Nurture 1415

Nurture 1415

2014 has been quite a year…


This year saw me gain in confidence in many areas of my career. I was lucky enough to be award a TLR3 at the beginning of the academic year and it saw me leading a group of colleagues looking at the homework provision in our school. We had some very frank discussions at times but it was good to be able to discuss pedagogy and teaching and learning with colleagues. I also enjoyed reading about the subject of homework and talking to our pupils about it too. I have written an iBook about our findings please feel free to read it. The whole process really boosted my confidence and it made me feel that I could…
Apply for Assistant Headteacher posts.

Before coming to the island I was a head of year for 5 years and a successful one at that! Had I not decided to have children and work part time my natural stop at that time would have been Asst Headteacher but I never went there and it has taken me nearly 8yrs to get back to the stage where I feel I am in a position to apply again. I spent a lot of time crafting my letter and despite the fact that I did not reach the interview stage for any of the posts I found the whole process to be a fantastic one. It makes you realise what your uniques selling points are and where the gaps are in your knowledge.

I have continued to develop my use of them in the classroom this year and have give some but frankly not enough INSET on their use. Hopefully this will change. I have tried to blog as often as possible about my iPad use in the classroom firstly, as. Record for myself and secondly to assist others.
Twitter and blogging

It is through both of the above that I have “met” some fabulous people who have helped me with all aspects of my career. I was even lucky enough to meet some of them in person this year; Chris Hildrew, Tom Sherrington, Kenny Peiper, Lisa Jane Ashes, Jonathon Peace and Debbie and Mel. Hopefully I’ll meet many more in 2015

We finally did it! Together with Helen Almond I organised the very 1st IOM teachmeet. It was a great evening of CPD so much so that we organised our second TeachMeet in the summer and our next is just around the corner in February. I was delighted to be asked by the director for education to address the primary headteachers meeting to discuss the venture and to try and encourage more of our primary colleagues to attend. IOM TeachMeets have bee one of the highlights of the year for me! Sharing good practice in order to improve teaching and learning is something I am really passionate about.

I am not a runner but I struggle to fit any for of exercise in around a very busy family life. As I live in a rural location I can go for a run from my doorstep, so this year saw me complete the couch to 5k challenge – I have continued to run ever since. I can’t say that always run 5k but I do try and I do love it when I go out for a run. If you fancy taking up running I suggest you start with a couch to 5k app

I continue to train every Sunday with my club. 2015 should hopefully see me take part in the senior doubles Devizes to Westminster canoe marathon at Easter. It should also see my husband and I fulfil a long held dream of kayaking in the Scilly Isles archipelago in June of 2015
New Beginnings

Our Headteacher at school retired at the end of the autumn term. 2015 is going to be a year of new beginnings I think.

Helen Almond my teachmeet partner in crime asked me in August if I would do 2 days supply at her school to cover for a colleague who was sadly on long term sick leave. It was only for a half term so I agreed. I felt privileged to be able to see how another MFL dept worked and my colleagues were fabulous. The team was 2 full time linguists and myself on 2 days and another non linguist working for another 3 days. At the beginning of December tragedy struck and effectively left the dept with 1 full time member of staff who started working at the school in September and who has been teaching for only 5 years and myself on 2 days as the only linguists. Fortunately my colleague is amazing both in and out of the classroom and after a few tears we made a plan the aim of which was to protect our exam classes and top sets. We have had to be very creative and we are going to use iPads to assist us as all classes cannot always be covered by a linguist (finding an MFL teacher on supply on the island is like looking for hen’s teeth). Thank god for Google Drive as this allows us to plan the lessons for supply staff together despite the fact that for most of the week we aren’t In the same school! Time will tell but hopefully we have managed to put a workable plan into place to support our students through their exams.

I presented for the very first time last year at #ililc4 and I was really pleased with the feedback I received. I am presenting again this year and I am really looking forward to it. #ililc5 is always a fabulous weekend of learning, fun and being with and meeting new friends from the #mfltwitterati

So what of 2015?


I’d like to maintain my level of confidence in my own teaching abilities.  How to do this? I’d like to think it ‘s by trying new things and seeing if they work and the reflecting upon the successes or failures it’s only really in this way that you can improve.


I’d like to see our own IOM teachmeet grow, I’d love for our colleagues in all education sectors across the island to be buzzing about what they learnt or who they met at Teachmeet.  I would also like to try and attend more teachmeet/ conference events next year.  This isn’t easy when you live in the middle of the Irish Sea but it’s not impossible.


This year I would like to provide yet more training for my colleagues in my own school and in other schools on the use of iPads in the classroom. I’d also like to push myself to present at events too.  I will be presenting at #ililc5 and I’m really looking forward to it.


Complete the Devizes to Westminster canoe marathon, paddle in the Isles of Scilly archipelago this summer, circumnavigate Anglesey.


I’d like to apply to an Apple Distinguished Educator- there I’ve said it!


These guys are pretty damn important to me. I know I’m grumpy with my kids at times especially when I have used up all my patience on other people’s children at school.  I must remind myself of this at times. The Hubs is my best friend and as with all friendships you have to work at it and make time for each other.


4 thoughts on “Nurture 1415

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  3. Great to read this, Rachel. Hope you and your family have had a really good Christmas break, and that 2015 brings all you dream of….

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