Author Archives: Katie Ashford

Should we be afraid of teacher talk?

Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in the Midlands. These are her individual views.  I remember the first few times I was observed as a trainee. Most things in my training year were utterly horrendous, and observations were no exception. But what I remember perhaps even more than the lessons themselves…

How can we give kids over a hundred hours of extra teaching time each year for free?

Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in the Midlands. These are her individual views. Lessons begin at ten past the hour. Or that’s when the bell goes, at least. By the time the kids have arrived from their last lesson, have caught up with their friends and faffed about with their…

Why do teachers burn out?

Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in the Midlands. These are her individual views. Hello everyone. My name is Katie Ashford and I am a workaholic. Giving up working insanely hard was more of a challenge than giving up smoking. The threat of yellow teeth, empty pockets, lung cancer and premature…

What can we learn from good and bad school leaders?

  Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in the Midlands, these are her individual views. Put your hand up if you have ever moaned about a school leader… Thought so. Standing at the bottom of the hierarchy looking upwards, it’s very easy to point fingers and blame leaders for doing a…

The seven stages of Ofsted preparation

  Katie Ashford is an English teacher in a secondary school in the Midlands, these are her individual views. Schools and teachers have a habit of getting rather panicky when an OFSTED inspection is on the horizon. Staffrooms are abuzz with speculation about when they will come next, the bosses start getting even more obsessed…

Misconceptions of a new teacher: you can always rely on ‘science’ to tell you how to teach

As the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Katie Ashford gives us the final part in her three part series.  Katie is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. The last two posts in this series have talked about…

Misconceptions of a new teacher – inspiring kids is easy

As the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Katie Ashford gives us the second part in her three part series. Katie is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. At the end of summer institute, the prospect of entering…

Misconceptions of a new teacher – staying up until midnight makes you a better teacher

  As the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Katie Ashford gives us the first part in her three part series. Katie is an English teacher in a secondary school in London. These are her individual views. Every teacher knows that things will never be as…