I’m a teacher. From the north. Living down south. There, I’ve said it all. Ok, then, a wee bit more…
Before teaching, I did various policy jobs in Government and for charities. I ended up being a speech-writer for a Cabinet Minister…then the chalk and board came calling.
The aim of this blog is to combine two interests; politics and education. It’s a look at the political world from my classroom window, if you like. It’s not set up to be in any way comprehensive, definitive or impartial. It’s my views on whatever come to mind at any given point. If you want to know my place on the political spectrum, I’m a ‘lefty’ rather than a ‘righty’; a Labour Party member, but not a sycophant.
If I’m being honest, the main motivation has been the emergence of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government and a profound bafflement at some of the slightly odd policy ideas which popped up from the Conservatives (in particular) during the election campaign. I didn’t agree with everything Labour did – far from it – but I was on board with the broad direction of travel. Times have changed. I feel a sense of unease about what lies ahead and this blog is designed to provide some kind of cathartic release.
I hope you enjoy it (you can also get follow me on Twitter @pencilpapertest – just click the link on the right).
P.S. Take a look at my very first post to explain why the blog is called ‘pencil and paper test’.