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Post by Gracie on Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:50 am

Buckingham Palace tour was great... even if you're not into royalty, it's the history and take-your-breath away splendor and opulence. It was also very, very well organised - despite there being about a million people, there was no more than a couple of minutes wait for anything. A lovely day, especially as a mum-and-daughter treat.
lms - Cotswold beach and park sounds brilliant; will remember it if I'm ever out that way. I looked it up on the internet; lots of folk on tripadvisor mentioned the wasps!!!!!!!
mrsp - I remember those days of driving down motorways with a car so full of student stuff that you can't see out of the windows ... and, as you get nearer to uni, you pass other families doing the same! Laura remembers her days in student houses as some of her happiest, I am sure Ellen will be the same. Don't get too stressed about the maths, 2 marks is nothing! Focus on one area at a time and you will do it. Good luck x

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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:04 am

Oh yes wasps! But same with all picnic areas but if you take a portable bbq and light it up, wasps are not a problem lol.
A lovely day out though especially if you have little ones.

Aww Linda I am sure it was nerves that got the better of you xx Glad Ellen is liking her new digs.
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Post by caffeine needed on Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:29 pm

Linda I thought from what you said on f/b you'd had a horrible time 2 marks below is nothing you will do it.
Ist day back was great children were doing 'Garbology' deciding what a characcter was like by looking at their 'rubbish' (we have had author Tom Palmer in he was born in Leeds. If you get a chance to have him in school he's great)
back to garbology. One set of rubbish included a wine cork and a cocktail umbrella passing by one group I heard one child remark well it's obvious she's an alcoholic!!!!!! One of those occasions when you just have to leave the room before you burst out laughing!
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Post by Gracie on Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:57 pm

Love the sound of 'garbology', caffeine. Bet the kids loved it! We have two INSET days today and tomorrow - some training and some planning/setting up classrooms, etc. Kids back on Thursday. Met one of our old Year 6s on the bus this morning, looking all pressed, polished and shiny, ready for Secondary school.....unfortunately he'd turned up a day early, but I guess it's good practise for the journey!
Hope everyone had a good first day back x

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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:11 pm

How is everyone? Survived your first week back and still trying to remember where the holidays went and did you actually have six weeks off??!!
I have had learners sitting their writing tests this week and a few overdue Maths tests. Results are looking good so far Very Happy
Fed up already of folk counting down to Christmas grrr! Drives me mad every year!

Helen I loved hearing about your garbology session and wish I had off been a fly on the wall.

So anyone watched Educating Yorkshire? Loved it! And so what schools are like. I have several Bailey's that attended my sessions lol and girls who come looking like they have dived head first into a tin of orange paint and had two furry caterpillars land above their eyes.
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Post by caffeine needed on Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:35 pm

lol cindy I feel as if I've been back years. Today I spent the morning going to the local leisure centre as yr 4 go swimming. One child had had a bad experience with water during the holidays and was sobbing her heart out. After a quick cuddle and a whispered 'secret' about how afraid I used to be she sat on the side with me and dangled her feet in the water while I sat next to her by the end of the session she was bouncing across the pool all smiles because Mrs C was walking around with a wet bum!!!!!!! She is getting a star badge on Friday for resilience. The afternoon was a different challenge - reception one child said not a word and the t.a. said oh dont worry nobody has heard him speak all week. Challenge thinks me by the end of the afternoon 9 words had been forthcoming mainly 'yes' but also a blue, yellow and a whispered 'bye bye' love the challenges in my life they are always totally different!
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Post by mrsp on Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:40 pm

Brilliant Helen !!
Life is different in our house at the moment with so many `events ` happening at the same time !
Mr p is away for 2 wks with the army

Ellen,my 21 year old daughter is leaving for Epsom University on Saturday

Im still unemployed Grrrrr

Mon eve I started gcse science

Thursday I go back to hospital for my biopsy results (breast lump)

Oh and Ive lost my phone battery charger so no phone as my battery has died !

So as you can imagine its a bit mad ! Rolling Eyes xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hope everyone is ok ?

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Post by caffeine needed on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:41 pm

ha gcse science if I taught my kids in the same way there would be a riot lol
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:13 am

Surely someone else should have tried to get the child to speak!! Well done you!

A huge well done to Ellen and Linda you are now employed I see on facebook. Way to go you!

Mad time at work, how I do it I don't know.
I teach English and Maths Level 1/2 and then at entry level and CYPW 2/3. 5 sets of planning and resources to complete!! And booking exams, invigilating, keeping records, CYPW assessments/observations. What a Face
I need to slow down me thinks a little! Very Happy

I had a visit to my solicitors 'shrink' yesterday to discuss the after effects of the accident and came away with red, puffy eyes and my nose looked like Rudolph's! Talk about therapy! So glad hubby was with me. Hopefully now that will be the end of all the specialists and my claim can move forward a lot faster and I will get my new teeth and closure on the whole incident. I need this to be able to move on.

What are we all up to this weekend? I am off visiting as usual on a Saturday and taking Ella with me as Mum is working.
Oh and hands up those that have had the heating on!!
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Post by caffeine needed on Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:38 pm

cindy you are really far too busy take care of your health my dear.
I think they were giving him 'settling in' time and said he cried if they tried to get him to talk. However my idea was if he got used to not talking he would be a 'silent' child so I thinks the sooner the better. At first I thought I was never going to get a sound but I'd set up a game and all the children had to say 'yes' if they were ready for their turn - no yes no turn!!!! Amazing what a child will do when excited!
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:18 pm

My thoughts exactly and you wouldn't want a selective mute child. He wouldn't thrive! Well done you.

I know Helen my hubby says the same. I do wish I had more time to sew Very Happy
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Post by Gracie on Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:47 pm

lms - That's an awful lot of planning, teaching and assessment! And, as we all know, students are people not robots and there must be a hundred and one other problems that come up every day and need you to support them and sort them out - which I am quite sure you do. You always sound like a really strong person, but you MUST take care of yourself and have some 'me' time.
Have resisted putting the heating on yet, but thinking about changing the duvet for a more snuggly one tomorrow! What's happened to the summer? Hopefully we'll get a few more weeks yet ...........
We've had a pretty good start to the term with our new Year 6. As always, we look at them and think 'How will they ever get to where they need to be by next May?' but I'm sure most of them will do it. Nine of them have been off to take the Grammar School test today, for a neighboring borough which still has grammar schools (we are all comprehensive in our borough). I felt so sorry for them, it's such a lot of pressure. One child said 'We've got to write an essay, and I don't even know what an essay is!'

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Post by Hufflepup on Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:15 pm

Hi everyone! At long last have managed to get back on! Eventually gave in and got LMS to reset my password ..don't know what went wrong would let me view but not comment, then this last few weeks wouldn't let me in !
Have been following news , so well done Linda on your results both health and exams ! Ps, if you haven't found your charger .... Can you not charge it via your USB cable that you use to upload pictures. Hope you get closure soon LMS with accident and claims and please do make sure of me time!
Helen well done in getting the child to take part ! Hope it continuesxx
Gracie, know what you mean about the year 6 and grammar exams. I had 18 of ours for the first week , while the rest (52) went on a residential course because they were taking exams this week. Although the main ones for our borough are 1st October.
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:01 am

Gracie I am teaching adults so not too bad on the needy side...well some days I am a finance officer, CAB and counsellor lol. Having said that here I am on my day off and booking exams, typing up letters and emailing work! I spent all day yesterday planning level 2 and 3 CYPW but I know my planning will hit all the criteria and my learners will pass this unit, so I am pleased with that. Good luck to your pupils that are doing the grammar school test, fingers crossed.
Glad you are back Liz, we missed you x
Linda I hope you got that call this morning and are employed again x
How many weeks is it till half term, four?
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Post by Hufflepup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:44 pm

You mean we have only been back two weeks!! ,
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Post by mrsp on Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:32 pm

Hi There !
I had `the call ` on Wednesday `this week at 8.40 am and I was there by 8.50 -go me !!! Im up at 6.15 each day and ready by 7.30 just incase the phone rings .
I have so far been in every class at the special school (actually its not called a special school -just by its name =Critchill school)The 1st hr was spent in the post 16 class covering a TA who had to do the hydro session.We did food tech making leek and potato soup and rolls,the 5 pupils had grown the potatos and been shopping the day before for all the other ingredients.It was brilliant and they are all so lovely.Then after playground duty I went into a different classroom
this class was the youngest and there were 8 pupils,the TAs certainly earn their wages in that class !
Ive discovered that all the staff are so lovely with no bitchyness at all,I think it has something to do with the nature of the job,every staff member is there because they want to be and there just isn't time for petty arguments !
Ellen Is now in Epsom -she is loving her course though hasn't as yet made any friends,she really likes her house mates though none of them are on her course .Im off to spend the day with her on Saturday- as its only me going I will train it (oooh what a surprise !Rolling Eyes ) Ive offered to take her friends up for the day as well .
Oooooooooh I start maths tonight 6.15 to 9.30 pm!! wish me luck !
Anyway I hope everyone is ok and surviving their 1st few weeks back (sorry Cindy)
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Post by Gracie on Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:58 pm

Glad everyone sounds OK.
mrsp - so pleased you are enjoying the job - it sounds as if you have really found the right place for you, a tailor-made job! Hope you gets lots of days there. Also good to hear that Ellen is settling down in Epsom; it's very early days yet, I'm sure she will make friends soon. Very best of luck with the Maths, that's exactly what I did about five years ago - one night a week, 6.30-9.30. I actually did have the lowest possible O level pass in Maths, but that was from about the time of Noah's Ark! When I started working with Year 6, I knew I had to do something to boost my confidence with the number stuff - and it was brilliant, I can honestly say I enjoyed almost every week. If I can do it, anyone can!

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Post by caffeine needed on Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:22 pm

another week over. Cant wait till the 9th is over and done and I can get back to living again
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:16 am

Aww Linda sounds like you are having fun there! You can do Maths chick!
I was the same as you Gracie and the thought of sitting maths was scary. I didnt do GCSE but adult numeracy level 2 and passed. Very Happy
Aww Helen take care hun x

What a week at work, can't say too much but we are all feeling quite sad at the moment Sad
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Post by caffeine needed on Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:35 pm

hugs cindy take care
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:59 am

Thanks Helen I needed that.
So the sun is shining and I can see blue sky Very Happy
Busy day today, lots of planning to do for child care and I love it! Last week's planning really paid off and my learners had a wonderful time. I love seeing that 'light bulb switching on' affect when they 'get it'.
Used one of Lita's ideas as well and they loved it, the discussion that came from it was well worth all the typing, printing ad laminating, then cutting up cards for different aspects of development in all areas, ranging from birth to 19 years!
This week level 2 are focusing on positive behaviour and level 3 still on child development.
Trying to get them all enthusiastic about writing assignments and Harvard referencing as well as reflective accounts lol. Lots of functional skills exams week after next and hopefully that will be another bunch passed and my work load will diminish significantly as we are not taking anymore learners on at the moment. Means I can breathe for a while Very Happy
Not long to go for you all before the half term hols and my study program learners take a break also. I do like my youngsters though it was a bit fraught to start with but soon got them to my way of thinking.Must get the superdrug voucher tomorrow for the learner with the most tickets!
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Post by mrsp on Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Thanks Cindy -I already have adult numeracy level 1& 2 but that's not counted as a gcse qualification for pgce they want the proper gcse certificate ,Makes me cross as I wasted 2 yrs doing the level 2 maths and now its no good Mad 
The gcse maths course is free thank goodness and the tutor was very good, you could tell he is passionate about maths by his whole attitude.Its full on from the min you enter the room,we covered 8 different topics and I ended up with 15 work sheets that we completed during the session as well as 4 pages of home work ! Despite my initial worries I managed to understand it all and only made a few mistakes .
I went to Epsom yesterday to spend time with Ellen,I met her housemates who were all lovely and managed to watch a stage of the cycle tour of Britain as it raced past Ellens window ! 7 trains and home at 8pm so was very tired -but well worth it !
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:50 pm

Bet you were ready for bed Linda and I loved the pic you posted, beautiful!
So glad you are enjoying Maths, as this is one subject a lot of people lose confidence over, me included.
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Post by mrsp on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:45 pm

Thankyou Cindy -did you see the other pic ? Ellen posted that as well Rolling Eyes 
Im applying for jobs at the moment as im not getting enough from the agency (1 day per week) is pathetic,Im after a full time post ! Im applying for a few at the moment= PAT worker,intervention worker,behaviour & vulnerability manager.They are all really interesting posts and something different than the dreaded PGCE which tbh Im not that keen on .Hope everyone is ok and enjoying the new school year . xx
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Post by Lil Miss Sunshine on Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:03 pm

Something will come Linda I am sure.
Well what an eventful couple of days I have had.
I went into work yesterday and was told that i was being 'let go'. Now to me and others that means, sacked, yes??!! Needless to say I wasn't happy and remained calm, got my stuff, called the union and hubby but not in that order. I was escorted from the building and felt shocked! To cut the story short today I have received an email via the works email saying I have been suspended on full pay. Mmmmnn me thinks, is it because when I got home my union head was put on and the email I sent her outlining the procedures she had not followed and that I requested this to be addressed immediately. I also printed said letter and posted it by registered post yesterday.

I spoke to her this morning as I had not received a reply from my email when she told me I could still access work email, when I had actually been told I would not be able to, hence I found that I had been suspended.

Why? I hear you all asking. My new DBS has taken too long! What!!??? I kid you not. Why didn't I get put onto reception or in admin? Because that didn't even enter her tiny little mind!
Here was me, clearing my cupboard, gathering my resources, saying goodbye to staff and learners coming into class for me to teach them and me having to say sorry but I am leaving. Some left in tears Sad Which started me off!
Like I said correct procedure was not carried out and it came across as being sacked and I wasn't even told any different and my boss was there while I cleared out!
I have chased DBS and they are speeding up the process because I have been suspended. The police have a huge back log due to new checks and have had my application for 54 days!!!

So question now is this, Do I go back? I want to for my learners and need to support those that would not be learning had it not been for my approach. Not to sound big headed but I am bloody good at my job! They love me, even learners I do not teach!

My trust has been broken and will take a lot to gain it back, but I will because it isn't about the money, it is about helping those that need it to succeed in life.
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