Raised in Kent, I graduated from The University of Birmingham in 1999. I then travelled around Europe, living and working in the Czech Republic before going to Sydney for a year and then Sweden for three years. I now live in the UK as the mother of three young children and a secondary school English teacher.
I was planning lessons for a year 7 class today, about short story writing and how to create a three dimensional character. One of the ways we learn about a character, I teach them, is through what other characters think, say and feel about them. It occurred to me that this is perhaps at odds with the rather modern concept that we should worry less about what others think and instead be brave and confident in ourselves.
I rarely remember my dreams. I suspect this is because they are rarely unusual or noteworthy enough to hold on to, too often revolving around the pile of marking or the imminent Ofsted inspection to warrant using precious memory space!
I never expect anyone to know what Rett Syndrome is. In the three years since Hannah was diagnosed, only twice has someone responded with ‘ yes, I’ve heard of that’, and both times it was because they had seen a documentary about Coleen Rooney’s sister.