Teach First Futures Easter School

Teach First Futures is a university access programme that aims to give sixth formers from backgrounds currently under-represented at university the support they need to attend the country’s top universities. For the past four days, I have been volunteering as a group leader in the Futures Easter School at Cambridge University. Although many people thought…

To teach, or not to teach?

Some people who decide to do Teach First know before even starting that they are not going to pursue a career in teaching, but they are just using it to develop key skills and experience before moving onto another career. Others who do the programme have had their heart set on teaching for years and…

Half term is here!!

Somehow, I’ve done it. I’ve survived my first half-term of teaching. As last week’s blog was so negative, I thought I better make this one a little more positive and upbeat by talking about only the positive things that happened today. Today was meant to be an easy day for me, with two out of…

Wailing and water balloons

It’s six weeks in and half term is finally almost upon us, so I thought another blog post was well overdue. I’m writing this at the end of a challenging week. Challenging not only because it was a full five-day week, a shock after having one day off last week for a conference, but challenging…

Teach like a Welshman

It’s Friday and I have just completed my first full week of school. Unsurprisingly, and very frustratingly, after eight days of teaching I am still far from being a perfect teacher. I do however feel like I have perfected the angry teacher glare. I’ve even already used the angry “Right, put everything back on the…

Back to school

In our last session of the summer institute, we were asked to write down our biggest concern about our first day on a post-it note. Jokingly, I wrote that my biggest concern was that I would be crying by lunchtime on my first day. I did not think that it would actually happen. Well, how…