmas will take me over (it did), so here goes.  First up: thankfulness.

  1. Sun, sea, boats.   My.  Word.  Have we had fun with the Clear Air Turbulence this year or what?  Every year R and I have had a brief discussion over whether we should get rid of the boat, only this year it morphed into getting another one – Poppy the Oppie joined the family at Easter and thanks…

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Nurture 14/15

Freeing the Angel

Luckily for me, I didn’t understand the 13/14 idea last year, so I only set myself 3 targets for 2014: 1. Listen, connect, feel. Life is not a dress rehearsal.  2. Treasure the moments. You never know when they might run out. 3. Write, write, write. Edit, edit, edit. Publish.

Target No.3. I spent less of the year writing than I would normally have done (see Targets No.1 and No.2 for the reason why). However, I did still manage to publish 3 books – two mini guides, one on reading for pleasure and another on writing for a living, and a fifth edition of Getting the Buggers to Behave. (I find it amazing to think that my book is still in print, fifteen years after I first wrote it.) I also wrote first drafts of two books for children, and more blog posts than I…

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