This blog began as a way of sharing some of my writing on literature, education and theatre. I write for fellow teachers, my students and for the general reader and I hope to inspire, enthuse and challenge. Spending a little time on here will pretty quickly reveal my taste in books, theatre and even the flavour of my riveting lessons.
I’m an English and Drama teacher at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, where I teach across the age range. I’m also involved in teacher training with the Astra Alliance, which following my recent MEd in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, has become a major interest. Writing my book on directing school plays is on hold!
As a teacher, I am interested the ways in which students develop as readers, particularly at A level, in university transition and the ways in which students can best be prepared for degree level study in English. Other interests include the use of drama in English and the role of creative writing.
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This site is entirely personal and brings together reviews of books, theatre, film, television and other media and sometimes other writing, plus personal views on educational issues. It is important to stress that the views stated on this site are not necessarily my final view – often I use writing as a way of thinking about an issue – and may not be my current position nor those of my employer.