• Stuff I Like,  Tips,  Work

    Free Online Courses (CPD etc)

    During Lockdown, I have been advised by my employers to study and complete some online courses for CPD purposes, whilst I’ve been at home. Apart from giving me added knowledge for the benefits of teaching children; some of the courses are excellent for personal study and interest. FutureLearn:  A really good free online study resource. Unfortunately, you don’t get a certificate at the completion; you have to pay for one, but you will receive an email to confirm that you have studied. There’s quite a few subjects to choose from: Business and management, Healthcare, History, Arts, Education, Law, Languages and many more. It’s really worth taking a look. You follow…

  • General,  Stuff I Like,  Work

    The Pros and Cons of Supply Work

    I’ve been employed in the Education sector for about 11 years now. I was quite lucky to begin with because as I began my studies to change my career, my boys’ school offered me a part-time job as a learning support assistant which enabled me to complete my required hours for the course in a paid capacity, rather than doing them on a voluntary basis. I qualified 2 years after this, and continued to work there working in an assortment of roles. At the time, I felt that I hadn’t really got a defined position there, yet looking back, it was the best thing for me. I had training at…

  • Work

    Star of the Week

    I’m not one to blow my own trumpet; even though I’ve blown a few trumpets in my time. Did I ever tell you I learn’t to play the trumpet when I was at junior school? Did I not? Oh well; that’s another story. How would you epitomise success? Would it be based around money, good health, a good family unit or something based on a career move? It is a generic question and the first thing that comes to my mind is being fortunate enough to enable my children to be happy with their home, their education and future. But we all have different motives and family circumstances don’t we?…

  • Stuff I Like,  Work

    Educational Games for Primary School Kids

    A long, long, time ago, when I was in my mid-twenties, I was embarking on a transitional phase of my life concerning my employment. I had recently left the hosiery trade. The city of Leicester was widely known for its trade in shoe manufacturing, making clothes; particularly jumpers and tights. Many of the really big companies, such as Pex, British Shoe, Corahs, and Kempton, couldn’t compete with cheap foreign imports and so these factories closed during the 80s and 90s and they’d been in operation for over 100 years.  The Industry was a really big concern in the city of Leicester where I lived. It was regrettably coming to an…