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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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!

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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?

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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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Giveaway – Signed copies of The Secret of Strong Kids and the Secret of Strong Adults

Reading Time: < 1 minute We have partnered with our friends The Resilience Doughnut to giveaway signed copies of Lyn Worsley’s two new books; The Secret of Strong Kids and The Secret of Strong Adults. Terms and Conditions To enter – Retweet this tweet Entries close at midnight on the 28th of October 2018, the lucky winner will be drawn randomly from […]

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What Depression Taught Me

Reading Time: 4 minutes A guest post from @ELTbyLina In December 2015, I was diagnosed with emotional burnout / mild depression. My existence was almost unbearable (no matter how trivial it may sound). I was crying 24/7; I felt miserable and hated myself for being weak and pathetic. Life was extremely painful. Everything was painful. Waking up, blinking, breathing. I […]

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Live Well, Teach Well by Abigail Mann – Review

Reading Time: 2 minutes Live Well, Teach Well sets out its stall on the cover with the tagline “A practical approach to wellbeing that works”. In her introduction, Abbie describes the book as “a ‘pick-up-and-look’ resource for when you need it most.” This is not a book to be read cover to cover, nor does it draw heavily on research; […]