Iconic Iceland: 10 day road trip

Iceland is having a bit of a moment. The ‘land of fire and ice’ has been firmly on peoples’ radars since its massively disruptive volcanic eruption in 2010 (who knew that it was so close?), and interest was peaked after this nation of just 320,000 people dumped England out of the Euro 2016 football tournament….

Cuba in 2 weeks

Speak to any traveller and ask them which country is a ‘must see’ in the next few years, and Cuba will come in the top few (if not top) every time. Despite Obama’s efforts to restore relations with the country in 2016, tourism from the United States has yet to kick-in, though change is happening…

This election is May’s opportunity to win over a generation of young voters

As the bright minds at CCHQ add their final touches to the Conservative election manifesto, media speculation continues to go round in circles, asking questions about the same few policies: will the Tories scrap the ‘triple lock’ on pensions? Will they commit to not increasing VAT and income tax? Will they drop their previous pledge…

My top tips for new teachers

Having taught for the past four years, I’ve been asked by a few friends, who are new to teaching, for some tips and advice. With the first half of term out of the way and the gloss of the new job wearing thin (what with the late nights planning, the endless piles of marking and little…

On the European Union and democracy

Life as a Politics teacher has been somewhat challenging over the past couple of months, with seemingly everybody you meet asking you for your well-reasoned standpoint on the impending EU referendum. However, despite reading widely, talking to many colleagues and friends, watching endless panel debates online and even teaching an entire year group about the…

Southern Sri Lanka in 10 days

Being a teacher, the Easter holiday provides the perfect opportunity to get away for a substantial period of time. March/April also happens to be the best time of year to visit many tropical countries, so having heard many positive reviews, I decided to visit the island of Sri Lanka for 10 days in April 2016….

Four reasons why textbooks can improve our schools

There is a pernicious dogma in our schools, largely thanks to the 2005 Steer Report and poorly trained Ofsted inspectors, that lessons should contain ‘jazzy’ and ‘whizzy’ exercises designed to engage students in their learning. A failure to do so, the conventional wisdom suggests, will inevitably lead to poor behaviour amongst pupils (and this is entirely your fault as a…