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Staff Well-being in schools (How to support yourself.)

A guest blog from Listen Up Mentor. Every Academic Year school staff get pulled left, right and centre. Why? Because the need is great! Often schools have one or if they are lucky two mentors. These mentors are supporting the most vulnerable pupils with emotional needs. They are also at capacity leaving many children needing […]

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EdRests

A guest post from Chris of EdRests. The post focuses on where the idea for EdRests came from and my hopes for how the platform could help people working in Education. There are many reasons that led to the creation of EdRests, below are just some of them. As a full-time head of department working […]

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An Exclusive Interview with Andrew Cowley, Author of The Wellbeing Toolkit

We caught up with Andrew Cowley, author of The Wellbeing Toolkit: Sustaining, supporting and enabling school staff, who shared his thoughts on affordable wellbeing, and not being recognised in Sainsburys (yet). What sparked your interest in school staff wellbeing? I suppose I have always had a deeply ingrained sense of fairness, something my grandmother instilled […]

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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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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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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 […]