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Respect for Marcus Rashford
at 09:37 18 Jun 2020

I fear that is not the ringing endorsement you believe it to be.
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Primary skool question...
at 20:46 11 Jun 2020

No, we'd treat. Extend of PPE use is at the discretion of the teacher administering first aid.

We had parents asking why we wouldn't put sun cream on them though...
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gamble.....
at 00:13 5 Jun 2020

I got a drawing off you once, the England rugby rose.

I recommend anyone getting some art off this man. And then lock your doors.
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Task for today. Who do we think is the 2nd
at 12:26 29 May 2020

That's quite un oeuf puns for today, thank you.
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We are a family of 5
at 10:12 29 May 2020

Your family will have to choose their least favourite and just four go over.

At least you'll get a bit of peace and quiet while they're all gone.
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TWTTeachers (Mullet I know of, anyone else?)
at 21:32 15 May 2020

Utterly fuming.
And then feel bad for letting a vile sewer rag like the Mail affect me.
And then fuming again.
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Opposition to schools reopening is 'rather middle class'
at 18:24 15 May 2020

A few thoughts, largely already covered by Mullet's excellent post.

I am a year 5/6 teacher at a primary school in Cambridgeshire. I've worked on rotation to provide schooling for children on key workers, the vast majority of which are children not in my class. This is fine and I am happy to do my bit.

A colleague has now tested positive this week after a child started back at school and then displayed symptoms. Again, this is accepted as a risk that we have taken to provide for families who need to be at work. This teacher is mid 50s and is trying not to show how terrified she is.

As a teacher of year 6, I agree that children finishing their primary education need 'closure' for want of a better word and I have spoken on here before that I sincerely hope that they will be able to come in for a couple of weeks at least to try to help best prepare them for secondary school. It is important for their well-being. I don't think this necessarily needs to be from 1st June but if needs must, I appreciate the positive impact this will have on them and I am more than happy to make it happen. People talk about putting kids into bubbles with designated members of staff - if we are doing it for the children, they want to be with their teachers. Year 1s don't want to be babysat by me and my year 6s don't want another adult to try and get their heads around the fact that they've lost their final year of a school they love.

What I am not accepting is putting our health (plus the health of children who already need to be in school) at risk for political reasoning. If it doesn't directly affect the children’s wellbeing, it should not be happening. I'm not putting my health (and therefore my fiancee who is a nurse at addenbrookes) at risk to babysit kids who don't need to be there.

I have been in school today looking at how logistically we can accommodate our (small) group of year 6s in a classroom. It can barely happen and these are children who are able to distance themselves and appreciate the necessities of the situation. It is an impossible task in year 1 and reception - and we are a mixed age school so only half of a class of children will be back.

As said above, the mail headline was horrendous and disgusting. Please don't be taken in by it - we are working with unions.

I haven't read this back so it may be largely jumbled rubbish and discounted. If so, just go back and read Mullet's post again. And again. Until it sinks in.
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The Newcastle United takeover
at 23:55 5 May 2020

Every since Wylam released a DIPA called Is there music in your dreams, which is possibly the finest beer I've ever treated, they can do what they like.
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School summer holidays
at 00:48 1 May 2020

That implies teachers either don't need a break or that this situation has been a holiday for us.

Neither is true.
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Hidden gems of movies
at 16:07 21 Apr 2020

Rec.

Fundamentals of Caring

Submarine
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So those of you with foreign holidays booked this summer
at 14:51 11 Apr 2020

Honeymoon booked in August.

I am remaining optimistic.
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So apart from blue badger who is on the front line
at 11:37 11 Apr 2020

Yeah, am a teacher so school open to key workers' children.

Fiancee is a nurse at addenbrookes. She's on a run of nights so she's sleeping while I creep around the house. Luckily it's a good day to be in the garden.
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article discussing whether school closures are helpful
at 11:24 7 Apr 2020

Doesn't sound particularly great.

Won't lie - I've got my laptop out in the garden enjoying the sun so there's been more taxing days at work...
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article discussing whether school closures are helpful
at 11:23 7 Apr 2020

Thanks - feedback from parents has been that the kids have liked it as has been more personal and made them feel more part of a group rather than a random worksheet sent out.

Setting 'taskmaster' challenges and getting them to email in their results which I then shared has been great. Need to think of a few more to send out over the next couple of weeks.
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article discussing whether school closures are helpful
at 10:36 7 Apr 2020

You're completely right, SB, in that it's incredibly complex and we're almost changing daily.

I've ended up setting up a youtube channel for my class and filming inputs for lessons and then kids/parents emailing questions, work etc and then can help them individually as required. It's crap, but the best we can do (small primary school so very limited technology).

I hope we get clarity soon as we, and I hope the vast majority of teachers, are desperate to get back teaching properly as soon as possible.

On that note, if any of you have Primary aged kids (esp year 5/6) and want any pointers, feel free to message.
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article discussing whether school closures are helpful
at 09:58 7 Apr 2020

It also says that if schools were to re-open, social distancing would have to continue and children observe the 2m away rule...

I have 31 children in my class in a room that can fit possibly 8 people at the correct safe distance at a push. Think we're a while away from schools reopening, as much as I can't wait for us to be back.

Return after May half term is my prediction (based on nothing more than optimistic hope).
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GAMERS! Open World/Fallout Style..
at 11:02 25 Mar 2020

Odyssey is excellent and definitely more choice-based than origins.

Everybody raves about Witcher Wild Hunt and I'll give it time, but I'm not that fussed about it so far a few hours in.
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Songs describing now illegal acts
at 21:44 24 Mar 2020

Anything by Bloc Party
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If you could live anywhere in Europe
at 07:53 23 Mar 2020

Don't be so cruella to poor old badger.
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If ever there's a week for the TWTD Friday pub it's this one
at 15:47 20 Mar 2020

Indeed, their Galaxy Fog IPA is superb.

Sticking with craft beer, I'll have a NEIPA from Neon Raptor please and I'll l stick on

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