I am a 35 year-old father and English teacher working at a mixed comprehensive on the West Sussex coast. In my opinion, the classroom can be an amazingly complex place, yet the solutions are sometimes more simple than they seem. If you enjoy my blog my first book, Making Every Lesson Count, co-written with my colleague Shaun Allison, will be published in September 2015. The book looks at six pedagogical principles and the strategies that make them come alive in the classroom, combining robust evidence with the practical wisdom of effective teachers. Follow me on Twitter at @atharby. Views are my own.