The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations

As teachers, particularly during the training and NQT years, we are told that expectations, high expectations, are the key to classroom success. According to the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards (2011), the very first ‘standard’ states that a teacher must:  ‘Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils; establish a safe and stimulating environmentContinue reading “The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations”

How relevant is the teaching of Shakespeare in inner-city secondary schools in 2021?

Whilst finishing the tremendously exciting unit of work on creative writing, I announced to my bright year 9 group that when we return from home learning we will be starting the next unit of work…on… Shakespeare! Even through the normally blank, silent screens, I was met with a groan and sad emojis in the classContinue reading “How relevant is the teaching of Shakespeare in inner-city secondary schools in 2021?”