There is no question more designed to annoy a teacher than, 'Will this be in the exam?' At the root of the frustration teachers will feel at the moment these soul-sapping words are uttered is the thought that every minute element of their subject is utterly fascinating. So, how could this question possibly be relevant?
It is finally December and we are finally able to talk about Christmas! Yippee, I hear you shout. Christmas is always a busy time in a school and it is also one of those times when you are really able to reflect on the strengths of your school as a community.
Why do girls in co-educational schools not consider STEM subjects in the same numbers as those in single-sex education? After all, these are subjects and careers where employers are crying out for more women.
It is the start of the new school year, and surprisingly the sun isn’t always shining! Since I moved to Cornwall just over a year ago, everyone has told me that it rains in August, but the weather is good in September. In fact, my experience as a teacher has taught me that nearly everywhere the sun starts shining as soon as school re-starts.
Today, like every A Level results day, has been full of excitement. It is a genuine pleasure to see the joy and relief on the faces of so many pupils as they open their A Levels and realise that they have realised their dreams. However, despite the excitement which today brings, I really do wonder whether we need to put our young people through the stresses of it.
It is summer, apparently. As we say a fond farewell to the Royal Cornwall Show once more, it is nearly time for the covers to be regularly drawn across the grass courts of Wimbledon and for families to huddle behind windbreaks on the beach.
Last week in assembly I spoke to the pupils about how precious education is. I mentioned in the process the girls from Chipok in Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram more than a year ago and the story of Malala Yousafzai. There are many stories, even in recent years, of attempts to deny children an education. I can only assume it is because education represents power.
Over recent months my wife and I have been buying a house and we finally moved in in mid-January. For our first six months in Cornwall we were renting and so it is nice to be back in a home which is ours and which we can make ours. It was a bit of a rush trying to move in during term time and so I was grateful for the half term break and the opportunity to do some things around the house.