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Finding time, space and empowerment

A guest post by @TeacherEmpower Wondering whether I was having a heart attack or a panic attack on the way in to work should have been a wake-up call. The next wake-up call should have come from the relief I felt when I realised that it was my old friend panic attack. The relief came […]

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In praise of…Teaching!

A guest post from Jon of @EVCWeb. Whilst writing the last few blogs I have tried to, and probably failed to convey the condition of modern teaching as I see it. That can often be somewhat doom-ridden with daily reports of crisis, recruitment deficits, and a general atmosphere of malaise. This is not helped by […]

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Love is the answer

How compassion fixed me: and how it can fix our schools. A guest post by @andy_samm. I ignored all the warning signs. The signals my mind was sending to my body that things weren’t ok: wakefulness, never doing anything fun, not speaking to my wife, not seeing my family. It lasted around six months, but […]

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Loo or lunch?

This week I put out a Twitter poll asking if teachers had had breakfast. The results were initially surprising to me, a diehard breakfaster. I’m aware enough to know that some people just don’t do breakfast, but I was surprised at the amount who weren’t. Before you point it out, I am very much alive […]

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Teacher workload. We don’t all go home at 3pm

A guest post from @Framheadteacher The reason I get my hair cut at Jaff’s* on Gosforth High Street (other than the very reasonable £9 it costs me) is that the person cutting my hair doesn’t try to engage me in conversation.  It’s the same reason I let my wife sit next to the driver when […]

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Do Less DISCIPLINING Better

A guest post from @the9to5teacher.   Having recently had the annual ‘settling in’ parent meeting, I was slightly surprised with how many parents asked about ‘does my child disturb the class? / Are they well behaved? / Do they chat too much?’ as the meetings were rounding off. All of which I replied with, “Absolutely not; that […]

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A more altruistic advent?

  Got your advent calendar yet? What have you gone for? Dairy milk? Lego? Craft gin?  What about something a little more nourishing this Advent? It’s becoming increasingly popular to use this time of year for reflection and there are plenty of options for staff and students to have a more thoughtful advent this year. […]

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The system for appraising teachers is totally broken

A guest post by Bruce Greig of SchoolStaffSurveys.com.  There’s something very wrong with the way teachers are appraised in England. On the one hand, every teacher reports receiving a formal appraisal. This is great. Especially compared to, say, Italy where nearly three-quarters of teachers say they have never been formally appraised. On the other hand, half […]

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Book Review: Ten Traits of Resilience by James Hilton

  James Hilton‘s new book takes a look at resilience and how school leaders can build theirs. It is built around James’s own personal experience, not only of a breakdown in his own resilience but also in the many successful years he spent in primary school leadership.  It is peppered with personal anecdotes and vignettes […]