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February 3, 2018

My marking pile inspired this image today.  Then I had a horrible epiphany: you know the film Sixth Sense where the dead people are wandering around, unaware that they have moved on...?  Yep.  Teachers, that's us. Get your 17 different colours of highlighters ready.  H...

January 22, 2018

More free resources! Head to the resources page for some free Quiz-Quiz-Trade cards for grammar and punctuation.  You can remove any unwanted cards so they are suitable for the whole of key stage 2 but they will work best as revision for the year 6 test.  (Some of the...

November 22, 2017

On the prices and enquiries page, I have added a Word doc. of every KS2 spelling test since 2008.  At the bottom there is a tentative spelling age table (compiled from comparing oodles of children's test scores with their spelling ages from published tests).

Don't say I...

November 4, 2017


Phrasal verbs (2-part verbs such as look up, find out and break down) are not something that are mentioned in the national curriculum for primary schools and they are not something I have ever really given much thought to.  However, when a talented EAL child writes,...

October 24, 2017

Before we introduce new initiatives, as SLTs, are we really asking the questions that count?

a) Who will benefit from this?   and

b) Will the benefits be sufficient to warrant the extra demands that will be made of staff?

If the answers to the above questions are 'Ofsted'...

October 18, 2017


'That's it! I've warned you...' I have had it with the 'was/were' confusion. Next time I am going to take a huge branch and give a pile of English books a huge birching! 

Or I might just show them this new support card... and then give the books a good birching.

October 16, 2017

‘What do we do for children who consistently score 10 on the year 5 and 6 pre-tests?’ is a question I am frequently asked.  Merely saying,

‘Wow!’ is not really very helpful so currently under construction are I Can Spell extension sheets.

If a child is already able to ac...

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