What working from home has taught teachers

What working from home has taught teachers

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Coronavirus has led to new ways of working across the education sector. But which changes from school closures are worth keeping? We asked teachers for their view
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Will a wellbeing officer become a “must have” post for organisations?

Will a wellbeing officer become a “must have” post for organisations?

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The rise of new job roles is an indicator of the rapid transformations that businesses are undergoing as they adapt to a world where the coronavirus pandemic is now a fact of life, writes Nick Matthews.
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HR tuning into the benefits of engagement

HR tuning into the benefits of engagement

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SOME BUSINESSES HAVE RE-OPENED, WHILE MANY MORE ARE PREPARING TO GET UP AND RUNNING AGAIN. THE QUESTION IS, CAN THEY OPERATE IN A WAY WHICH IS SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE FOR BOTH EMPLOYEES AND THE BUSINESS?
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Wellbeing is big business!

Wellbeing is big business!

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A relaunched wellbeing start-up has raised £1m in funding. Heka, previously GoSweat, has received pre-seed funding from Playfair Capital with participants including experienced Angels, ex-professional athletes, mental health experts, as well as the founders of Thomson’s Online Benefits
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Summer holiday working – the facts

Summer holiday working – the facts

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The government is about to announce details of ‘a huge summer of catch-up’ for pupils, but unions say teachers shouldn't be expected to work
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Wellbeing advice for men emerging from lockdown.

Wellbeing advice for men emerging from lockdown.

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In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem. It’s a well-established fact that men have traditionally been more reluctant than women to access professional healthcare support, and are more impacted by conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
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Working from home, wellbeing advice.

Working from home, wellbeing advice.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the world of work – seeing many businesses remote working – employers are learning more about the importance of effective communication
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Could this be adopted by schools and businesses for better staff wellbeing?

Could this be adopted by schools and businesses for better staff wellbeing?

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Exeter Community Wellbeing is three months old. It doesn’t sound like a long time but we are stunned by the amount of change we have seen over this period
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How can wellbeing be improved in the tech industry?

How can wellbeing be improved in the tech industry?

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Businesses are losing a lot of money to mental ill-health. The pace at which the tech industry moves and the pressure to deliver can leave staff struggling to keep up.
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How EVC can help HR managers ask staff the right questions.

How EVC can help HR managers ask staff the right questions.

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Line managers will need new skills as well as extra guidance on looking after themselves as some employees return to work while others continue to do their jobs from home
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Staff engagement – the big “takeaway” from Covid.

Staff engagement – the big “takeaway” from Covid.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the meaning of “survival”. Its impact has had rearing effects on the health, safety and well-being of the human race.
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Wellbeing v GDP. Antipodes or twins?

Wellbeing v GDP. Antipodes or twins?

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Coronavirus shows why we need an economy designed for wellbeing
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How to build mental and emotional resilience in your staff

How to build mental and emotional resilience in your staff

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The latest ONS study shows that nearly half of people in the UK experienced increased anxiety as the country’s lockdown began, which is to be expected given the unusual and unpredictable circumstances we’re all in.
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Important “takeaways” for wellbeing from Covid-19

Important “takeaways” for wellbeing from Covid-19

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Sagi is a former VP for marketing at MSN, and shifted from a career working in a large corporation to helping and supporting the wellbeing of others. For the last 16 years, Sagi has worked with individuals, couples, groups, corporate leaders, and schools in supporting mental health, development, and growth
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Employee engagement now not just a “bolt on” but a necessary embedded strategy.

Employee engagement now not just a “bolt on” but a necessary embedded strategy.

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“Employee Wellbeing” SaaS platforms have been around for some time. Both regulation and increasing stress levels and health problems in the workplace have fed the rise of this sector of tech
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Watch out Alexa!

Watch out Alexa!

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Emerging platforms: Xiaodu is riding China's smart speaker rise
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Empathy or Opportunism? Branding and political activism

Empathy or Opportunism? Branding and political activism

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Brands show solidarity with George Floyd protests, but can they contribute to real change?
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How to engage with the LGBT+ community in Pride month

How to engage with the LGBT+ community in Pride month

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As we enter Pride month, GSK marketer and commercial director at Outvertising Jerry Daykin outlines some do's and don'ts for brands hoping to reach and engage an LGBT+ audience with their media.
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Key tips to making remote learning successful

Key tips to making remote learning successful

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While nothing compares to the magic of being in the classroom, these tips make working from home more effective, says Mark Enser
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Will “real” events ever return as strongly post-covid?

Will “real” events ever return as strongly post-covid?

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Move it or lose it: now publishers run virtual events, do they hunger for a real return?
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How advertising agencies presented the end of Ramadan during Covid

How advertising agencies presented the end of Ramadan during Covid

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Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr around the world: how brands celebrated during coronavirus
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One of the big winners from Covid-Tik Tok

One of the big winners from Covid-Tik Tok

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TikTok explains why it's pitching itself on TV amid a lockdown growth spurt
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One agency’s experience of  Covid

One agency’s experience of Covid

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‘Suddenly we were like a restaurant with no diners’ – inside an agency's closure
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The logistical headache facing schools

The logistical headache facing schools

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The conversation has been dominated by the public health challenges. The operational barriers are, in many ways, more important.
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The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

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Workers around the globe are struggling with the lack of social interaction, according to a new survey by recruitment experts, Hays. What can employers do to help with the mental wellbeing of their employees
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How Zoopla is adapting to the “new normal”

How Zoopla is adapting to the “new normal”

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How Zoopla is building a new marketing strategy as pandemic hits property listings
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New rules once schools return

New rules once schools return

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Schools will look, feel and work very differently when children across the UK return to the classroom - with tough new measures put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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How are other countries managing the return to school?

How are other countries managing the return to school?

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Schools around the world are slowly beginning to open, with social distancing measures in place. But what do teachers working in those countries think of their 'new normal'? We spoke to some to find out
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How are the media covering the “return” to school issue?

How are the media covering the “return” to school issue?

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Union criticises ‘flimsy’ evidence behind Government’s plan to reopen schools
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Does “Stay Alert” work?

Does “Stay Alert” work?

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In defence of the 'stay alert, control the virus, save lives' messaging
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Exiting lockdown with a plan.

Exiting lockdown with a plan.

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I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found it incredibly hard being a human being let alone a decent leader over the past month or so. On the leadership front I’d give myself a four out of 10 tops.
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Warning of “Ghost Schools” if June reopening goes ahead

Warning of “Ghost Schools” if June reopening goes ahead

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Teaching and head teacher union leaders concerned after Boris Johnson announces more primary pupils could return from June.
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Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

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Coronavirus: Four things to remember to prepare your business for a post-pandemic world
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A success story from Covid.  How a brewery adapted to a potential meltdown

A success story from Covid. How a brewery adapted to a potential meltdown

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Beavertown Brewery enters DTC after Covid-19 wiped out 85% of business
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How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

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You join a video conference call. You’re one of nine faces on the screen. About 10 minutes into the call, your mind starts to wander and you realize you have no idea what the last person just said
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How long will Zoom lead the video chat race?

How long will Zoom lead the video chat race?

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Zoom may have the lead, but the video chat wars have only just begun
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National appreciation campaign for teachers launched

National appreciation campaign for teachers launched

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A national campaign is urging pupils and their families to get creative and thank the school stars who are “working tirelessly in incredibly difficult circumstances”.
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China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

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Schools in Denmark and China have started to reopen. Their tactics for keeping everyone safe and the experience of returning to the classroom could be a guide for the rest of the world
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Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

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Somewhere on a rocky archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, someone is taking a walk around her island home. She abides by social distancing laws, although that’s hardly difficult in a territory with a population of 52,000.
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Critical thinking lessons could be back after lockdown is finished.

Critical thinking lessons could be back after lockdown is finished.

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Leading US academic warns that 21st-century skills won't stop students from being sucked in by false information
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This is now the pressing education question of the day

This is now the pressing education question of the day

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Teachers' leaders attack 'disturbing' reports about schools reopening, and call on government to share predicted risks
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Using Zoom safely for remote learning

Using Zoom safely for remote learning

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An unexpected symptom of coronavirus has been the entrance of alien words and phrases to our vocabulary. Just weeks ago, saying “I’m zooming my friends”, “zoom-bombing” or “Houseparty hacking” out loud would have raised an eyebrow or two.
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How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

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While COVID-19 is grinding much of society to a halt, schooling has entered uncharted territory. During this time, it is important that teachers look after themselves. Fortunately, there are evidence-backed strategies that can help support teachers’ wellbeing.
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Be careful live streaming!

Be careful live streaming!

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Lock virtual classrooms and limit screen sharing to protect pupils while hosting online meetings on video conferencing app Zoom, children's commissioner says
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Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

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How can you ensure the disruption from coronavirus isn’t going to negatively impact on your staff retention? We speak to school leaders about their approach
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The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

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FTSE companies that prioritise wellbeing and engagement outperform others by 10 percent according to a study from SOMA Analytics. Similar results are apparent across a range of related studies. With such a significant impact, it’s surprising that businesses are still not measuring the impact of wellbeing activities to optimise their offering.
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Keeping healthy working from home

Keeping healthy working from home

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With more teachers swapping classrooms for front rooms, Oliver Ireland shares five ways to avoid bad home-working habits
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Tips on home working

Tips on home working

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Many businesses have begun to embrace the idea of flexible working and working from home and, in the current climate, more and more of us may find ourselves plunged into doing so for longer than the one to two days a week, which employers and employees adapt to fairly easily.
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Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

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We know the trend for people working from home is rising. The HSO says 50% of workers in the UK will be remote-based by the end of this year.
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How International schools are beating the virus

How International schools are beating the virus

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International schools around the world were among the first to close owing to the coronavirus outbreak, and so are ahead in their experience of what being closed actually means for teaching, learning and wellbeing.
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Easy steps towards mental health resilience

Easy steps towards mental health resilience

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How to improve your mental wellbeing: From gardening to singing classes Caring for our mental health should be second nature – here's how to make that happen
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Community, Corporates and Education together

Community, Corporates and Education together

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Ads We Like: Nike Football shows how sport can bring a community together and give kids hope
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From Illness to wellness

From Illness to wellness

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It’s 10 am. I’m sat on the floor gasping for breath. I’ve just had a monumental panic attack. I’ve had them before but this one terrifies me. It was the final curtain call of my body telling me to just stop
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Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

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OPINION Vox pop: What mental wellbeing initiative has been successful at your own organisation?
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Wellbeing is a priority not an option

Wellbeing is a priority not an option

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As a business owner, your employees are the backbone of your success. Most entrepreneurs and business owners know that they need to hire the right people, train them well, and create a positive company culture. But how often do you consider the importance of your employees’ overall wellbeing?
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4 ways to improve your mental health

4 ways to improve your mental health

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So, while we clearly shouldn’t need to "escape" from our chosen career, having the ability to take ourselves away from our environment – whether’s mentally or physically – can do wonders for mental health. Here's how.
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Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

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Why wellbeing works for business UK employers are finding ways to keep staff happy, healthy and committed
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Great advice on wellbeing!

Great advice on wellbeing!

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Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco, Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader at the British School in The Netherlands, sets out the six essential elements that she believes are needed to boost students’ mental health and wellbeing, both at school and at home.
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NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

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Mindfulness could reduce teacher stress – but overall there is a lack of research about interventions, says report
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How companies can facilitate digital wellbeing for customers

How companies can facilitate digital wellbeing for customers

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An important implication of digital marketing is the sheer volume of content it builds and the frequency at which it is delivered. This could lead to a sense of digital overwhelm, even necessitating a detox in some cases.
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Roll back the negativity!

Roll back the negativity!

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We all know this job is hard, writes Lisa Lockley, but lately it feels like it’s full of nothing but negativity. But it doesn’t have to be this way
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A guide to choosing GCSE’S

A guide to choosing GCSE’S

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The parents' guide to new-style GCSE selection: from the STEM and coding crazes to the new most prestigious subjects that may actually help your child succeed in life
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How to become more resilient in the workplace

How to become more resilient in the workplace

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Teacher wellbeing: 5 ways to avoid decision paralysis Stuck between choices? Is time disappearing while you dither? Louise Turtle offers her tips to help teachers be decisive
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Where have all the Heads gone?

Where have all the Heads gone?

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Exclusive: Supply of future headteachers is drying up Less than half of school middle leaders want to become heads and a third are thinking of quitting, research shows
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International dates to spice up the school year!

International dates to spice up the school year!

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Key events to inspire international education in 2020 Throughout the year there are festivals and events that offer great learning opportunities - here we compile a calendar Sponsered by the British Council
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Head warns of “helicopter parents”

Head warns of “helicopter parents”

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Head tells parents to quit WhatsApp groups so pupils learn from errors
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Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

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Teachers tell their students that mindset matters. Yet teachers do not always allow themselves space to receive those same messages of reflection and self-care.
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Conflict resolution-  a teachers perspective

Conflict resolution- a teachers perspective

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Wellbeing: How to handle student-friendship dramas Teenagers can fall out and make up within moments, but how should teachers handle more serious issues, asks Laura Tsabet
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Inset days- what do teachers really think of them?

Inset days- what do teachers really think of them?

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8 things that are inevitable on Inset day Coffee, jeans, password panics. Oh yes, and professional development. Sarah Mullin looks at what Inset days really mean
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Special school teachers lead the way in terms of wellbeing

Special school teachers lead the way in terms of wellbeing

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Revealed: Who are England’s happiest teachers?
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Becoming a Headteacher- the pitfalls

Becoming a Headteacher- the pitfalls

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5 things I didn’t learn in headship training John Stanier had high hopes for the National Professional Qualification for Headship, but instead found a frustrating lack of useful advice
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It’s that time of year again- exam timetables!

It’s that time of year again- exam timetables!

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Here is a breakdown of the exam boards’ timetables and key dates for the 2020 GCSE exams
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A lesson for all teachers that it is a profession and expectations are rightly high

A lesson for all teachers that it is a profession and expectations are rightly high

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Drunk teacher filmed in boxers by a pupil is struck off The intoxicated teacher was filmed by a pupil in the street in just his boxers and trainers and footage of the incident was posted on Facebook
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Amazing, what young people are capable of!

Amazing, what young people are capable of!

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The 20 most inspirational young people in Kent in 2019 It's quite often the people doing unheralded and fantastic work in their communities who go unnoticed
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Can schools do more on knife crime?

Can schools do more on knife crime?

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Queen's speech includes new duty for schools to work with other public services to combat serious crime and more per pupil funding in schools
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Important advice for mocks students

Important advice for mocks students

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The spectre of January exams can quash the holiday spirit, but these tips will help students prepare while leaving time to unwind
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Primary school league tables

Primary school league tables

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New primary school league table data for England has been published by the Department for Education. The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in national curriculum tests - or Sats - taken at the end of primary school
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Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

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Introducing no-notice Ofsted school inspections will merely serve to drive up teacher workload, warns Yvonne Williams
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Death by Powerpoint?

Death by Powerpoint?

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PowerPoint is under attack but used well, it is still an essential teaching tool, argues Sam Duffy
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Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

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The new GCSE system in England is in danger of "further disadvantaging the disadvantaged", research for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust finds.
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Can EVC save the staffroom?

Can EVC save the staffroom?

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I have just been reading the excellent article from @nicola_slawson in the Guardian about the demise of the staff room as a communal space. Her premise is that this could be down to three main factors:
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Will the election change anything for education?

Will the election change anything for education?

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Figures published today show the Department for Education (DfE) has missed its secondary teacher training target for a seventh year running. Jack Worth looks at what the three main political parties are proposing to solve it…
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Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

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The National Education Union’s annual independent sector pay and conditions survey reveals that pay austerity for private school staff continues unabated, despite increased pay awards in the state sector
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Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

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Working mothers are now too busy to join Parent Teacher Associations, a leading headmistress has said, as people are now less “community minded” than they used to be.
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Wellbeing a much abused word?

Wellbeing a much abused word?

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I have been really inspired by the work of What Works Centre for Wellbeing and have become to realise what a misrepresented word it really is. Wellbeing can be a catchall for so many ideas and products that are not really, in essence, anything to do with the word itself.
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Education is a hot topic in this election

Education is a hot topic in this election

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Ofsted, primary testing, adult education and private schools will all ensure that education is central to the election
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Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

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A primary school was thrust into the spotlight last month when it was revealed it was teaching children in classes of more than 60 pupils. BBC News spent the day at Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon to get a flavour of what it's like to be taught in such an environment
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Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

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Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for the third year in row, with sharp rises in tearfulness, insomnia and irritability among teachers and school leaders, research shows
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Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

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Rapper Lil Jon says he 'wouldn't make music' it if wasn't for an influential teacher
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New hotline for teachers launched!

New hotline for teachers launched!

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Verbal and physical abuse is 'going unchallenged' in too many schools, union says
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The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

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Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association (LGA).
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75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

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School pupils are afraid of telling their teacher if they are getting bullied, new research shows.
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When wellbeing is not wellbeing

When wellbeing is not wellbeing

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An endless succession of staff-wellbeing events can come at the expense of actual wellbeing, says Samantha Dubois
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How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

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Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers. In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing.
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Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

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The figures from NHS Digital, released to BBC London under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed the number of children treated for anaphylactic shock increased by 41% in the past five years
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The dangers of being too committed

The dangers of being too committed

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Working overtime is not something to be proud of – it leads to a culture of unmanageable expectations, warns Guy Doza
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Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

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Eighteen-years-olds in England who are given unconditional university offers before taking their A-levels are more likely to drop out in their first year of degree study, research finds
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England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

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One-fifth of the players expected to compete for England in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday went to the same state school.
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Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

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Government careers advice scheme will fail to reach thousands of young people, councils warn
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Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

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Urged to set their sights high, pupils feel the need to achieve excellent grades. No wonder they feel stressed, says Bernard Trafford
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Robot teachers in Plymouth!

Robot teachers in Plymouth!

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Robots can take just three hours to successfully learn techniques which can be used to support teachers in a classroom environment, according to new research.
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Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

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The Government must take action to address the shortage of psychiatrists, contributing to lengthy NHS waiting times and having devastating effects on people reaching out for support, writes Baroness Parminter.
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Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

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Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found
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Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

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Teach primary school pupils CPR and other life-saving skills from age nine to tackle low cardiac arrest survival rates, say top doctors
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GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

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The nation’s intelligence services are directly looking to recruit people with dyslexia and other neurological differences, the head of GCHQ has confirmed.
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The rise of “County Lines” slavery

The rise of “County Lines” slavery

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There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support. National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year - an increase of 807%.
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Gambling now a problem for younger children

Gambling now a problem for younger children

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Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests.Playing fruit machines was the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and scratch cards
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Mental health training for teachers

Mental health training for teachers

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UK programme aims to help teachers and mental health service providers better work together Teachers can now take advantage of specialist training to help them better support pupils who are experiencing mental health issues. It is thanks to a project being rolled out nationally following a successful pilot.
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Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

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AQA could face class action suit from parents of children who were possibly given 'incorrect' grades
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Royals back mental health awareness

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a government-run school for disadvantaged youngsters in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad
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How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

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As Brexit looms on the horizon, we ask what leaving the European Union will do to the UK’s teacher workforce
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Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

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More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment.
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The power of music

The power of music

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According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
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When wellbeing goes wrong!

When wellbeing goes wrong!

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School ridiculed for asking pupils to raise money for staff room 'biscuits and treats'
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Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

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Many parents 'overwhelmed' in helping pupils navigate the digital world or coping with mental health
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Make homework worthwhile

Make homework worthwhile

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Too often, homework is a waste of time for all involved. So here, Mark Enser gives his view on what worthwhile homework looks like
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More funding for FE vocational training

More funding for FE vocational training

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Gavin Williamson has pledged £120m for new specialist institutes in a bid to “overtake Germany” in delivering the best technical education.
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A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

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Bargain-basement biscuits, home-baked cakes or chopped carrots? Shannen Doherty explores how to keep your colleagues going
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Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

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Call for more schools to sign up to Feet First + 10 reasons to cycle, scoot or walk the school run
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Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

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Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We are not immediately aware of instances in which propaganda has been transmitted on to digital noticeboards without the knowledge of schools.
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Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

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A report recommends pupils should connect with nature. But, says Yvonne Williams, the same could be said of teachers
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New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

New study indicates summer born babies more prone to depression

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Summer-born children are more likely to suffer depression in childhood, study reveals for the first time
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Research shows poorest pupils hit by education cuts of recent years

Research shows poorest pupils hit by education cuts of recent years

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Funding for poorest pupils ‘cut by more than £220m’ in real terms since Tories came to power, figures reveal
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How to pass your NQT year abroad

How to pass your NQT year abroad

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Doing your NQT induction abroad: all you need to know
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Education unions push for teacher pay rise

Education unions push for teacher pay rise

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A group of education unions have written to the new secretary of state, asking him to boost the proposed teacher pay rise to 5%
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Are GCSE’s needed?

Are GCSE’s needed?

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Tougher GCSEs have been devised when there’s no need for a national qualification at that age, says Bernard Trafford
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How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

How inside and outside green spaces can enhance wellbeing

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What do trees, shrubs, grasses, green plants, parks, beaches, open fields, and flowering gardens have to do with your mental health?
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8 pieces of crucial research to help teaching and learning

8 pieces of crucial research to help teaching and learning

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Watches to be banned from exams?

Watches to be banned from exams?

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All watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating, says an inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams taken by pupils across the UK.
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Making the right impression in a new school

Making the right impression in a new school

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Want to make a good first impression? Adam Riches offers his essential guide to keeping your foot out of your mouth
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A salutary tale

A salutary tale

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Four days before the start of the new school year, I sat naming my personal stock of green marking pens. I doubt they will make it into October, but every year I buy a reel of Sellotape and get to work.
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Coming into the profession at 45 years young

Coming into the profession at 45 years young

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One child was asleep on his desk; another was preoccupied with her eyebrows, yet within 10 minutes of being back in a classroom for the first time in 20 years I decided to quit my job and retrain as a teacher.
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An interesting take on taxing private schools

An interesting take on taxing private schools

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Private schools should be taxed progressively for anything they charge per head over and above the average expenditure per pupil in state schools. In other words, there would be no taxes for schools that charged the same amount as state schools, small taxes for schools that charged a small amount over what state schools spend, and significant taxes for those that charge significantly higher. It would work just like income tax, with progressively higher bands.
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Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

Are schools destined to be Sunderland till they die?

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I am in debt this week to an enlightening presentation which I make no apologies for highly plagiarising as I thinks its finding are so powerful.
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The rise of home education

The rise of home education

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As the majority of children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland head (largely begrudgingly) back to school after the summer holidays, there are some that won't. In fact, an increasing number will stay at home. Home education across the UK has risen 40% in the last three years.
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Celebrities speak out in new anti-bullying campaign

Celebrities speak out in new anti-bullying campaign

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Will Poulter, Tom Daley and Peter Andre have spoken out about bullying as part of a new campaign aimed at students going back to school this September.
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Do we need a grade 10 at GCSE?

Do we need a grade 10 at GCSE?

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Some independent schools had a majority of GCSE entries awarded at grade 9 this year, with the ISC suggesting there is 'room for a grade 10'
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New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

New T levels approved of by majority of parents (who knew what they were!)

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The majority of parents believe that getting an apprenticeship gives youngsters a better chance of securing a good job than going to university, according to a poll.
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Where to get advice on mental health for students

Where to get advice on mental health for students

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A new study by YoungMinds highlights a major gap in young people’s mental health support, with 67% reporting being unable to find the support they need. We look at the ways you can access mental health support, from telephone helplines to private therapy
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A welcome boost for entry teachers, but what about the veterans?

A welcome boost for entry teachers, but what about the veterans?

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Starting salaries for teachers in England could rise by up to £6,000 under new government plans. The Department for Education said the move would make new teachers' salaries - set to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23 - "among the most competitive" in the graduate labour market.
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Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

Physical activity and mental health inextricably linked says new study

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A new study will explore the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing in Irish secondary school students. Details of the ambitious study was announced earlier this week, with the aim of at least four schools in every county taking part.
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Students want limitations on social media access in schools new study says

Students want limitations on social media access in schools new study says

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Ahead of the new academic year next week, British students are calling for tighter rules and awareness around the use of smartphones and social media in schools, according to new research.
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Recruitment crisis looming in Birmingham

Recruitment crisis looming in Birmingham

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In Birmingham, there were 41 permanent posts that were being filled by supply teachers on a temporary basis - on top of a further 34 positions that were not filled at all
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NEU raises concerns about government spending pledges to schools

NEU raises concerns about government spending pledges to schools

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Government’s £3.5 billion school funding pledge ‘still not enough’, say headteachers Concerns were also raised about a new drive on behaviour which includes backing for teachers to use 'reasonable force'
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The international schools’ sector shows sustained growth

The international schools’ sector shows sustained growth

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English-medium international schools enrol 5.6 million children around the world – up from 969,000 in 2000 – and all signs point to sustained global growth for the sector, the latest report by ISC Research has revealed.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

Effectively using feedback gained from EVC

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One the questions I get asked most about by schools once we have dealt with how the system works and...
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New survey indicates a 25 year low in child happiness

New survey indicates a 25 year low in child happiness

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Children are the unhappiest they have been for almost 25 years, new data reveals, as charity experts blame “excessive social media use” for their increasing loneliness and turbulent friendships.
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How to look after your wellbeing in the new term

How to look after your wellbeing in the new term

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Are you living the right kind of life to boost your wellbeing? Jo Steer explores the expert advice on how to prioritise happiness
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A sustainable wardrobe for the new school year

A sustainable wardrobe for the new school year

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When you work in a school, your clothes need to be smart, affordable, practical – but they can also be green. Grainne Hallahan explores how to build a wardrobe that both looks great and helps the planet
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Looming pension crisis in the independent sector

Looming pension crisis in the independent sector

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Private schools will have to raise fees or sack teachers to avoid crippling pensions crisis, union warns
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What NOT to say on GCSE results day

What NOT to say on GCSE results day

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Perhaps your students should have worked harder, but now is not the time to say so – Haili Hughes gives her top five teacher no-nos after the envelopes are opened
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Start the new academic year by looking after yourself.

Start the new academic year by looking after yourself.

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Teachers starting a new year must look after their wellbeing and not put extra pressure on themselves, says Susan Ward
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Is choice at GCSE disadvantaging state school students?

Is choice at GCSE disadvantaging state school students?

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Russell Group universities asking for relatively lower IGCSE grades means 'odds are being stacked against state school pupils
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Grade boundary controversy over BTEC Tech awards

Grade boundary controversy over BTEC Tech awards

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Ofqual has warned there are “significant lessons to be learned” from Pearson’s last-minute decision to raise its grade boundaries for the BTEC Tech Awards, which it admitted had led to “understandable uncertainty and frustration”
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Putting community back into the curriculum.

Putting community back into the curriculum.

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We trust schools to steward the children of today into the adults of tomorrow. They’re certainly apt at nurturing our ability to calculate, compete, and cram – but what about our capacity to connect?
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What NOT to do on A Level results day

What NOT to do on A Level results day

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When emotions are running high, it’s easy to panic or make the wrong joke. Here’s how to avoid putting your foot in it
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Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

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It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?
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New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

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University of Birmingham project helps teachers understand effects of social media
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Could a dog be a schools best friend?

Could a dog be a schools best friend?

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Former Education Secretary Damian Hinds suggests “well-being” dogs to be present in all schools.
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Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

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Worst schools staffing crisis in decades as new teachers quit in record numbers
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The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

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In Channel 4's The Secret Teacher, a businessman goes undercover as classroom support - and is shocked by what he finds
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Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

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A wellbeing initiative needs to be measured carefully to assess its impact. Establishing what you’re trying to improve – and determining how you can measure this – can make the difference between a successful strategy and a waste of time and money.
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How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

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WE ALL HAVE THOSE DAYS WHERE WE DREAD GOING INTO WORK IN THE MORNING.
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Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

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A GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL) could be introduced in the UK before the next general election following a campaign by a deaf schoolboy.
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Fallen short? Clearing explained

Fallen short? Clearing explained

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Ahead of SQA results day, Dorothy MacGinty reassures students that - whatever their grades - there are always options
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Is school uniform necessary?

Is school uniform necessary?

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They're expensive and have no measurable effect on outcomes. So why persist with school uniforms, asks Bernard Trafford
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Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

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Ten years on, Trevor Franse can still recall a schoolboy Joe Root unfurling a stunning, match-winning shot as if it happened yesterday
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Careers advice available after exam results

Careers advice available after exam results

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An online careers support service has been launched in anticipation of young people receiving their exam results in Scotland.
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How to spot a teacher on holiday

How to spot a teacher on holiday

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Think you're blending in with the rest of the crowd on holiday? Think again - a teacher is always easy to spot
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Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

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Why can't teachers just enjoy the long summer school holiday without feeling guilty about it, asks David James
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4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

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This job can shape you in ways that are beautiful, inspiring and – sometimes – pretty darn strange, says Haili Hughes
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Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

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There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.
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Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

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Gavin Williamson has been announced as the new education secretary, in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet line-up.
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What will the new PM mean for schools and will Damian Hinds survive?

What will the new PM mean for schools and will Damian Hinds survive?

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The Policy Exchange think tank has called on the next prime minister to continue support for a knowledge-based curriculum, reduce early years’ class sizes and make new T-levels compatible with A-levels.
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Keep kids active during the summer holidays

Keep kids active during the summer holidays

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Number of overweight children rises by a fifth because of lazy summer holidays spent staring at screens
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Teachers need to be protected from aggressive parents says Ofsted

Teachers need to be protected from aggressive parents says Ofsted

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Children are modelling their parents’ ‘abusive’ manner, Ofsted report reveals
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Ofsted: Who guards the guards?

Ofsted: Who guards the guards?

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Teachers spend bulk of hours spent on marking, planning and preparing for inspections
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Changes (Turn and face the strange).

Changes (Turn and face the strange).

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Have the reforms of the past 30 years improved educational outcomes?
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House buying for teachers in the UK

House buying for teachers in the UK

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Teachers are in high demand across the UK as the student population rises and a skills shortage gives them freedom to pick and choose where they work
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The Six Weeks of Summer

The Six Weeks of Summer

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Without question, the first phase most teachers reach is a sigh of relief! Why? Well, imagine working 60-hour weeks for 38 weeks and still not being on top of your to-do list!
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Australia leading the way on bringing wellbeing into the classroom

Australia leading the way on bringing wellbeing into the classroom

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“The classes were pretty quiet to begin with,” says teacher Edwina Ricci, who is leading a concerted push to introduce positive psychology in 27 schools across the Maroondah area.
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A parent’s guide to teenage parties

A parent’s guide to teenage parties

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The party scene is a much bigger part of teen life than it used to be. This not a puritanical comment: quite the opposite
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How “career changers” can be a staffroom addition

How “career changers” can be a staffroom addition

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I was a grizzled, senior lawyer. Now I teach history in south London
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Chinese students studying in the UK up 30%

Chinese students studying in the UK up 30%

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The number of Chinese students applying to British universities is up 30 per cent on last year, from 15,240 to 19,760. Meanwhile, applications from Northern Ireland are down by 4 per cent, from 19,310 to 18,520
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Over a quarter of teachers not ready for the new sex education lessons

Over a quarter of teachers not ready for the new sex education lessons

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Twenty-eight per cent of teachers believe their school is not ready to teach new relationships and sex education lessons, which become compulsory next year.
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Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

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Could taking a gap year out of education boost the employability of young people?
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Schools in deprived areas struggling to recruit says Sutton Trust.

Schools in deprived areas struggling to recruit says Sutton Trust.

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One in five teachers said nothing would persuade them to apply for a job at a low-performing disadvantaged school, research says. State schools in deprived areas are more likely to struggle to fill teacher vacancies which has a knock-on effect on the quality of teaching that pupils receive, a report from Sutton Trust suggests
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“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

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Experts have warned a “childhood crisis” is on the way as youngsters face unparalleled social pressures amid Government cuts to children’s services.
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Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

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The Labour Party wants all government policy decisions to be gauged against people’s future health and wellbeing. The proposed Future Generations Wellbeing Act for England would, among other things, introduce a ‘health equality audit’ of government decisions.
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27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

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There is no tired like teacher tired. Those of you who happen to be captain of the classroom, I’ve got your back with these 27 European travel destinations for teachers!
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What primary teachers say… and what they really mean

What primary teachers say… and what they really mean

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Education English is subtly different from the English everyone else speaks. Michael Tidd provides a glossary
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Mental health crisis for teachers highlighted in Scotland.

Mental health crisis for teachers highlighted in Scotland.

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Teachers face increasing stress levels but have 'little opportunity' to receive care or support for their mental health
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Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

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Continuing to have an outward-looking education system is ‘more important than ever’, claims schools minister Nick Gibb
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Are tougher exams killing languages?

Are tougher exams killing languages?

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Revealed: teachers' concerns about the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams in modern foreign languages
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Asbestos reported in over 700 schools

Asbestos reported in over 700 schools

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Concerns Health and Safety Executive will struggle to carry out inspections needed
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Women’s world cup helps spark interest in Maths

Women’s world cup helps spark interest in Maths

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New maths challenge taps into excitement around the Women's World Cup and aims to help families see the fun in maths
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Government plans intervention to halt teachers leaving within 5 years of joining the profession

Government plans intervention to halt teachers leaving within 5 years of joining the profession

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The government is inviting training providers and schools to be part of developing the Early Career Framework for teachers
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Union claims impending crisis for supply teachers

Union claims impending crisis for supply teachers

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The National Education Union’s (NEU) latest survey of supply teachers shows that, despite a teacher shortage and the government’s efforts to regulate the supply teacher market, the majority of supply teachers are reporting lower levels of pay compared with previous years.
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Edtech helping students to cope with dyslexia

Edtech helping students to cope with dyslexia

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‘I love big words but I can spell barely any’: the tech that helps with dyslexia
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“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

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There is a new energy behind edtech in schools and technology firms. And government is now coming on board, too
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Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

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FAMILIES need to be educated about suffering a severe allergic reaction following the death of a schoolboy who had cheese thrown at him, experts have recommended. They have also called for places of worship and the NHS to work together to raise awareness of food allergies
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Not funny! – the worrying rise of the use of laughing gas by teens.

Not funny! – the worrying rise of the use of laughing gas by teens.

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Laughing gas cannisters littering primary school gates prompts calls for teens to listen up - before it's too late
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Teacher retention rates are worsening, and 7 other school workforce findings

Teacher retention rates are worsening, and 7 other school workforce findings

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The Department for Education has today published the latest school workforce census (November 2018). Schools Week has the key findings:
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8 things the government wants schools to teach about online safety

8 things the government wants schools to teach about online safety

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Schools have been urged to teach pupils about social media influencers, the dangers of online challenges, and how to spot fake news in new guidance for teaching online safety.
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School children must be taught about “different”, say Education Secretary

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School children must be taught about “different, strong and loving” families in the new relationship education lessons, Damian Hinds has said, in his strongest response yet to the Birmingham LGBT row.
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Excuse me sir, what do teachers do?

Excuse me sir, what do teachers do?

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I imagine that for many students this is a vexed question. As a teacher you are just that to them....
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“Schools can do more to protect teachers from burnout”

“Schools can do more to protect teachers from burnout”

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School leaders should be 'more mindful' about working conditions of teachers in order to help them ‘thrive not just survive,’ says new research
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Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

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Busy parents are relying on smart speakers to tell children bedtime stories or are substituting storytime with videos
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Failing schools more likely to succeed under Local Authority control, new study claims

Failing schools more likely to succeed under Local Authority control, new study claims

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Schools with poor Ofsted grades were more likely to improve if they stayed under local authority control than if they converted to academies, a new analysis has found.
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Every school needs a staff wellbeing team- here’s how to start one

Every school needs a staff wellbeing team- here’s how to start one

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Prioritising staff happiness at work has led to a marked improvement in our school’s Ofsted grade – and a new harmony in the staffroom
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Ten tips for supporting wellbeing in your school

Ten tips for supporting wellbeing in your school

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Last month, Ark Conway Primary Academy in Hammersmith was awarded Gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, which recognises excellence in commitment to staff wellbeing. Lois Osborne, Head of School, shares her top tips for promoting wellbeing in your school. Ark Conway’s approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing to its staff of around 30 people is based on the New Economics Foundation’s 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'.
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Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

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Wellbeing is all about our holistic health, including the physical and emotional. When we have good levels of wellbeing we feel that life is in balance and that we can generally cope well. We feel motivated and engaged, we’re resilient and able to deal effectively with daily troubles, as well as ’bounce back’ from life’s challenges.
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A lesson in how careful teachers now have to be?

A lesson in how careful teachers now have to be?

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School asks pupils to vote for best-looking classmates
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Keynote speech from the recent Festival of Education at Wellington College

Keynote speech from the recent Festival of Education at Wellington College

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Lord Agnew spoke to attendees at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on 20 July, 2019. He delievered the following speech on behalf of Education Secretary Damian Hinds who was unable to attend:
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Education Secretary calls for “Fewer selfies, more reality” to protect children’s mental health

Education Secretary calls for “Fewer selfies, more reality” to protect children’s mental health

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Social media stars should do more to protect children by focusing less on selfies and more on reality, according to Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
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Ofsted chief warns about rise of intolerance in schools

Ofsted chief warns about rise of intolerance in schools

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Amanda Spielman says that the rise of “single issue groups” including vegan campaigners and anti-LGBT education protesters has meant that a “simplistic, polarising” narrative has formed
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Watchdog to review English exams system after A-level leak fears

Watchdog to review English exams system after A-level leak fears

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Edexcel to replace further maths paper pupils were due to sit later this week
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Teachers in England work the longest hours in Europe

Teachers in England work the longest hours in Europe

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Talis survey shows teachers in England working more than five years ago - and spend more time keeping order in class
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Protecting teachers from parents’ emails

Protecting teachers from parents’ emails

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Governors raise concerns that emails and WhatsApp messages from parents are one of the biggest problems for teachers
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Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

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More than 5,000 responses were made to See Me Scotland’s Feels FM campaign, which found youngsters worry they will not be listened to.
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Anxiety is rife amongst teachers- here’s how it feels

Anxiety is rife amongst teachers- here’s how it feels

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It can be hard to tell if a colleague is suffering from anxiety. Jo Steer shares her first-hand experience of managing the condition
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Should you cover up your tattoos for school?

Should you cover up your tattoos for school?

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As body art becomes increasingly popular, tattooed teachers are coming up against school dress codes. But are the rules pandering to outdated stereotypes?
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The war on “like” in Yorkshire

The war on “like” in Yorkshire

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MPs launch inquiry following concerns oracy is ‘undervalued and overlooked within state education’
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Saying no to baseline testing.

Saying no to baseline testing.

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Inaccurate data and increased workload are among the reasons why this head of early years has shunned the baseline pilot
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Tips on how to retain staff in MATS.

Tips on how to retain staff in MATS.

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Crunching the data from seven years of School Workforce Census let us identify the best ways that trusts can support career progression, says David Carter
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Overcoming the teacher retention crisis

Overcoming the teacher retention crisis

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Stuart Hales, CEO of Wand Education, discusses how edtech can help schools hold on to their teachers
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International teachers struggle with poor pupil behaviour in English schools

International teachers struggle with poor pupil behaviour in English schools

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International teachers struggled to settle in English schools because of poor pupil behaviour and heavy workloads, a new government report has found.
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Why I’ve banned my daughter from watching Love Island

Why I’ve banned my daughter from watching Love Island

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The meaningless quest for perfectionism is toxic – we need to protect our children from a show that actively promotes it, writes Tes columnist Emma Kell
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One in five pupils misses out on first choice secondary

One in five pupils misses out on first choice secondary

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Pupils are less likely to get into their first choice secondary school than last year, as numbers applying for places rise
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One in four girls say they are not clever

One in four girls say they are not clever

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Low self-esteem affects even high-achieving children, study finds – and could affect performance if not tackled
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Put counsellors in schools, say 4 in 5 parents

Put counsellors in schools, say 4 in 5 parents

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School counselling can play a crucial role in tackling the mental health crisis, says professional association
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Cuts blamed as 9 in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely

Cuts blamed as 9 in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely

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Families have suicidal thoughts amid lack of help for vulnerable young people, say charities
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BGT finalist joins the hunt for Britian’s happiest schools

BGT finalist joins the hunt for Britian’s happiest schools

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Britain’s Got Talent star Dave McPartlin knows all about judge’s comments. Which is why the headteacher of Flakefleet Primary School has joined the search for the nation’s happiest children and schools by becoming a National Happiness Awards judge.
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Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

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Teachers put on a brave face, but asking for help is a step towards better mental health, says Nikki Cunningham-Smith
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GCSEs: Are private tutors teachers’ friends or foes?

GCSEs: Are private tutors teachers’ friends or foes?

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It can feel like a slap in the face to find out a student is receiving private tuition, but that overlooks the benefits, says Laura Tsabet
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School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

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East London primary seeks charity’s help with pastoral care after budget cuts
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Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

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Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say.
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Teachers take off more than 50,000 days a week sick

Teachers take off more than 50,000 days a week sick

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A teaching union has accused supply agencies of 'creaming' money from schools through their high fees
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Teacher pay must rise with inflation says PM hopeful

Teacher pay must rise with inflation says PM hopeful

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Promise from Esther McVey comes as Sajid Javid proposes ‘multi-billion pound boost' for schools
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Ofsted must look at school funding, say heads

Ofsted must look at school funding, say heads

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School leader campaign groups say inspectors can't assess curriculum without taking school funding into account
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UK schools to receive mental health awareness training

UK schools to receive mental health awareness training

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As part of a government-funded drive to promote whole-school approaches to mental health, over 1,800 secondary schools and colleges across the country will receive free Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)
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What constitutes good teacher training?

What constitutes good teacher training?

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When thinking about this subject it is hard not to hark back to your own experiences and see the whole...
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Three golden rules for supporting autistic pupils

Three golden rules for supporting autistic pupils

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We need to move beyond generalisations and bust some of the myths around autism, says this expert
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Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

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Now in its eighth year, Global Wellness Day (GWD), on Saturday 8 June, will be celebrated in more than 130 countries and in over 5,000 different locations.
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One in four BAME people in Britain wants “name blind” university applications

One in four BAME people in Britain wants “name blind” university applications

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Majority say more effort needs to be made to boost diversity in higher education
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Is this the way forward for UK schools?

Is this the way forward for UK schools?

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Mexico City unveils gender-neutral school uniforms policy.
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A possible solution to the continued crisis in retaining STEM teachers

A possible solution to the continued crisis in retaining STEM teachers

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The government is offering cash incentives to maths and physics teachers to stay in the profession, but there could be a simpler, more exciting solution.
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Are cuts putting SEN pupils at risk?

Are cuts putting SEN pupils at risk?

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Cuts blamed as nine in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

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However, the concept of surveying in schools remains relatively undeveloped. There have always been surveys, mainly to do with impending Ofsted visits or in times of relative pressure. But in todays fast paced, social media driven environment it is imperative to know what your influencers think and be able to respond effectively and appropriately.
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Teaching and Diversity- a very British story.

Teaching and Diversity- a very British story.

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Recent events at the Montenegro v England football fixture brought into sharp focus the strides we have taken as a nation in the 40 years and how important education has been in that process.
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In praise of…Teaching!

In praise of…Teaching!

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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.
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Wellbeing a private or state matter?

Wellbeing a private or state matter?

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After qualifying from my PGCE I remember vividly the scramble for jobs around Easter and the constant surveying of the TES and the conversations surrounding schools, areas, relocation etc.
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Is there something missing in the Mental Health debate in Schools?

Is there something missing in the Mental Health debate in Schools?

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There has been some amazing work done in the increased awareness of mental health for children in the last 5 years. A cursory search on the net will bring up international, national, regional, local and school-based initiatives all aimed at increasing what we should know and what to about mental health issues relating to students.
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Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

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The last few years have seen a seismic change in the official attitude to wellbeing and mindfulness.
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Teachers quit jobs at the highest rate on record

Teachers quit jobs at the highest rate on record

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I recently found this article by Michelle Hackman and Eric Morath and although it is from “across the pond” the fact that it is in the Wall Street Journal and reflects trends that are frighteningly current in the UK just adds to the growing concern that the teaching profession and jobs associated with education are in an historically difficult time.
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The Staffroom: Rumours of its death premature?

The Staffroom: Rumours of its death premature?

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I have just been reading the excellent article from @nicola_slawson in the Guardian about the demise of the staff room as a communal space. Her premise is that this could be down to three main factors:
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School Trips – In praise of…

School Trips – In praise of…

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I had a presentation to do to the whole staff two years ago in my capacity as Educational Trips Co-ordinator and it worked out that I have spent roughly fifty weeks of my career on day and residential trips.
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Social Media – Angel or Demon for teachers?

Social Media – Angel or Demon for teachers?

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Musing this issue with a few colleagues from various age brackets it was interesting to note that Social Media was not such a Millennial V Generation X issue as I had thought. There might be more of a penchant for Insta and following celebs amongst our younger colleagues, but the main points of concern and agreement were broadly similar.
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Employee Engagement for Schools- Why does Every Voice Count?

Employee Engagement for Schools- Why does Every Voice Count?

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The classroom can be the most amazing place to be and one of the most satisfying places to work. Discussions raging, students enjoying learning, a real buzz and everyone enjoying the lesson. However, there are also the lessons that seem to last an eternity, confrontations, disruption and the worry of the “learning walk” or worse!
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Wellbeing at the edge.

Wellbeing at the edge.

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A long time ago in an era far, far away West Coast was synonymous with hippiedom and ideas that frankly weren’t well… for us. However, the Silicon Valley revolution, the Internet and the rise of global dotcom power has placed the West Coast at the very centre of everything we now do and will do.
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