Should there be a minimum age for teaching?

Recently I have begun to read more teaching literature to familiarise myself with the teaching world in preparation for my PGCE applications. Part of this reading has included the Times Educational Supplement (TES) magazine as it has some interesting articles and discussions about teaching practice and training.

The latest issue included an interesting question from thier online forum, that of whether or not we should introduce a minimum age for teaching. This is a particularly hot topic in my house between me and one of my younger housemates who also wishes to become a teacher. Like myself, she wishes to become a secondary school teacher but feels with only a year of her life not spent in education she lacks the authority to teach children less than ten years younger than her.

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Freshers, final year and performing poetry

University is back on!  Last week was my last freshers as an undergrad (I would imagine as a university student generally but I don’t like endings) and I actually managed to remember to not book myself in work so I could enjoy it.  I managed to make it to four  – count ’em, FOUR – separate events this time, an all time high in my three years.  They were all most enjoyable and we seem to have a very lively, friendly group of freshers this year.

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The Strangeness of Research

I’m usually pretty good at inspiring myself when it comes to writing new things.  I’ll scour favourite sites for articles, pictures or stories that are interesting to me.  Some, such as Stumbleupon, will link me to wonderful posts or pictures that immediately bring stories or poems that flow straight onto the page.  Twitter is always a personal favourite, not only because I follow several newspapers and magazines, but the other authors on there often link to fun and interesting material that can spark an idea.

My latest piece of inspiration came from, of all sites, Facebook.  One friend posted a link on another friend’s page which intrigued me.  It was titled The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games. Now I am a huge Hunger Games fan so immediately headed over to the page.  And it was not quite what I expected.  On this page it charted the rise of the distopian novel through the last century and what trends followed its rise and fall. Continue reading

Is Theatre Still Theatre When it Can’t Be Performed?

***** WARNING – This post contains quotes of a violent and disturbing nature *****

In particular I’m talking about Sarah Kane and her ‘in-yer-face’ approach to theatre.  I have recieved my reading list for a few modules next year, and top of the Contemporary British and American module is Sarah Kane’s Blasted.  The only experience I have ever had of Kane’s writing is a brief attempt at reading 4.48 Psychosis.  And it was very brief.  I opened it on a page that I can’t even quote.  Have a look for yourselves.

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5 Books I Didn’t Read This Summer (But Wanted To)

Being at university obviously means a lot of reading to do, especially modules that include Creative Writing and Theatre Studies.  On average in each module we’re looking at a different play every two weeks (across four modules that’s two plays every week – pretty hard going).  However, I still continue to buy ‘fun’ books throughout the year to save for my summer reading list.  Sadly, this summer it took a long time to recover from my studies and so a lot of these books are still sat waiting on my shelf.  Here are the five I was most looking forward to enjoying but that will probably have to wait until next summer. Continue reading

The Many Incarnations of Tintin


As I child I read avidly, anything I could get my hands on.  I particularly loved anything my older brothers read – what younger sibling doesn’t emulate the older ones in an attempt to be accepted?  For me this included Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and (possibly my favourite at the time) Tintin.  While the others were fun, Tintin has the added joy of pictures!  Here was a wonderful story that, instead of giving you lengthy descriptions of location or character appearance showed you in full colour.  They were big books so you really felt like you had achieved something, while still having the right amount of words that you could finish in a day or two. Continue reading

Review – Ghost the musical at the Bristol Hippodrome

To some Ghost will always be Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore doing the sexiest pottery you have ever seen while the Righteous Brothers plays softly behind. This is so for me, but when it was announced the new musical would be touring I was intrigued and keen to see it, if only to see what sort of adaptation had been made.

 In some respects it was without a doubt the most spectacular thing I have ever seen on stage, and several times my mind was blown attempting to grasp how effects were done. Sam walked through the door – yes straight through it, on stage, right in front of you. Objects flew in slow motion and were moved with no one near to touch them. Whatever magic was done was done perfectly seamlessly and left everyone frozen in amazement.


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