Author Archives: Laura McInerney

Why I think teachers deserve their 13 weeks holiday

Nothing is more annoying than arguing with non-school people about teachers’ holidays and hours. I’ve lost count of the time I’ve sat in a pub defending myself against the usual charges of “But you finish at 3pm” and “What do you need all those holidays for anyway?” But anyone wanting to debate whether teachers ought…

Are teachers who dislike group work using it wrong?

Laura McInerney was a teacher for 6 years in London and is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp. These are her individual views. “It was a good lesson….but why didn’t you have the pupils working together more often?” If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school classroom, chances are you’ve heard this sentence –…

6 new term resolutions teachers make & how to actually stick with them

Laura Mcinerney was a teacher for 6 years in London and is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp. These are her individual views. As teachers across the land are heading back to school, the new term resolutions take hold. “From tomorrow I will mark all books, plan well in advance, design my room to be fit…

It should not be harder to work at McDonald’s than become a teacher

Laura McInerney was a teacher for 6 years and is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp. These are her individual views. To be a McDonald’s floor manager you have to pass 3 exams; to be a teacher, if trends continue, you won’t have to pass anything. How Michael Gove has looked at the problems of our education system…

Who owns teachers?

We asked Laura McInerney to give us her thoughts about teacher professionalism and voice in the current school climate.   Who owns the Moon? Everybody. On 10 October 1967, all major United Nations members signed the Outer Space Treaty stating that from thenceforth all celestial bodies would belong to the “common heritage of mankind”. Two…