Wellbeing: Practise What You Teach

Imagine the scene: you encounter a pupil, weeping in the playground. You go up and ask them what’s wrong, and they tell you they’re struggling with their homework. It’s all too much. They can’t cope. Or, you become worried about a student in your form who is looking increasingly dishevelled, and constantly exhausted. They’re not sleeping, they tell you. They can’t. They’re too stressed about their exams. Or, you discover that a student in your class is skipping lunch. Every day. Not because they’ve no appetite, but because they want to fit in half an hour of revision in the … Continue reading Wellbeing: Practise What You Teach

Winter Wellbeing: How Can I Look After Myself This Christmas?

Forget elf on the shelf; your focus needs to be on yourself and your mental health! Be kind to yourself. Christmas is a busy time in schools with the additional pressures of concerts, Christmas events and managing student excitement as well as your usual duties, not to mention what’s going on outside of school, like visiting family, nights out, present buying and card swapping. After an already exhausting term, you might be spreading yourself even thinner to get everything done. Make sure that you give yourself time to rest, say no when you need to and be realistic about what … Continue reading Winter Wellbeing: How Can I Look After Myself This Christmas?

Be Yourself: Should There Be Behaviour Expectations on Teachers?

One of our content writers mulls over the conundrum, to what extent should your ‘school self’ be your true self? It’s a truism that teaching involves a certain amount of acting; whether putting on a straight face or a stern one, sometimes disguising your true feelings is by far the best approach. But just how much should you sublimate the real you? Fashion Conscious For me, this question has rarely been any more critical than how far I can bend the teacher dress code… Is a suit and trainer combination ever acceptable? Is there any theoretical evidence linking the choice … Continue reading Be Yourself: Should There Be Behaviour Expectations on Teachers?