I am a learner, always have been. As a child it was, “Try your best, lad, that’s all we want from you”. “Try again. Fail again. Fail better” were the lines I read as a pretentious student. More recently it’s phrases such as “talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence” that tend to chime with me.
I have been an English teacher in four schools, and am in my third year as an Academic Deputy at The Grammar School at Leeds. I will continue learning in both roles as long as I am in them. My hope is that writing here will, over time, clarify my thinking across a series of areas. The great blogs and tweets we can now read and the many wonderful teachers I have heard speak have all inspired me to try to develop my own practice through writing an education blog.