Question: With the new curriculum changes & increased accountability measures what will you stop doing, change, or introduce for your own well-being? Amy Jeetley has posed this question in a post for today's #Teacher5adayslowchat. Stop - Marking work that's littered with silly mistakes or incomplete. I dread to think how much marking time is taken up by staff… Continue reading Stop. Change. Introduce. Day 5 #Teacher5aday
It's important to discuss workload and well-being. It's also important that it's discussed in an open and positive way that doesn't become endless complaining and blaming. This is where I think #Teacher5aday has got it right and their slowchat (#Teacher5adayslowchat) is worth a look to hear how teachers, leaders and schools are working together for happy healthy… Continue reading On workload. #Teacher5adayslowchat
I'm a big fan of the #teacher5aday hashtags and discussion of work-life balance on Twitter that I'm always talking about things I've seen online or great little 'tweaks' that make life just that little bit easier. I'm going to attempt to recap some the great advice I've been given for work-life balance (both in person and online).… Continue reading Pass it on: top time-saving tips
Succession planning should be at the heart of any medium/long-term planning within a school. With a national shortage of school leaders (Read more here), the idea of planning for future leaders is becoming increasingly important. According to figures released by Future Leaders, whilst 74% of teachers are women, only 65% of heads are women (original DfE report… Continue reading Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think
Following our inaugural YamJam, our WomenEd ideas session started me thinking about what WomenEd means to me. The advantage of such a self-supporting movement, led by a fabulous steering group, is that it's an open house, a place for sharing ideas, collaboration and personal reflection. For me, I see WomenEd as a sustainable grass-roots movement that nurtures female leadership… Continue reading What WomenEd means to me
When somebody else verbalises the thoughts you've been pondering for a while, it's an enlightening experience. I had the privilege of watching Andy Cope (@BeingBrilliant) deliver a keynote presentation this morning and the key, very refreshing, message is that happiness is a myth. It sounds depressing but actually, what he suggests is that we've bought into… Continue reading Happiness starts now. Have a break.
In a time when Ofsted no longer grade individual lessons and there's a move towards demonstrating 'progress over time', a new focus for observation, scrutiny and inspection has been identified: marking. The major problem with this focus on marking is that - like when 'Ofsted wants to see...' was the be all and end all of… Continue reading Progress over time: Why there may be still a place for ‘well done’
There's been a lot of discussion in the press about tablet devices, mobile phones and other technological approaches to teaching and learning. The general trend from comments close to the government is that tablets and mobile phones are inherently a problem (Pupils set for ban on mobiles and iPads in the classroom to stop lessons being disrupted).… Continue reading Why I’ll defend EdTech, but accept it’s not the magic solution to pupil progress
Having just had my first leadership development meeting and been inspired to get involved with #WomenEd North East, I thought I'd jump on the digital bandwagon musing about the nature of leadership (and hopefully achieve it without it becoming a bit of a buzz-word soup). Good leadership is about looking after people. It means being aware of pressures and workload. It… Continue reading Leadership… what it means to me.