How Benjamin Zephaniah Conquered Dyslexia


Benjamin Zephaniah is one of my heroes. Apart his mastery with words, he is a poster boy for resilience. This extract, adapted from his contribution to Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories, outlines the experience of my KS3 boys who are sitting in classes (or not) right now trying to perfect their survival techniques. Sometimes we […]

7 Books To Inspire Your Teaching


In my first year of teaching I arrived at school for 7.30am, rarely left before 6pm and often worked at home until 10pm. That was before Sky + and BBC iPlayer so my social life was seriously limited! Fortunately, as the years go by, we develop systems and collect resources. However, being a teacher today requires an enormous investment of […]

Jaz on The Apprentice – “You’re Fired!” with Dara O’Briain


Fortunately, I am much better at inspiring teachers and parents to help their children succeed in phonics, reading, writing and spelling than I am selling Lucky Chinese Cats. Although the experience of being an Apprentice Candidate does have its perks. One highlight was the discovery of my cat look-a-like. Thank you Huffington Post. Onwards! I’m off […]