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What makes you happy isn’t what an advertisement or jingle tells you makes you happy.
What makes you happy can only come from you.

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I always get goosebumps when I hear that line from the song “Summertime”……
and I am sitting here humming the tune and thinking about a very lovely summer term with so many interesting things that happened to me. I will just write about two at the moment, more later.

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Watch this space!

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This might be the last blog that I ever write.

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I have never seen my art teachers so tired by the way, and it isn’t because of the teaching of the subject. It is because of the constant demands on them for data crunching, marking, proving progress, justifying why pupil A (I’m not even sure kids have names anymore by the way) isn’t on target for a GCSE grade that a software programme invents for them and which doesn’t relate to their ability in the subject, attending meetings and insets which sometimes ask teachers to apply generic approaches to their own subjetcts- many of which simply don’t work. Purple pens and green pens and orange and yellow highlighters and “verbal feedback” stamps and post it notes cluttering up desks and headspace. Observations, observations, observations. Who gets time to teach these days?

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