How it started

I’ve been blogging on and off for years on well-being and family life in our Wiltshire cottage but my professional life as a teacher has remained firmly in the classroom. In the year 2000 I was an ambitious senior teacher in charge of the sixth form at a comprehensive school in Bath. I was also heavily pregnant.

Unlike my own mother I was able to choose between work and motherhood. Many teachers seem to do both very successfully but that wasn’t me. Three small children took up most of my energy and they were blessed years to which I wouldn’t have wanted to give less than 100% of my energy. But I found time to write educational materials for a number of agencies, to run workshops and training sessions and to write a couple of stage adaptations of classic novels.

In 2016 I felt the pull back to the classroom and then to contribute more widely to the direction of the school. It’s a profession I love, the best job in the world.

Much has changed in the last twenty years in education especially in the way teachers share resources, ideas and best practice. I started a senior leadership qualification (NPQSL) at the start of this school year and to take an active interest in evidence- informed classroom practice, in particular on how teenagers learn. Now I am leading a school initiative on growing effective independent learners. It seems like a good time to start sharing my classroom experiences.

Cally Smart

9 – Rows and rows

After three month’s of on-line teaching, supporting students and their families, formulating centre assessment GCSE and A Level grades, thinking about a catch-up curriculum for those who have not been able to engage and formulating procedures for a safe return to school, this is the latest thinking from the Minister for Education to assist teachers. … Continue reading “9 – Rows and rows”

7 – Challenges

Dear Quaran-teens, You know my expectations are always high but a modern day King Lear might be a step too far. If you were due to sit GCSE or A Level exams in a few weeks, you may be feeling a bit lost. I get that. Even last week your teachers may have been setting … Continue reading “7 – Challenges”


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