The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum

It's no secret that if you're a woman you're likely to earn less than a man in the same job. It's a much plainer fact than I'd imagined: a man and woman starting off in the same role can advance in their careers equally, but when a woman takes a break to have a child… Continue reading The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum

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Stitch Education is launching in Hull

The news is out! As of September this year, I’ll officially be launching Stitch Education, a new course for schools which will see creativity being celebrated through arts and storytelling. I spoke to Laura O'Donnell, who runs Really Hull, to tell her about the project. You can see the original article here: http://www.reallyhull.com/2015/06/11/people-laura-smith-stitch-education/ We caught… Continue reading Stitch Education is launching in Hull

Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see… Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Back to school tips for teachers

It’s been five weeks and four days since the school holidays began, and approximately five weeks and three days since the Back to School adverts began. But thankfully, thoughts of actually going back have only just started to arise. I went and got myself another job in a school. I’m doing more or less the… Continue reading Back to school tips for teachers

Fewer detentions and more smiles. What’s going on?!

The half term break was nice. I think. I don’t really remember it. The questions ‘was that really only last week?’ and ‘did we actually have a break?’ have been stuck on a loop at school since Monday, but thankfully, I can say it is nice to be back. To keep things going in a… Continue reading Fewer detentions and more smiles. What’s going on?!

NaNoWriMo – how do I keep young writers interested?

NaNoWriMo is only a couple of days away now, and I’ve been thinking of how I can use it at school as a fun project that will really encourage writers. At the school I work at, we’ve got loads of intervention programmes for low achievers, but not much in place for those that are doing… Continue reading NaNoWriMo – how do I keep young writers interested?

NaNoWriMo – because I wasn’t busy enough anyway!

When I’ve been travelling I’ve often heard about the 6-8 week pangs people feel – those initial thoughts that maybe you’ve had enough and homeward bound is the way forward. Give it another week or so and you find your energy and love of backpacking renewed and ready to keep going. I think the same… Continue reading NaNoWriMo – because I wasn’t busy enough anyway!

Light at the end of the school corridor

I’m still alive, just. My blog, along with most other non-work related things in my life have gotten used to a bit of abandonment lately, but enough! I’ve had my first pay day and amongst a few (several) small treats I bought for myself was a new charger cable for my laptop that has been… Continue reading Light at the end of the school corridor

My first week as a teacher

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve survived my first week of being a teacher! Well, I haven’t actually taught anyone yet. The school I work at has had a full week of training and the real work begins on Monday, but already I’ve had reality check after reality check and I feel like I know close… Continue reading My first week as a teacher

So I’m going to be a teacher

So I’m going to be a teacher. This isn’t new, I’ve known for so long that I can’t really remember when I was offered the job. May, possibly. But it’s just sunk in. In two weeks I’m going to be solely responsible for the education of a group of 11 year old children. All of… Continue reading So I’m going to be a teacher