Stephanie Welsford

Stephanie Welsford

Head of English and Media. Massive teacher geek.

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Risks and Journeys by Stephanie Welsford
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Risks and Journeys

Every so often a student will ask why on earth I became a teacher. They always ask with the same incredulous...

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Round Up by Stephanie Welsford
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Round Up

After years of lurking on Twitter, whizzing through blogs and collecting online gems (some to use straight...

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Questioning My Questioning by Stephanie Welsford
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Questioning My Questioning

In a fit of new year zeal, I put something about differentiated questioning in an appraisal target this...

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Recognising Excellence by Stephanie Welsford
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Recognising Excellence

One of the key aspects of Ron Berger’s (heart flutter) writing and thinking that resonates with me...

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In Praise of New Teachers From Around the World by Stephanie Welsford
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In Praise of New Teachers From Around the World

When I became Head of English at my school, I faced the massive challenge of leading a department with...

#staffing
In Praise of our School Library by Stephanie Welsford
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In Praise of our School Library

We are very lucky. We have always had headteachers who value the library and are willing to invest into...

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Developing Learning Behaviours by Stephanie Welsford
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Developing Learning Behaviours

It was back into project style learning land with my Year 7s today. Here are some rambling reflections...

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Musical Chairs by Stephanie Welsford
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Musical Chairs

Yesterday, I waxed lyrical about the importance of planning. Today, I’m feeling the love for seating...

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The Pleasure of Planning by Stephanie Welsford
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The Pleasure of Planning

My name is Stephanie Welsford and I like lesson planning. There, I’ve admitted it. In fact, given...

#lessonplanning
Teaching: the ultimate refreshment by Stephanie Welsford
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Teaching: the ultimate refreshment

One of the (many) things I love about teaching is the opportunity it offers to refresh, change, rethink...

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Mindset Cocktail by Stephanie Welsford
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Mindset Cocktail

When reading ‘Mindset’, I definitely sympathised with Dweck’s realisation that she was a very fixed...

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Zoo encounters by Stephanie Welsford
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Zoo encounters

Squeaking in with a last minute post!  We went on a wonderful trip to Whipsnade zoo today with a big...

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UNsatisfactory by Stephanie Welsford
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UNsatisfactory

My school (that I love) was labelled for years and years as ‘Satisfactory’. I hate that word and...

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Teaching through the Generations by Stephanie Welsford
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Teaching through the Generations

I am sitting in my lounge this evening surrounded by teachers. Me and my wife are secondary teachers,...

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Will I still rock footless tights in 10 years? by Stephanie Welsford
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Will I still rock footless tights in 10 years?

What did you want to be when you were wee?An author. I still have ambitions to retire into writing and...

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Balancing the Berger Diet by Stephanie Welsford
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Balancing the Berger Diet

In the final week of the half term my Berger binge started to backfire. It may have been the infernal...

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For the love of teaching by Stephanie Welsford
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For the love of teaching

A shared love of teaching and and a very special student bought me and my lovely wife together.  So,...

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Defeating the Marking Bag by Stephanie Welsford
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Defeating the Marking Bag

Holidays are very lovely but they inevitably involve a big bag of marking lurking in the corner of my...

#marking
Sharing a Berger by Stephanie Welsford
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Sharing a Berger

This morning I shared some ideas on Ethic of Excellence and stretch and challenge with our whole staff....

#excellence
Back to Teaching Basics by Stephanie Welsford
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Back to Teaching Basics

I really enjoyed my classroom teaching today, and thank goodness for it in the face of dull, middle management...

#pedagogy
Sex In The Classroom by Stephanie Welsford
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Sex In The Classroom

Today in my Year 10 lesson we were discussing Charlotte Mew’s poem, ‘The Farmer’s Bride’. Examining...

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Meeting the Parents by Stephanie Welsford
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Meeting the Parents

After moving away from old school parents’ evenings under our previous head, they are back with a vengeance...

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When can we give them zero? by Stephanie Welsford
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When can we give them zero?

In this culture of league tables, high stakes, value added, progress, attainment, pressure for results...

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How to set up a classroom for survival by Stephanie Welsford
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How to set up a classroom for survival

The glorious world of middle management has massively changed my work habits. Gone are the days of spending...

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