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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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Are you taking good care of yourself? Learn how to improve

Posted by Rosie Neill on 14 February, 2017

"I think that wellbeing can sometimes just become a phrase that we hear. It's important to break it down into habits and behaviours that we can change." says Jenny Hampton, a former English teacher and SLE. 

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Developing culture to improve happiness and staff retention

Posted by Simeon Drage on 5 November, 2015

believe in practicing what you preach, so professional development is important to me. If you’re not driving yourself through development, then you’re not preparing yourself for the next challenge or opportunity that’s coming. Instead, you’re relying on your day to day role to equip you for every eventuality. I prefer to boost my skill set and abilities with additional learning.

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Workload Challenge: Can it reduce teachers workload?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 28 October, 2014

Workload Challenge: Can it reduce teachers workload?

We all know that teachers have a huge amount of work to do, but last week politicians also voiced their concerns about the professions excessive workload.

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