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The Chronicles of Wellbeing: The Prologue…

A guest post by @sunshoweradvise The school staffroom culture is a very different one.  Half the time I believe only those that work in education really truly understand the goings on between the walls of a school and how staff function daily.  It’s not the 9 ‘til 3 job, with weeks’ worth of holidays that most […]

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Focus on inclusion and wellbeing

  A guest post by @Mfeildorf Teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers! Ask any teacher about the buzz they get in the classroom when they have planned a lesson that gets everyone engaged and having fun learning. The penny drop “AHA!” moment that fires up a child and makes them a few inches […]

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TOO MANY TABS OPEN?

A guest post by @Claire_Fuller Do you sometimes feel that you’re juggling far too many activities and that something needs to change? Or perhaps you feel stressed or anxious but can’t quite work out why? Are you spending too much time fire-fightingand not enough time working proactively? When we are trying to do too many things […]

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Ten Years Since I Quit Teaching

  A guest post by @MikeTylerSport It dawned on me this week that I am approaching the ten year anniversary of quitting teaching after the first half-term of my NQT year. This post is a reflection on what went wrong then, why I’m still in teaching, and, perhaps most importantly, what I’ve learned from a decade […]

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Everybody needs (a secret buddy)

A guest post by @chemDrK Best of times, worst of times I came into teaching “late”, and when I was deciding whether to make the leap into the classroom, I spoke to a wise, experienced teacher (my dad!). He said I needed to consider the fact that I would spend the majority of each working day away from my colleagues. As […]

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Our Focus This Year is Wellbeing

A guest post by @Exe_Head. Along with many other schools, this year the key focus of our School Improvement Plan is to ‘improve the wellbeing of staff and children’ We chose wellbeing as a focus for many reasons: We are a happy and stable staff, and my colleagues are a fabulous group of people who look […]

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Workload Challenge: Funding for Schools

This week the NCTL invited applications to access up to £30,000 in funding for research projects on implementing the Workload Challenge. For each area (marking, planning and resources, data management) groups of schools can submit a bid to fund a 7 month research project. Applications should be made by a lead school, with a good or outstanding Ofsted grading, […]

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Make Meetings Quicker, Efficient And More Effective

A guest post from @htcoaching. Meetings can be essential and productive, while often being unnecessary and a waste of time. There are a few ways to ensure that they are the former as much of the time as possible. Firstly, recognise that the time allowed for them is not always appropriate. It’s usually too long. Meeting times tend […]