Friday, 30 January 2009

Everything you need to know to survive teaching...

This week I received the advance copies of my new book: Everything you need to know to survive teaching - the second edition! And do you know what I thought, dear reader... what an excellent present it might make for the teacher in your life...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I hope you are well. I have really enjoyed looking through your blog, the scenarios you paint are hilarious and really make me laugh, but then I have to remind myself of the fact that they are all true, and it sends shivers down my spine thinking about how the next generation are going to turn out. I was trying to decide on my favourite blog but I can’t, to name a few I would say ‘Afternoon tea’, ‘Ladies’ man’, ‘Fur coat no knickers’, ‘Naivity’ and ‘Sharp wits or soppy gits’. Ok I’m getting off topic, I hope that it is ok for me to quickly introduce myself and tell you a bit about an upcoming event.

I work for a PR company called Fleishman-Hillard and we are currently working with The Big Bang, which is the UK’s first national fair celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering. The Big Bang is celebrating both science and engineering talent in the UK to ensure this talent is nurtured for the future.

The event is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London from the 4th-6th of March 2009, just prior to National Science and Engineering Week. The Big Bang’s aim is to motivate schools and young people from diverse backgrounds to embrace science, technology, engineering and maths, especially those that do not have achievements in these subjects.

Over the three days, nearly nine thousand young people; teachers; representatives from science and engineering organisations and employers; government ministers; members of parliament; and peers are expected to attend this event. It will span seven floors of the QE2 Centre, featuring compelling theatre shows, activities and hands on investigations, and opportunities to see the many real world applications of science and technology. School groups arrive for half-day sessions, where they will see one theatre show, and take part in one activity and one workshop from a huge choice.

The Big Bang is free to all who attend but spaces are limited, maintained schools have been especially encouraged. Only visiting school groups are able to register and those interested can do so at, Already 20 London schools and approximately 500 students have confirmed their attendance.

The Big Bang also features the newly established National Science Competition. Featuring 200 project stands showcasing highly innovative science and engineering projects. A number of prizes will be awarded on March 5th, including UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Technologist of the Year.

I hope that this is of interest to you, your readers, your school or even your class.


p.s. I will only be in the office until the 13th Feb (I’m leaving for Australia! Bring o the hot weather!!), so please contact if you have any more questions.

Also I couldn't find an e-mail address to send this to, so this was the only way I could send you the message =)