Let’s Talk About Wellbeing: How Schools Get it Wrong

Wellbeing can be defined as being comfortable, healthy or happy – and for many schools, they’re getting this massively wrong with piecemeal pleasantries that masquerade as positive approaches to wellbeing instead of genuine care for their staff. The term ‘wellbeing’ … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Wellbeing: How Schools Get it Wrong

5 Things All Teachers Need More Of

Teachers do a particularly important job of nurturing and fostering the minds of the next generation and while it’s not an entirely thankless job, sometimes appreciation wouldn’t go amiss. Especially during exam season. Here are 5 things teachers could do … Continue reading 5 Things All Teachers Need More Of

A Teacher’s Diary VS Non-Teacher’s Diary

New Year’s Day Everyone else: Woah, that was a good night! Will sleep it off and then think about New Year’s resolutions. Teacher: Oh no. I overdid it last night. Less than a week to go, must… do… planning. Valentine’s Day Everyone … Continue reading A Teacher’s Diary VS Non-Teacher’s Diary

Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language

Ofsted have an unerring knack of making us feel inadequate. My introduction to this came earlier than most. It came before I was a teacher. Before I’d even thought about becoming a teacher. Fresh out of university, it turned out I didn’t have the world at my feet. Instead, to supplement my limited workplace experience of checkout scanning and pint-pulling, I registered with a temping agency who sent me on a number of instructive assignments. The first was performing admin duties at the Serious Fraud Office where, perhaps unsurprisingly, temp staff weren’t included in briefings. Next came a stint at … Continue reading Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language

The Unsung School Hero

She always comes in smiling with a bounce within her walk; She’s busy but she’s always sure she’s got the time to talk. She copies worksheets, sorts them out, because I’m out of time, And when I think a lesson’s bad she’ll reassure it’s fine.   He sits with kids who cannot write and never learnt to read; He helps them to make sense of work and try til they succeed. He tidies, sorts and photocopies, makes a great display; He helps to tidy classrooms at the end of every day.   She laughs with students, shows them how to … Continue reading The Unsung School Hero