I was a male primary school teacher.

Some of the kinds words and compliments my blog has received…

“this blog is hilarious” Essentials magazine
“Hilarious! Funniest blog piece I’ve ever read” Topical Teaching
“I love your blogs. You are a very talented writer and your anecdotes really capture the moments vividly.” Angela Sheiwat, Head of English.
“Fascinating” The Small Fabric Of My Life
“I love your blog!” http://www.ictopus.org.uk/.
“Your honesty shines through the words” unexplainedthings.info
“Inspirational and grounding in equal measures. I nearly coughed up my Weetabix !” Iain Carruthers
“I loved your piece” Sharing Good Practice
“a really good read.” desperatelyseekingsir.blogspot.com
“I love your blog. You’re coming at the bonkers world of teaching from a really interesting perspective.” teachercreature.net
“you are making a difference, and inspiring me too” MangaHigh.com
“one of the more interesting reads I’ve had regarding the journey to becoming a teacher.” first year University Student Studying Primary Education


32 thoughts on “About

  1. Ella Rogers

    Hi! I wrote to you at teacherstalk but was not sure if you received it or not.

    I am supporting a great project called MangaHigh.com which is Maths games for 11-16yr olds that ties together great online games with math. (I wish I had this when i was young!*!). I wanted to check with you about possibly helping by sharing the link with your blog or offering any other advice for groups that may put the link on their sites/blogs/etc? Parents, educators, etc have all been really keen to hear about it as it is a brand new free resource.



  2. teachercreature

    Hi Timlondinium. I love your blog. You’re coming at the bonkers world of teaching from a really interesting perspective. Would you mind if I linked to you on my blogroll?

  3. Pixie


    I do the same job as you and am currently doing my Honours year of primary teaching also at uni. Fulltime for both and its nuts..

    Good to hear other people’s similar experiences!

    Thanks for sharing…


  4. Daniel

    Hi Tim,

    I have been reading your blog since you started posting and I’ve been able to relate to so much that you have talked about.
    I’m also a male TA working with children with SEBD and when I read a lot of your posts, I could swear that I wrote them!

    Keep them coming!


    1. timlondinium Post author

      Cheers for your comment Daniel. I’m grinding out the last few weeks. Best wishes to you in your job.

      This has been my first attempt at blogging and it’s been a revelatory experience! :)

  5. Sir

    Just stumbled across this by chance – a really good read. I began teaching in more or less the same way that you have.

    By further chance I have just posted something regarding a secondary level Pupil Referral Unit where it sounds like young Zack may be headed.

    Best of luck with the PGCE!

  6. senbloguk

    Hi Tim,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and I am a male TA myself, working with new year 7’s (and some year 8 pupils) who have SEN. I started this job after completing my A Levels last June and had no plan on going to university, but working with these children has made me determined to become a teacher (primary or secondary, undecided), so I’m working my last two weeks as a TA and going to university.

    For it, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, as I love my job, but I must leave to have that shot at becoming a teacher.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve added a link to your blog to our weekly SEN briefing, so that the special needs department that I work for can all read the accounts of being a TA (albeit a primary TA).

    I hope you keep up the blogs.

  7. Alym

    Hello everyone, I start working at a school as a teaching assistant on Monday, I am doing my DTLLS(QTS) course one day a week and four days a week will be working at the school, any advice would be great, thanks. Please feel free to add me on facebook ALYM MERALI or email me at freewebzs:yahoo.co.uk

    1. timlondinium Post author

      Congratulations Diane, yours was the 100th post on my blog! Your prize is my promise to complete the user survey and pass on to other persons on the course, Tim :)

  8. JP

    Hi Tim,

    I’m a first year University Student Studying Primary Education – may I say that this blog is probably one of the more interesting reads I’ve had regarding the journey to becoming a teacher. I’ve become hooked and I endeavor to start way back at the beginning and work my way to the present.

    Keep it up – I suppose you never know who will stumble upon this and gain a great perspective from it.

    Cheers mate.

  9. Kimberley

    Hi Tim,

    I have recently sent off my application for Primary Teaching and stumbled on this blog a while ago.

    I really like it as when I was doing work experience at a school I could relate to things like the challenge of cleaning up glitter and it has given me an insight to what it could be like for myself in a few years.

    Keep them coming!

  10. sophiefenables@hotmail.co.uk

    Hi Tim,
    I’m a third year student doing my dissertation on the experiences of male primary school teachers.
    I’ve only just happened to notice your reply on a post I posted onto teachers talk.

    Please could I send you a questionnaire to fill out?

    As i can’t find any email for you on here to send it to.

    If you need to drop me a reply my email is sophiefenables@hotmail.co.uk


  11. Abby

    Hi Tim,
    I help to run a free teaching resource website called Early Learning HQ and am currently looking for new contributors to our blog – would you be interested? I am in the middle of writing a post about some research by the LEYF about male teachers in a female world and I was hoping to get the perspective of someone actually on the front line. Could you perhaps write a short post about any difficulties you’ve had since you became a teacher? And any positive experiences of course. And perhaps something about your opinion on male teachers in general? (i.e. the workforce should be a 50/50 split, or women should be more involved than men etc.). Obviously I would be happy to promote your blog through our Facebook and Twitter and through our site.

    If you are at all interested then drop me a line at abby@earlylearninghq.org.uk and we can have a chat about it :)


  12. James Powell

    I don’t usually read blogs or post public messages. However, I felt it appropriate to say thank you for your honest experiences and down to earth humour. I have enjoyed reading your blog and it actually helped me come to a decision of my own. I have been thinking about teaching on and off throughout the last five or six years. I was never sure about teaching secondary but I was initially wary about the prospect of being a male teacher in a primary school. Having started taking the tentative steps towards it by taking a TEFL job overseas this year I am pleased to say I’m enjoying the experience. I am planning to start a primary PGCE in September 2014 in the UK.

  13. Brooke Melville (@FotoBrooke613)

    So I’m pursuing my M.Ed. and was playing around with Technorati for my Instructional Technologies class when I discovered your blog. Hilarious! Like you, my brother is one of only a handful of males in his school, and I could just picture him saying/thinking some of these same things. Thank you for finding a bit of humor in the everyday life of an elementary school teacher. I hope I’ll be able to do the same when I start teaching. Keep up the great work!

    1. timlondinium Post author

      Thank you Brooke. It’s like a weird telepathy, I always seem to get messages such as these when I need them the most. With very best wishes to you too in your fledgling career. Tim x

  14. Liza Bassham

    I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy that I came across this in my search for something relating to this.


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