Ryan Bate

Geography. Teaching. Politics.



Good life, good politics

At the start of 2015 I wrote a post about progress. At the time, I'd been reading some work by US psychologist and educational Howard Gardner and looked at notions of social progress and the role of education within this.... Continue Reading →


The unreachable star

To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go, To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your arms are too weary, to... Continue Reading →

Getting ahead

Shortly after being appointed as Head of Geography at my new school, I drafted a post with the intention of sharing my experience with those who may be looking at making their steps towards similar promotions. I deliberately didn't post... Continue Reading →

Spinning plates

I had hoped to post more frequently, which was a silly expectation given my change of role for the new school year. I have a few minutes now and have a few things to share, which are neither systematic nor... Continue Reading →

One day more before the storm…

...well, two actually. Just sat in Boston Logan airport, awaiting my flight back to the UK after just shy of three glorious weeks on Martha's Vineyard. It's been quite a good summer. I had a few weeks travelling through Japan... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Three Lessons

Around the start of this school year, I posted a Facebook status commenting on the upcoming year being my fifth as a teacher, which is something of a landmark as a high percentage of teachers leave the profession within the... Continue Reading →

Easy to read, harder to do

My copy of Making Every Lesson Count (2015) had arrived and I'd picked it up from home whilst on the chippy run before our Year 6 Open Evening. I mentioned it to a colleague and she, also a reader of education books,... Continue Reading →

From the archive: Not far from anywhere

Before starting this new blog at the turn of the year, I used to have another blog which dated back to before I started teaching. I was looking through my old posts, some of which are sat offline, and I found... Continue Reading →

This much I know…about John Tomsett’s book on teaching

I am 28 years old, I have been teaching for five years and this much I know about John Tomsett's book on teaching. John Tomsett is the headteacher of a large comprehensive school in York. He has been blogging about his... Continue Reading →

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