little picture, big picture

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Little picture: TeachMeet Midlands 2016 Big picture: ‘getting my happy up’ I can’t remember if that’s the exact phrase @ShonetteBason used in her keynote at #TMM16 last Thursday evening, but … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Little picture: new job. Big picture: new view.

   After seven weeks submerged in a new job, I’m coming up for air this week, and looking back over all that is floating to the surface. Maybe I’m trying … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 6 Comments

Half way through

Little Picture: it’s just been February half term. We are half way through my son’s first year at school. Big Picture: As my son has settled into school life, I … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

To my second child, nearly ready for this world.

Little picture: 38 weeks pregnant. Big picture: A few ultimate truths for me. I hope they help you make sense of yourself, and of the beautiful and complicated world you … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

#NRocks: a little hashtag with so much power.

Little Picture: spending Saturday listening, talking, thinking education. Northern Rocks 2014. Big picture: a matter of priority. A while back I wrote this post. Then deleted it. Some details were … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Feeling Failure

Little Picture: Debra Kidd’s blogpost about her decision to leave teaching Big Picture: Feeling failure and weighing up the future. Lately I’ve been wanting to leave my job. This week, … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 9 Comments


Little Picture:¬† #nurture1314. Thirteen successes of the past year. Fourteen resolutions for the next. Big Picture: Twitter: Hugely inspirational. Makes my professional development an accessible, distracting and enjoyable¬†daily reality. I … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Make it better for boys

Little picture: EYFS Profile results 2012-2013 Big picture: My son has just entered an education system designed for girls. Or so it seems… Reading the DfE’s Statistical First Release (above) … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mantle of the Expert: Study day reflections

Little picture: a day at Woodrow First School soaking up Mantle of the Expert. A day full of stories. Big Picture: It’s how I want to teach for the future. … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

Intervention… Different for a difference

Little picture: a child who doesn’t ‘put it together’. Bigger picture: actually lots of children who don’t ‘put it together’. We have quite a lot of children at our school … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · Leave a comment