How to make the best of classroom displays | 5sc1

Classroom displays can be the bane of a teacher’s life. Don’t let the worry of it spoil your holiday. Have you ever been in a prison cell? I have. It’s the emptiness, the blankness, the feeling of cold right through to your bones that stay with you. For some pupils going to school is like a punishment for a crime […]

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It never rains but it pours | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Towers the weather since the end of term has been so dreadful that going out is not really an option and therefore The Elbow has had some free time. Lucky thing I hear you cry! Anyway the result of all this the free time is that she has collated the outpourings from the last 12 months and written a blog book…she hopes that you find it useful in helping you think about clerking in a different way, about your Boards in a different way and possibly yourself too. The Elbow has reflected much in her own practice during the last 12 months and found she needs to learn to proof read and…

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It never rains but it pours | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Towers as the weather since the end of term has been so dreadful that going out is not really an option and The Elbow has had some free time. Lucky thing I hear you cry! Anyway the result of all this the free time is that she has collated the outpourings from the last 12 months and written a blog book…she hopes that you find it useful in helping you think about clerking in a different way, about your Boards in a different way and possibly yourself too. The Elbow has reflected much in her own practice during the last 12 months and found she needs to learn to proof read and that…

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Credit where it’s Due | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Towers we’ve been reflecting on the Sisyphean task that was governance during the last term. Like most of us I imagine The Elbow has had good governance days and bad governance  days over the last few terms but on the whole the end of term this year came as something of a relief; if only because the inbox was bursting, the ironing piling up and I’d forgotten what the dog looked like. I made the mistake of adding how many hours I’d given this term and wished I hadn’t as whilst I don’t regret it for a minute it was rather a shock. Governors and Trustees all over the country will…

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Credit where its Due | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Towers we’ve been reflecting on the Sisyphean task that was governance during the last term. Like most of us I imagine The Elbow has had good governance days and bad governance  days over the last few terms but on the whole the end of term this year came as something of a relief; if only because the inbox was bursting, the ironing piling up and I’d forgotten what the dog looked like. I made the mistake of adding how many hours I’d given this term and wished I hadn’t as whilst I don’t regret it for a minute it was rather a shock. Governors and Trustees all over the country will…

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Reflections | JaneOwens

Mirror, mirror on the wall…..well not THAT sort of reflection!

We have started the summer break and I don’t know about you but I am shredding paperwork I no longer need and putting saved documents into folders. I have only 5 icons on my desktop which take me to my folders. I personally never understand how people cope with a multitude of icons over their screen. I would also be lost without dropbox on my Ipad!

I also keep notebooks. They are full of observations from External Reviews, meetings and conferences with an ‘x’ next to key points or things I have to action. I have a lot of…

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A Stitch in Time | aclerkselbow

As the end of term approached I reflected on my clerking practice ie behaviours over the last year and concluded that the following three things that do not save time whilst drafting minutes;
Voice recognition software. Don’t ask. A totally unrepeatable experience. My nerves are in shreds.
Losing your notes. I have had a small moment of panic when I misplaced my notes once so I now have a room full of plastic wallets of all colours. 10 for a £1 in A*da…sorted
Working from home means I am constantly distracted by either the Call of the Kettle (large flask being purchased – is that tax…

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