Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…Heaney, Hughes, Cook, fishing and me!

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about Heaney, Hughes, Cook, fishing and me! By 9 am this morning six friends had sent me … Continue reading

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This much I know about…seven basic tips which might help NQTs teach from the front

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about seven basic tips which might help NQTs teach from the front. It is hard to support … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how we can make our schools feel more social for colleagues during the pandemic

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about how we can make our schools feel more social for colleagues during the pandemic. One … Continue reading

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This much I know about…my dad’s legacy

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about my dad’s legacy. My dad was born 93 years ago today. And he married my mother … Continue reading

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This much I know about…managing my mental health

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about managing my mental health. I have just finished Alastair Campbell’s book Living Better: how I learned to … Continue reading

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This much I know about…what students remember most about their school days

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about what students remember most about their school days. This tale comes from my forthcoming book, An Angler’s … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why now, more than ever, teachers need their headteachers to teach (if they possibly can)

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about why now, more than ever, teachers need their headteachers to teach (if they possibly can). This … Continue reading

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This much I know about…fully reopening school, why we all now need a garden and my angling addiction

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about fully reopening school, why we all now need a garden and my angling addiction. It is … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why teachers need to have interests away from work

I have been a teacher for 32 years, a head teacher for 17 years and, at the age of 56, this much I know about why teachers need to have interests away from work. I have just had my pacemaker replaced. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…planning for “catch up” when our students return in September

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a head teacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about planning for “catch up” when our students return in September. There is so much catastrophising … Continue reading

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