Author Archives: johntomsett

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.

This much I know about…the value of choosing English Literature A Level

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about the value of choosing English Literature A Level. Studying English Literature A Level changed my life. … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why I am not taking my pension (even though I could)

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 55, this much I know about why I am not taking my pension (even though I could). A teacher’s 55th birthday is … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how I have transformed my own teaching

I have been a teacher for 31 years, a Headteacher for 16 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about how I have transformed my own teaching. I never thought I would transform my teaching in … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why a song speaks to my soul

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about why a song speaks to my soul. According to Seamus Heaney, when a writer’s work speaks … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why a teacher’s job is more important than ever

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about why a teacher’s job is more important than ever. One of my favourite reads of the … Continue reading

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This much I know about…helping students avoid making nonsensical interpretations of poems

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about helping students avoid making nonsensical interpretations of poems. One of the most frustrating misconceptions I hear … Continue reading

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This much I know about…what I am doing to make my Alastair Campbell jam jar taller

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 54, this much I know about what I am doing to make my Alastair Campbell jam jar taller. To say I know … Continue reading

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