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It appears that blogs have slipped off the radar for a while, well mine certainly has at least. Maybe it’s because of sites like – you can post a mini-article/post/question/musing as long as it’s under 500 words – like twitter for the more verbose of us. I wrote my first post this week in between marking and levelling papers, playing ninjar turtles and eating tea. Take a look, you might even sign up yourself.


So I’ve been meaning to write on here for a while. But, you know, there’s just never enough time! But then I saw Amjad’s post a while ago and he inspired me, so here is my attempt at a rapping comeback. Yes, it’s more like a poem but you get the idea…

1. What’s my job title and where do I work?

I am a #distresseddad and deputy, two jobs that’ll be the death of me. Derbyshire’s where I talk my talk, preach my stuff and wave the chalk.

At school, I’m the man with the plan, the guy with the tie and the dude that can;

at home, I’m the trampoline, the hugger and feeder; the cuddler, the player and the school book reader.

Both jobs are demanding, exhausting and tough, but I wouldn’t swap them for anything, for any old stuff.

2. What am I currently working on?

A junior school deputy has an exhaustive quota: PP, assessment and the assembly rota.

English and PP are my main deals; well, laughing and joking and keeping it real.

3. Where have I come from?

Derby City was the place of my birth, the sickest place in God’s glorious earth.

Teaching was never my ultimate aim; the SAS and a chef were more my game.

It took a long while to get where I am, with faith, hope and love from all of my fam.

After many lectures, essays and tears and time stressing about deadlines for years and for years, I finally finished. Graduated. Passed. It was time to start teaching my own class at last.

4. What gets me up in the morning?

Children, my children, my lovely children.

5. What keeps me awake at night?

Children, my children, my lovely children.

6. Who inspires me?

So many people, the list has no end, with twitter and google and all of its trends. The teachers I meet at teachmeets and more, blogs, tweets and posts and presentations galore.

But the people that inspire me the most, the ones of whom I do like to boast are the children, my class and my own, the ones who still love me, despite all my moans.

They laugh and they work hard; they grow and they smile and then I know that it’s all so worthwhile.

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Social


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Anti-bullying week resources

Toanti-bullingmorrow marks the start of another Anti-bullying week. I know, like so many other areas in school, we don’t just deal with issues of bullying in one week but it gives us a focus; an opportunity to re-address key ideas and scenarios.

I hope the resources and links are useful. If you want the Publisher doc of the PDF, just email, comment or tweet me.

Anti-bullying week – PowerPoint (cyberbullying focus)

cyberbullying poster – PDF


Interactive Anti-bullying video – you choose what happens.



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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Edugeneral, Social


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Tweetable links and goodies.

Have recently prepped a load of my (and @batttuk’s) more popular links into a ‘tweetable’ form. Lots of good stuff here – not all mine. Take a look.

My TMMidlands presentation – Ben’s Google Tools: Boogle #ukedchat

GTAUK: food for thought and stomach

#esafety poster idea (used in anti-bullying week) #ukedchat

Maths: layered learning – an Ofsted like. #ukedchat

#Y3 #tagrugby plans

Macbeth resources: a veritable hoard/horde #Y6 #shakespeare #ukedchat

Positive behaviour card #ukedchat

Circuit training cards with Action Man #ukedchat #pe

#Y6 spellings: a collection to use & abuse #ukedchat

Maths & writing marking policy – a step in the right direction? #ukedchat

Punctuation tally stickers – very useful. Levels 3,4 & 5 #ukedchat

ICT AUP – acceptable use policy #ukedchat

Level 6 grammar resources (not mine – just passing them on) #ukedchat

Alice in Numberland – a large problem-solving pack. Can be tailored to suit. #ukedchat

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan? #shakespeare

Adverbial phrases homework #ukedchat

#esafety presentation to parents

Shoved-in-clauses: embedded clauses, a festive take…

Want 20gb of FREE cloud space? A couple of clicks and you’ll be there. COPY is fab.

Using twitter in education. @ianaddison @ideas_factory

Surviving an EBD school via @njthurly #ukedchat

Twitter Magic – guest post by @ICTMagic

#batttie by @johnmayo

#battt week guest posts – old but still great to read. #inspiration

10 ways to use twitter – a helpful guide. #ukedchat

Twittering Tweachers @sorrell_km #ukedchat

School Twitter Account @basttuk #ukedchat #bastt

Twitter Tips from @syded06 @mracolley #ukedchat #battt

What the # are hashtags? #ukedchat

The 10 stages of Twitter: stolen from @syded06 #ukedchat

Pimpin’ the profile – make yourself ‘followable’ #ukedchat #battt

Breaking out of the egg shell – show us who you are. #ukedchat #battt


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Tea tester

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Social, Thoughts & Musings


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Halloween Horrors 1: The Caller

Made several years ago by Andrew Barker and his intrepid band of loyal shadows and creators, The Caller follows Billy Mace in a short and terrifying tale. Who has called him? Why have they called him? Where will he end up?

Marcus Green stars as Billy Mace… he has never been seen since.

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Family, Social, Thoughts & Musings


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GTAUK – An academy hopeful…

Here is my one-minute application video for Google Teacher Academy: The Motivatortron Tougher than you imagine.


Posted by on October 17, 2013 in GTAUK, ICT, Social


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THE FIN Now Available

Great short story inspired from a great film. A MUST read.

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Literacy, Social


The Waldram Dictionary

In case you ever wondered, it’s here: The Waldram Dictionary, in its entirety.

Please note, it’s not grammatically correct. If you use it in your work, children, or you use it in a job interview, it  will not go down well. It’s not correct… but it is well wix.

New words are creeping into our language all the time, none more so than from the blessed lips of Mr Waldram. You can purchase the brand new pocket edition of Waldram’s Oxford Dictionary from Amazon at a bargain price of £12.99 or you could just sample a few of his choice selections here.

All over it: (noun phrase) when you are definitely going to do something or indeed have tried something that you really like and therefore like it a lot. E.g. “W, are you enjoying putting embedded links into the blog?” “Yes, T, I am… I’m all over it!” (generated by Mr T)

Beauty Street: (noun/adjective) Beauty Street is the place to go for everything beautiful; also an adjective to describe something that is great. For example: “Puck, that acting was well Beauty Street.”

BOOM!: (adjective) when you have scored a direct hit; when you have had a real success with something. The 6BW had, like, a trillion hits last night – BOOM!

Checkit: (verb) to have a look for yourself at something truly amazing.

Cool beans/cool beanz: (noun) descriptive comment to express feeling; like no worries or job done.

Coolpoints: (noun) You may award coolpoints to people if they have done something particularly impressive. E.g. ‘Wow, I love your Hawaiian shirt – give yourself 10 #coolpoints’

Disasterful: (adjective) if it can go wrong, it will go wrong – the ultimate disaster. Problem City

Foolism: (nounjective) As discussed in our grammar groups, when something is so daft, it’s like – that’s so foolism.

Fridgepoints: (noun) (see coolpoints) Normally attributed to anything that looks extremely tasty stored in the fridge.

Geekpoints: (noun) Awarded for anything nerdy or geeky, knowing the school’s wireless code and proxy server off by heart; solving issues with Office without even looking at the laptop.

Hotpoints: (noun) Only a true master of the #points system may dish these out – you need to have a keen eye and a smooth tongue. E.g. ‘Well, hello… your ankles are certainly looking ravishing today.’ *raises eyebrows*

Living the Dream: (adjectival phrase) When something is so good, so perfect, you are literally living the dream. “Dude, I just caught an awesome wave back there – I was hanging ten, living the dream. Cowabunga!”

Living the Digital Dream: (adjectival phrase) Similar to the one above, however, this is electronic. The Blog, for example.

LOL beanz: (noun) very similar to cool beans but with added lol (generated by Clodagh)

LOLETH: (noun) when something is truly hilarious – Laugh Out Loud Everyone Together Happy (generated by Emily Fearn and Katrina Holmes)

Nesslyfull: (adjectivea mixture of 3 suffixes and it means extremely talented.

Pfft!: (exclamatory noun) If something is a load of rubbish or you just totally disagree with something and you have nothing to say, then Pfft! sums up your thoughts entirely.

Plezj: (noun) pronounced similarly to treasure – the shortened version of pleasure. For when life’s too frantic to say ‘It’s a pleasure.’ E.G. ‘Thanks for that report, it was very helpful.’ ‘Plezj.’

Plopadoppalus: (adjective) when something is well not gooder – like, proper worser!

Prawdziwa historia: (true story) Polish translation

Roods: (adjective) When something is so impolite and rude, it is considered roods. E.g. “Dude, when you dissed me the other day for wearing pink trainers, that was so roods, you’re just well jel.”

Sozmaloz: (noun) when you have doing something wrong and you want to apologise sincerely, totally and utterly – you are very, very sorry.

True Story: (noun) when something is an absolute fact; cannot be argued with. e.g. Sunday is the day after Saturday – true story or Mr Waldram is well more betterer at stuff than Mr T – true story.

True Storyville: (noun) place where everything is true – the home of all things honest.

Truman Show: (noun) when the truth is so blindingly obvious, it has to be clear to all: Truman Show.

Waldramising: (verb) to make something well more betterer.

Waldramisms: (noun) a collection of words or phrases coined by the wordmaster himself.

Well Good: (adjective) when something is like, literally, well good.

Well more betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something is a direct comparison to something else, e.g. Mr W is well more betterer at jelly drinking than Mr T.

Well more betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something has been Waldramised.

Well more super betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something is even more betterer than normal (generated by Liam Sharpe)

Well jel: (adjectival phrase) if a person is envious of someone or something, then well jel (pronounced well jel) is the perfect retort. “My skateboard is well more betterer than yours!” “Pfft, nah, mine’s well wix, you’re just well jel.”

Whoop! (noun – exclamation) when one simply cannot contain their excitement and all they can burst forth is the utterance of true joy: Whoop!

Whoop-da-loop😦noun) see Whoop! but with added Whoopishness.

Wix: (adjective) Exclamation of pure wickedness (in the good sense), if something is really great, it could also be wix. This has been used in some more urban areas as a cool and hip phrase, especially with boys. “Wix, innit.

Yummers: (noun) the sensation of something being extremely tasty, that Camel pie and chips I ate last night was truly Yummers!

Yupadeedoodah: (noun – exclamation) The acknowledgement of something correct. “Is 6BW well more betterer than 6NT?” “Yupadeedoodah”

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Literacy, Social


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I am the #batttman

Technically, not the #batttman, there are two of us: myself and Stephen Lockyer – a twitter pal that I have befriended recently. We thought about creating an account on twitter called battt and since its birth, has been pretty well received.

I hosted my first ever #ukedchat the other night (Valentine’s Day – madness, I know) and was extremely happy with how it all went. I think the thing that has stunned me more than anything else is just the sheer almost viral spread that has happened since we began. So many people are taking on other battt identities in their countries and are hashtagging battt even without us being mentioned – I mean, that’s pretty big. Great stuff.

I have reposted the #ukedchat post from the battt site here.

Let’s see how else this new project can grow…

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in BATTTUK, Social


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I attended my first BETT show on Friday and saw so much, it was great to see such passion and enthusiasm for education. Sure, there were stalls trying to sell me bespoke furniture or showing me new and expensive ways of using old and dusty stuff, but, that aside, there was more than enough to enthuse and captivate me.

On the day, my mini-highlight was seeing @ICTevangelist and @ICTmagic facing off to show us a collection of brilliant sites to use. Some of them will be used by my children in the very near future – that, I am certain of.

As good as BETT is, for me the real buzz and learning took place in the evening. As 300 educators piled into the Platinum suite for an evening of presentations, laughs and networking.

The many talks were great, I soon lost track of how many people I needed/wanted to thank, talk to and my notes soon got blurred into a digital pad of ‘to-dos’.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first presentation with @mrlockyer and enjoyed the thrill of amusing people and giving a push to our new venture: battt (bring a teacher to twitter).

If you’ve not seen the site yet, check it here.

One of the strangest things, especially for a BETT newbie, is to meet with people I’ve been tweeting about and to for so long. There is that bizarre feeling of recognition and companionship with people I’d never actually met (well, a few).

For those of you, that I’d met and chatted to, I thank you. You made my first BETT memorable indeed.

I am excited to go and implement some of the things I have seen and to continue tweeting with you.


Posted by on February 3, 2013 in BATTTUK, Social, Thoughts & Musings


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