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Smarter marking: How I improved my work-life balance with these 5 techniques

Posted by Stephanie Anne Dudley on 16 October, 2019

Guest blog by Stephanie Anne Dudley, T&L Lead, The Excel Academy @Sad_English

 

Unfortunately, being a teacher is difficult. 

Really difficult. 

The reality of it is that it is a vocation, as no one would work over a fifty-hour week unless you really believed in it, deep down. In approaching my seventh year of teaching, I feel that this is the year where I will stop working harder but will work smarter.

The main question I will be asking myself this year is: 

Am I going to mark this? Why? And, most importantly, what is the point?

 

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Teacher wellbeing and CPD, is there a link?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 4 March, 2019

The teaching profession is increasingly associated with stress and burnout. The Engaging Teachers report from National Foundation of Educational Research (2016) found that high teacher workload is associated with poor health and staff feeling undervalued.

The number of teachers seeking support for their mental health via the Education Support Partnerships’ confidential helpline increased by 35 per cent from April 2017 to March 2018.

This is by no means new news, but as we all become more aware of the importance of talking about and addressing mental health, schools are having to take more responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff.


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Is this the future of work-life balance?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 17 December, 2018

Work-life balance is a sensitive subject, particularly in the education sector... so what do you make of author and peak performance expert, Dan Thurmon's quirky suggestion for how to get a better handle on your life?

Life balance, says Dan, is a concept that is intriguing, desirable and also completely unrealistic. It’s something we can never actually achieve, so desperately pursuing ‘balance’ can have a negative impact on our lives.

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6 tips for better wellbeing this year

Posted by Angus Lashwood on 3 September, 2018

We hear, day in, day out, from teachers who can’t wait to have a little extra time on their hands to focus on their practice, development or basic wellbeing, and the headlines paint a similar picture.

According to the Education Support Partnership (ESP), between 2017 and 2018 the number of teachers seeking mental health support rose by 35%, citing heightening accountability, an increasingly intense testing culture and relentless workload as the key drivers.

These pressures don’t ease off as teachers climb the ladder either; helpline calls to the ESP from SLT members rose 24% and represented some of the most extreme cases they had heard. And with last year’s DfE workload survey revealing average weekly working hours of 54 and 60 respectively for teachers and SLT members, systemic pressures are clearly playing a role.

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3 steps to power up teacher wellbeing

Posted by Maria Brosnan on 30 May, 2018

Guest blog from Business and Wellbeing Consultant, Maria Brosnan - maria-brosnan.com

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Headteacher insight: How to protect your staff from everyday pressures

Posted by Liam Collins on 15 May, 2018

Guest blog from Headteacher at Uplands Community College, Liam Collins. Find him at @LiamHCollins

As this is my 6th year as a headteacher, it feels like the time to reflect on the journey so far and the next stage of my school’s development.  The last five years have been tough because of the tsunami of change that has washed over us. As the majority of OFSTED accountability moved onto SLTs’ shoulders, it became easy to let the wave of DfE change crash onto the staff, because, as schools, we have just not had the time to reflect on what has happened since 2010.

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