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Slow Teaching by Jamie Thom

Ever feel like you’re rushing headlong through your working day? Constantly compromising? Marking into the early hours?  In his new book Jamie Thom  @teachgratitude1 argues that we can all achieve more by doing less. Drawing on popular psychology and the latest educational thinking, he sets out a manifesto for an altogether more considered approach to […]

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Workload Research from the DFE

A huge pile of workload documents have been uploaded to the DFE website this morning. There are some great case studies on the site but they have all just been labelled  “Reducing Teacher Workload”, making it timeconsuming to navigate, especially if you are looking for a specific area. The table below lists the foci of the research. […]

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Why Schools Must Embrace Flexible Working

Flexible working in schools has been a hot topic this week, and rightly so. Recent analysis by the NFER recommended that “The Government and stakeholders in the secondary sector need to look urgently at identifying ways that accommodate more and better part-time working in secondary schools. Further research with secondary schools which successfully offer greater […]

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Mark. Plan. Teach. by Ross Morrison McGill

Who is Ross Morrison McGill? You might know him better as @TeacherToolkit, The Most Followed Teacher on Twitter/No 1 Education Blog in the UK/Top-50 #EdTech Brands Worldwide. In Real Life, he is an author (this is his third book for Bloomsbury) and a senior leader “with over twenty years of teaching and school leadership experience in some […]

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New School Year Resolutions

A guest post by @BrynShenkin Many of us set new year resolutions in January, but those of us who work in schools have another opportunity to set goals: the start of a new school year. This year I’ve got various career-orientated goals, but what I want to talk about here are my wellbeing targets. This concept […]

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The Stress Threshold – Maintaining a balance

A guest post by @chizkent There is no doubt that teaching is a high-pressured profession; whether you are an NQT, experienced teacher, school leader or work in the school office.  Learning to recognise the level of pressure in ourselves, work colleagues, students and parents is invaluable if we are to maintain positive mental health and relationships. […]

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Champion Classroom Assistants and Teachers

A guest post by Charles Christie of Education Tay School days are an enjoyable time for many students, although for others can be a restless and challenging part of their life.  For much of my time at school I spent it looking out of the window wondering what is the teacher talking about.  Yes, I did not understand […]

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What if your working hours really ARE killing you?

I couldn’t help but notice this piece in the Guardian this week.       “Now it seems that clocking up more than 55 hours a week means a 40% higher chance of developing an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF), when compared to those with a better work-life balance.” Turns out that AF, which […]

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Teaching Assistants Under Pressure

A guest post by @Ravalier  I’m of the firm opinion that the role played by Teacher Assistants (TAs) in this country is integral to the learning and positive outcomes for children and young people. In fact my 6 year old daughter’s class TA provides her the individual support and confidence she needs. However, TAs are under-represented […]