In praise of…Teaching!

In praise of…Teaching!

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. This is not...
Wellbeing a private or state matter?

Wellbeing a private or state matter?

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. I had been educated at a boy’s comprehensive in South East London which had...
Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

The last few years have seen a seismic change in the official attitude to wellbeing and mindfulness. They have gone from being slightly “West Coast” and the provision for a few worthy if slightly bohemian few to centre stage of the educational agenda and a hot topic...
Teachers quit jobs at the highest rate on record

Teachers quit jobs at the highest rate on record

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...
The Staffroom: Rumours of its death premature?

The Staffroom: Rumours of its death premature?

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:A lack of space in many schools.The pace of work and the need to be...