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April 12, 2018

In Jordan's fourth reflection blog, he writes about Leeds West Academy's SPACE Day. He shares: 

SPACE Day at Leeds West Academy provides a very different style of learning. Students follow a specially constructed timetable covering everything from drugs and alcohol and...

April 3, 2018

It’s been a wonderful first start to teaching and I now certainly feel a lot more wise than I did at the start (I hope so anyway). Here are my top three things I wished I knew at the start of my training:

1.Don’t stress if you finish your lesson early

This was one of my...

February 28, 2018

Earlier this term, Year 9 history students visited the National Holocaust Centre and Museum for a day of learning and reflecting. The day began with an introduction to the Holocaust and its impact on Europe. Students then walked round the museum, which was a visual tim...

January 12, 2018

Hello all and welcome back to the Spring term! We’re already in the second week back of school and it seems like the standard of work produced by our students is higher than ever. Already, Year 7 have learnt about the difference between democracy and dictatorship and t...

December 18, 2017

As I sit writing this on the first Monday of the Christmas holiday, I almost can’t believe the term is over. However, when I think back to my first two weeks at the Gorse HQ, feeling hugely overwhelmed by marking policies, purple zone and government legislation; Septem...

November 24, 2017

Last Wednesday saw my first Step Up Day at Leeds City Academy. As part of the Humanities department, I was involved with the SMSC education discussing healthy relationships with both Year 8 and Year 10. It was a fantastic day and each group had such wonderful and varyi...

October 18, 2017

One of my lovely Year 7s was astounded this week as I swiftly increased the amount of writing and emphasis on literacy I was putting into their lessons. He exclaimed, “Miss! It’s just like primary school!”

The only response I could give was, “Good…it’s only going t...

September 29, 2017

It is 100% true that the weeks fly by as a teacher. Here is sit, after a relaxing Sunday, finalising my action plan for tomorrow and feeling in awe at how normal it feels. Not only do I feel settled (as settled as a brand new teacher can be!) in my new role but I alrea...

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