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8 Things to do when you are waiting for work

1.    Become obsessed by spelling and grammar. Have you, like, even read the framework for the new 2014 Primary Curriculum? YOLO, which is a  good thing I think, since one would surely not wish  to go on existing forever in a world replete with rules so richly marinaded in the juices of their own exceptions. As Susan Young (NAHT) so beautifully puts it in her latest blog, what the Fronted Adverbial is going on?

2.    Actually, reading Susan’s blog, which decodes the new Primary Curriculum and houses a ‘treasure trove’ of curious observations,  as Michael Gove may very well claim, is probably a brilliant use of your time before the term starts in earnest.

3.    Tell your partner that you are getting a (non-statutory) headache from the (statutory) guidelines on spelling rules. Laugh inwardly as they shout, predictably,  ‘i before e except after c' from the kitchen step

4.    Tell your mother the same thing over the phone. This time, laugh outwardly as she chants, ‘i before e except after c.’ Wait for her to say she supports the new government’s spotlight on grammar and then ask her if she can define a fronted adverbial for you.

5.    Listen to scaremongering news about education. Stick on Radio Four for a quick wake-up call about the terrors of teaching. This morning it's huge class sizes, no doubt all heaving with the morbidly obese, tsunaming the school gates. Kids to attend school part-time, forcing teachers to pedagog (is that a word?) their a***es off to three different groups of 75 children per day? The horror, the horror.

6.    Wonder idly about which of the pre-school illnesses will sweep through the primary schools first. Will it be that weird faintness/stomach bug, the high temperature diarrhea (now is that one on the Year 5 spelling list? If not, it really ought to be) or the vomiting bug that never quite leaves us alone anymore?

7.    Have a bad dream about teaching… come on, it’s traditional. I’m going to spare you the details of mine but suffice to say that it involves Ofsted,Year 6 and an area of Stockport that shall remain nameless.

8.    Finish the weeding,  defrost the fridge,  pay the bills, walk in hills on your own, post birthday cards. Now you and I both know that it is only a matter of weeks before we’ll be living once again in a slum of lesson plans, ready meals and box sets for the terminally Cream Krackered with a capital Kicking K.


Tags: Miranda, Primary Teacher, Supply Teaching, Teaching jobs in Manchester, Spelling and Grammar, To Do, Protocol Education

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