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First Day Back at School, by Ali Harwood

The first day back at school is often a shock. Whether you are a child, a parent or a teacher, that long summer break may seem a distant memory by mid-afternoon on the opening page of the new school year.

The seasons seem to change so quickly…


Who Should Be Teaching The Teachers? by Ali Harwood

This is for parents, teachers and those interested in education and how it works. I read an interesting article in the TES recently – ‘Spare us from the hypocrites who preach about how to teach’ - about the idea and reality of universities running our schools.

Approaches to Multilingual Learning

What was shared at the EAL Conference in Copenhagen recently? How can children be taught in their mother tongue? What is 'message abundancy' and how is it relevant to EAL learners? Where does Mantra Lingua fit in? Using Graham Smith's informative conference report as a catalyst, these questions are explored, with links to relevant locations on the web.

Assessing Writing Assessment: what’s it all about?

Just when you think all the tests are over and the leavers’ assembly, the summer holiday and big school are smiling at you from the near future, what happens? Writing assessment!

EAL and SPaG: A Teacher's Perspective

What grammar are all children expected to know? (Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation overview)

Whether pupils have English as an Additional Language (EAL) or as their first, school life has become harder since the new primary-curriculum emerged in September 2013. As a primary teacher of over fifteen years’ vintage, I’ve had to up the ante considerably in recent years.

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