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 But are the rules pandering to outdated stereotypes?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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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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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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