Run by teachers for teachers, a fantastic scheme to spread a little sunshine into teacher's lives everywhere.
The idea is simple - sign up to swap gift boxes with another teacher.
"The #Teacher5adayBuddyBox can consist of anything from letters of positivity such as ‘open when…’ letters to open throughout the academic year to small gifts like candles, socks etc. to help your buddy look after themselves. Of course a bit of stationery never goes a miss and perhaps something personal just to show you care.
If you wish you can even make your box follow the 5 components of #teacher5aday with something to help your buddy to notice, connect, exercise and learn. Volunteering is covered by sending a buddy box in return."
Based in Norwich, we provide innovative training and coaching packages for Primary Educators. We offer a range of bespoke services to schools and independent teachers and trainees. The model is designed to fit your need - from one-to-one coaching to large group training. Our flexible venue packages enable our clients to choose the venue which makes them feel most comfortable; school, a neutral training venue, your own home, or even a cafe or pub! Our aim is to provide a professional practical experience focused on support and impact.
What impact will I have on your school?
Outstanding teaching and learning
Confident and motivated staff
Supported and skilled NQTs
Organised and efficient classrooms
High retention rates
"Think differently and gain the benefits"
Coaching literally means ‘to transport a person from one place to another’ (think about the old style stage coach).
Coaching is a type of learning where the coach supports you to make decisions and take actions which are of benefit to you.
We are all unique and the only person who can know best about how you will succeed is yourself!
As a coach, I will support you to discover what will be the most beneficial actions to take.
My role is to structure the conversation to aid:
ü Identification of your goal or preferred future
ü Consideration of your options
ü Choice of the most suitable course of action
ü Provide support
ü Provide a measure of accountability
ü Recognition of your strengths and celebrate achievements along the journey.
Coaching can be delivered in a variety of ways which best suit you:
i) by Skype
ii) by face to face meetings
iii) by phone call
iv) by email
School counselling – promoting psychological well-being for teachers and support staff
Schools are not always easy places to work. As well as the demands and expectations placed on pupils, teachers, including head teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff can also be affected by stress, anxiety, conflict, behavioural and other problematic issues. Thankfully dedicated school counselling and mediation services are available to provide much needed help and support.
How can I help you?
With a career spanning nearly 40 years in education, both mainstream and special schools and currently in post, I can say ‘I’ve been there and I am still there!’
I understand the culture of schools and the dynamics within a department. The constant pressure to keep up with new initiatives and the resulting workload. Needing to feel valued and supported and feeling confident to express your opinions. Don’t wait until you are completely burnt out before seeking help, so that you can put a stress management strategy in place.
I can help you to gain clarity. First of all, to define and understand the causes of stress and how to recognise stress in yourself and others.
Together, we will identify your own particular stressors—from the outside and the inside, then work together to create your own blueprint for recovery.
This may include:
Relaxation and wellbeing techniques
Writing for emotional release
Creating a better work/life balance
Goal setting and other skills
Most importantly, I would like to help you to learn the tools of Resilience (the power to bounce back), so that you can thrive in any situation, to experience fulfilment and satisfaction at work and in your personal life.
I offer one to one stress management coaching for teachers as well as workshops for larger groups and organisations.
We want to keep teachers in teaching. We do this by being the only charity in the UK to provide practical and emotional telephone and online support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to any teacher, at any stage of their career, at any age, in any role, in any type of school, with any union.
Do you want to retain your best teachers?
Do you want to optimise your teachers' investment in the school?
Do you want your teachers to go that extra mile?
Do you want your teachers to get the best results from their pupils?
If the answer is 'YES, YES, YES and YES', then you need to offer them Wellbeing Coaching…
Hannah Massarella, founder of Bird, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, having trained with the highly respected Coaches Training Institute. Hannah has worked in the non profit and public sectors for over ten years. Having burnt out whilst working in advocacy for female survivors of violence Hannah decided there must be a way other passionate, intelligent and creative individuals could continue to do similar work but in a sustainable way, that didn't impact their health.
Hannah, along with her fellow CPCC colleagues at Bird, now brings Co-Active coaching into non profits and public sector organisations, working with everyone from CEO to individual staff members. The key areas of focus are:
- Being with difficult emotions
- Recognising and 'taming' self sabotaging thoughts
- Establishing core values and purpose
- Acknowledging and celebrating core skills and strengths
Key outcomes include increased sense of empowerment, stronger leadership skills, feeling more 'in charge' of external challenges, greater ability to 'be with' challenging situations (aka increased resilience) and feeling more at peace on the inside.
A Coaching Revolution by coaching in schools expert Annie Boate is the ultimate guide for headteachers, school leaders, teachers, NQTs and support staff in any phase or context (including SEND schools) who genuinely want to become ‘even better'. The Coaching in Schools approach provides a fresh voice in education at a time when one in 83 teachers (3,750) are on long-term leave for stress and mental health issues in the UK (Lib Dem Research, January 2018). What’s more, Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2016/17 – a rise of 11% over the past two years. One in five of these sessions took place in May – the month when many pupils face upcoming exams telling counsellors they were struggling with subjects, excessive workloads and feeling unprepared.
Annie’s unique, tried and tested coaching system has no ‘sell-by’ date. It prevents school staff wasting time, energy and money on the wrong things. Jargon-free and easy-to-follow, Annie injects powerful, simple and practical coaching strategies that can be implemented instantly. Her 12-step model is fast and efficient – it takes around 15 minutes to put into practice!
A Coaching Revolution helps educators get the best out of their colleagues and students. Too often people over-complicate things or present a load of waffle, fluff or stuffy academic theory in so-called ‘coaching’ guides. If that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for then this book is definitely not for you! Annie’s coaching style is different and as such her book reflects her refreshingly down-to-earth and informal approach. Following coaching, staff and pupils report going from feeling ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘under pressure’ to feeling ‘confident’, ‘motivated’ and ‘empowered’, achieving things they previously deemed ‘impossible’.
Get your copy at: http://bit.ly/schoolwell
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