At the risk of being lynched by colleagues, I’m going to suggest that my own subject – English – is more ‘rigorous’ than other subjects. By which I mean it’s far more planning and assessment heavy. Yes, I’m looking at you, PE and IT… please don’t pound on me PE teachers, I never did like contact sports! Beyond explores teacher equality in the classroom… Continue reading All Teachers Are Equal, but Some Teachers Are More Equal Than Others
Once upon a time, I was in love with teaching. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t for me. This is why I left teaching: the job that broke my heart. Continue reading Why I Left Teaching: The Job That Broke My Heart
Know a stressed teacher or two? It’s no surprise when you consider the recent revelations on teacher working hours and their never-changing work-life balance… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: Is a 50-Hour Week the New Normal?
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
Got some unread books on your shelf? Here are 5 good reasons to get reading them over the summer. Continue reading Five Reasons Teachers Should Take Time out with a Book
Judging a professional on unforeseeable circumstances is obviously unfair – yet teacher standards are judged all the time! I wonder what it would be like if others were treated the same way? Like doctors, for example, or maybe dentists… Continue reading Teacher Standards: If Other Professionals Were Judged like Teachers…
Teaching is an incredible, awe-inspiring profession that undoubtedly takes over our lives at some point. So too does it take over the lives of our partners…our poor, poor partners…here’s to our amazing non-teacher other halves… Continue reading Teacher Life: Why Non-Teacher Partners Are Amazing
Penny talks us through using her idea of a ‘happy place’ when things get tough. Continue reading Wellbeing: Where’s Your Happy Place?
Imagine the scenario: your colleague in the classroom next to you has been noticeably quieter recently. They have stopped going to the staff room for lunch, isolating themselves in their classroom and often working late into the evening. Far from … Continue reading Wellbeing: Spotting the Signs
When you’re a teacher, you learn fairly quickly that your job is fair game. Most people went to school, so most people have an opinion on how schools should be run. And the more relaxed these people get, the more … Continue reading 5 Topics to Avoid on a Date with a Teacher