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August 26, 2011

TIP NUMBER 1 – Push to be a form tutor


So I will quickly compile my recommendations for how to maximise your GTP experience.

Without a doubt, being a form tutor / associate form tutor is an amazing thing to do. It really helped me to settle in to a routine each day, get to know a class, and gives you ample opportunity to meet a shed load of the standards. Intervention, dealing with personalised issues, finding solutions, PSHE, working with other staff members etc. You get to grips with school policy much quicker. And even more importantly, if you fall on your feet like I did with the 55 tutees I had over two groups, you quickly gain some allies in the school who will back you up and spread the gospel of how cool you are. At least that's what I think they did. Getting to know a bunch of students well as a tutor is awesome, and though the contrast from going from year 11 associate tutor during my GTP to a year 7 tutor at my new school is large, I feel prepared and excited. Things go well at my new school, I could see this year 7 form grow up throughout their secondary school career, and I could potentially be their one constant throughout their school life. Massive responsibility. I am thankful for my complimentary placement, where I was actually assigned to a year 7 form group, so I have a few weeks experience of how it should roll. I find out more about it next Thursday.

There is one draw back, I adore the tutees I had, and will now miss them. I am a bit sad not to have the chance to teach those staying to do A-Level Physics. Still it was great to see them today as they collected their GCSE results. Oh wait, I didn't.

So last week I missed seeing the year 12s and 13s get their results (mainly wanted to go to convince the year 12s to stick with Physics into A-Level) due to an unscheduled visit to a local hospital. But today, nothing was in my way. Except Kwik Fit. Currently, we're a one-car family, and its MOT was Wednesday. It failed, like me inmy French GCSE. After a number of repairs, it wasn't quite done last night. 'It'll be completed first thing in the morning.' Now this garage was 3 miles away, and was effectively a 50 minute walk away. Opening at 8.30am, I set off from my house at 8am, so I could collect it at 9am. I arrived, Icould see the car, still raised on a ramp. Waiting in reception, I settled down and played poker on my phone. After 30 mins, someone finally entered reception, 'how long will the Corsa be?' '2 hours'. '*&&(( %^%$££* )*^^*( )(*?>:L' was my reply.

So a cab and a bus got me to Brum International station, missing the direct train to Leam by 1 minute. Students collecting their results from 10-12, it was already 10.15..... I thought a train to Cov and a quick change to Leam there. So I did it. Got to Coventry station at 10:26. The hourly train to Leamington was at 25 past the hour it transpired. I was gutted. 59 minutes later I jumped on a train (next bus was 10 minutes and a 44 minute journey, and taxis quoted me £28-35), and finally got to Myton for 11.59am. All students been and gone.

In summary, I felt pretty pants after that. But, I am glad I felt pants, as my anguish was only cus I wanted to see how the wonderful 11M and Y had done, along with GCSE groups I taught. And they had done brilliantly too. I have no way of contacting them to say awesome job boys and girls, hopefully they sensed my vibe!!

My hard working girls did awesomely, Myton published their top 10 sets of results on a press release. 5 were in my form, including two of the three straight A*s. So proud! I saw how hard they worked for their grades, staying after school every night for some revision or enrichment session, and both of them were logged onto my Physics Q&A forum group the night before their exam way past midnight. Rachel and Melissa, big hand.

Thoroughly deserved, and I am stoked about it. Also by Physics results generally. Beat Chemistry and Biology, and had more A*s than any other subject, along with 100% C and above. I put a lot of effort in with revision sessions over Easter and half term in May, along with after school classes. I am sure that contributed to the success in some way.

But yeah, GTP'ers of 2011/12, ask to get involved with a form group if you are not already. That is tip number 1!!

August 04, 2011

Some might say, that sunshine follows thunder

What to do on a lousy summer holiday day.....

I require cash. Loads of it. Baby on the way, bills to pay, car to buy. I've decided I am going to write a book. Cannot be that hard can it? All I need is a few characters, a plot etc. I'll keep you updated on the progress.

I have just read the very first post I wrote back in September. Something to do with bombshells, and Jane Freshwater crushing my dreams. I also duly noted the purpose of this blog. To reflect.

Well we've all completed the GTP now on this course, so what advice would one pass on to the next cohort? I will endeavour therefore to think of 10 key points, and put them on this blog. Perhaps that'd be useful for next year's gaggle (or whatever a group of trainees is called (they are always ridiculous pub quiz questions - what is a group of ladybirds known as etc.)).

In other news, played golf yesterday. I was amazing. For the first hole anyway. Chelsea are 100% in pre-season without conceding, and Torres has bagged a couple. Liverpool are shedding goals everywhere and look hopeless. Man City are self-imploding, 15 strikers on their books, and most don't want to play for them. Newcastle seem doomed, Villa have little or no direction in where they are going. Arsenal have a want-away captain.... Spurs have reportedly hired a private investigator to rob the Hammers. Glad West Ham have the Olympic stadium, will be the best ground in League 1 in 2013! This PI story, might make for a good book you know..... I like it when the bad guy has a cunning plan and falls flat on their face, and ends up in deep water.

In conclusion, league title is Chelsea's or United's. As per usual.

Stay tuned for my 10 essential tips as and when I have these moments of clarity.

Keep enjoying the summer one and all.

Dr Steve x

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