About Tabula Rasa

I’m Katie Ashford, Deputy Headteacher at Michaela Community School in Wembley, London. This blog is about education. I used to write under the pseudonym Tessa Matthews.

At Michaela, I lead on inclusion and teach English. Here, I write about a bunch of things, but I’m mostly interested in the teaching of reading and knowledge, and maintaining sky high expectations for the weakest pupils. I have pretty strong views on all of this, but I’m always open to challenge and debate.

Please feel free to follow me on twitter @katie_s_ashford. or email me at katie dot ashford at teach first dot org dot uk

14 thoughts on “About Tabula Rasa

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  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on education.

    In fact, the title of your blog first attracted me – children are indeed a blank page, what a shame we don’t write better things on that blank page.

    I share many of your thoughts, and, although my blog is new, I hope that you can find some interesting things there too.

    Please continue to share your thoughts.



  3. I’m enjoying your blog posts. I hope one day we see some similar changes to the Australian curriculum that have been put in place in the UK. I want my children to have a knowledge-based curriculum and be taught using direct instruction.

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  5. Hi Katie,

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for around a year now. I’m a 10-year teacher and have a big interest in web 2.0 and the paperless classroom in particular.

    I’ve created an app that is especially for teachers and I’d love it if you could (a) try it out and/or (b) let your readership know about it!

    It costs a few dollars to download but there are no other fees whatsoever. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, please let me know and I can organise a free download for you.

    The app information and download link can be found here:


    I hope to hear from you! Keep up the inspirational blogging!

    (Sydney, Australia)

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  9. Hi,

    I am soon launching my second novel – The Mystery Crackers: Tattooed Music.

    I would be highly obliged to you, if you would read my novel and write a Book Review for it on your Blog along with my Interview as a Novelist.

    Do let me know how can we go about it.

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