A blog where I mine my experiences of the end of year ‘pack-up and preparations’ with a few quick tips to ensure you get the most out of your summer holiday. Oh, and a tenuous link to one of the most notorious football kits ever.
The end of the academic year is almost upon us and with it comes the annual classroom tidy-up and pack away. As the old saying goes, “It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it…”
Be ruthless – if you’ve not used it in three years, the chances are that you’re not going to. Tough I know. A couple of summers ago I finally sent my old Junior Education magazines to the paper bank. They were great resources: at the time (circa 1995 – 2000). However, there have been goodness knows how many reinterpretations of the National Curriculum since then and even the gorgeous topic posters look dated by today’s standards.
But not too ruthless – if you still keep a paper diary (and I do), don’t throw it out just yet. I‘ve lost count of how many times I’ve needed to go back through my diary to check the dates of: a course I attended; meetings I’ve had with colleagues or parents; or to help determine which week should be set-by for the disco/school fayre/trip because it had worked so well last time.