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An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
* Looking for inspiration and motivation, to share with others. * Looking to constantly improve and grow. * On Twitter at @MissBex_M *
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An interesting and useful article from @tes:

Like it or loathe it, you are probably going to have to write numerous assignments, essays or studies during your teacher training. So what can you do to minimise the stress…[Read More]

Give your classroom the makeover it deserves using these colourful posters, eye-catching charts and inspiring quotes and certificates….

A whole collection of resources available here.


Practical behaviour management tips from TES (log in required, registration free of charge)

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Share My Lesson: A site by teachers and for teachers

Share and download lessons and teaching tools for free

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A fantastic free resource that randomly selects from over 100 plenary activities. Enjoy!

I don’t usually get full marks on exams, but I’ve just blitzed an online test. Sadly, it’s not something to celebrate. According to the NHS depression self-assessment test, it’s “very likely” I’m suffering from “some form of depression”. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. For teachers, depression comes with the job, along with a second-hand laptop and a passcode for the photocopier.

The NHS questions asked me if I suffered from any of the following: low self-esteem? Tick. Tearfulness? Tick. Irritability? Tick. Feelings of guilt and despair? Tick. Disturbed sleep patterns? That’s easy. Since Macbeth gets more REM sleep than your average teacher, I gave that one a double tick and a silvery stick-on star. My results are a shocking indictment of how teaching can damage your health…..


When depression strikes it feels as if it’s taking over your life. The good news is that it does not last forever. Ian Mallor talks about his experience.

Severe depression does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time. One in four people suffers from depression at some point in their life and that includes teachers who are sometimes liable to crumble under the unrelenting stress of the job…

I snapped this in a recent issue of the @tes - worrying?


The hungry caterpillar ebook (illustrated with sound effects in a Powerpoint.)

Feminism is alive and kicking, with a new generation at the helm. But more young women need to get involved, argues Kristin Aune

When they hear the word “feminism”, few people seem to think of young women. They tend to see images from the past: suffragettes chaining themselves to railings, Emily Wilding Davison throwing herself in front of King George V’s horse or women wearing dungarees and not shaving their legs….