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guide to improving teacher happiness and wellbeing

An inspiring example of sustainable school improvement

Posted by Vesna Belogaska on 5 January, 2017

I recently visited a school in the third most deprived area in the country who now have 77% of Year 6 pupils achieving Level 4 in English, Maths and Science, compared to just 39% three years earlier and a national target of 65%.

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6 big professional learning things that happened in 2016

Posted by Rosie Neill on 16 December, 2016

So 2016 wasn’t the easiest year. But we can celebrate some exciting developments in the education world, with some advancements that should bring brilliant things for teaching and learning in the year to come.

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15 tips you can use to improve your daily wellbeing

Posted by Toby Knight on 6 December, 2016

Teacher wellbeing is incredibly important for maintaining good performance at work and has a direct link to the outcomes of pupils.

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12 tips for improving your work ethic

Posted by Toby Knight on 2 December, 2016

Teacher wellbeing is one of the most important contributors to a school’s success. Research into the ties between staff wellbeing and school performance (Lancaster University, 2014) has found that:

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The education training industry's dirty little secret

Posted by Andy Newell on 22 November, 2016

Schools around the world spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year sending their staff out for training courses or bringing external trainers in. It’s a model that has changed little in decades and, in my opinion, represents the biggest scandal in education.

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Let's talk about learning: what is best practice?

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 31 October, 2016

“If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Robin Williams as John Keating, Dead Poets Society [Tweet this]

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