When in Brum: How ResearchED is Changing Teaching

2018-02-22T11:15:14+00:00 CPD, Educational Research, Schools|

Let me start with a confession: for the past few years, I’ve felt like something of a fraud. In spite of my open endorsement of teachers becoming better informed about educational research, I’d never attended a ResearchED event. Sandbagged with shame I decided enough was enough and made the pilgrimage up north to Birmingham for [...]

An Educator for All Seasons: Are we expecting too much from our teachers?

2018-02-06T16:27:01+00:00 CPD, Recruitment, Teacher Stress, Teachers|

Part way through writing this week's chapter of our anthology on teacher stress, I came across a  post on the Derby University blog that expressed all I had in mind - except with more insight and erudition than I can quite manage. So with their permission, we have a guest post from Dr Sarah Charles and [...]

Breaking the Silence on Behaviour – The Real Reason for Teacher Stress

2018-01-29T13:56:23+00:00 Behaviour Management, CPD, NQTs, Recruitment, Schools, Teacher Stress|

Every time stress in teaching comes up in the press, the same claims about causes are fired off: Workload – rigorous marking policies, the relentless need to document all decisions, differentiate for all learners in planning as well as endless data entry Correspondingly long working hours, much of which is unpaid Greatly increased top-down pressure [...]

The Stress Epidemic: A Mission Statement

2018-02-06T16:40:36+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Teacher Stress, Teachers|

As the festive season ebbs into distant memory, accompanied by all of its good cheer, people are once more ready to feel bad about things. Cue a slew of articles last week once more highlighting the stress epidemic gripping the profession. What’s new here? Not much, except that stress is spreading. Metastatic, its migrated to [...]

Stupid things people say about Stress: A Defence Manual for Teachers

2018-01-23T17:39:58+00:00 Teacher Stress, Teaching|

There’s a familiar battery of daft arguments that plague debates about teacher stress. It seems absurd to give them any airtime, but having just surveyed the comments sections of recent articles on the stress epidemic I can see that they’re still in wide circulation. And, of course, even some prominent public figures still openly extoll [...]

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone – Retaining teachers as a solution to the Recruitment Crisis

2018-01-15T18:03:45+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Senior Leadership, Supply Teachers, Teachers|

With both pupil numbers and demand for teachers set to rise in the near future, it will become increasingly important for school leaders not just to recruit, but to retain good staff. New models for better retention are required. The number of teachers joining the profession has roughly counterbalanced the number leaving it in recent [...]

Behaviour Expert Tom Bennett’s Top Tips for Supply Teachers

2018-01-15T16:00:25+00:00 Behaviour Management, Cover Supervisor, NQTs, Supply Teachers|

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick to death of people outside the profession telling teachers how to teach. If everyone’s an expert, then the craft is debased into non-existence. That’s why it's always exciting when someone who know education from the top and bottom offers their guidance. Teacher Booker were honoured to be [...]

Should Schools Ban End Of Term Videos?

2017-12-14T13:50:15+00:00 Schools, Teachers, Teaching|

Teachers always know when its close to Christmas. Even if they’ve somehow managed to avoid being carpet-bombed with seasonal adverts, they can sense the change in air pressure around school. The machine is slowly grinding to a halt, ready to power down for the holidays. In such a climate of school plays, Christmas jumper [...]

Teacher Toolkit, We Stand With You.

2017-12-04T18:54:07+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teachers|

Over the weekend I was delighted to spy this brave blog post on Teacher Toolkit, the UK’s most followed education blog. Titled ‘Why Supply Agencies are the new ‘Del Boys’’, it is as forthright as it is faithful to the facts in summarising the current state of play in how agencies and schools interact. Numerous issues in this dynamic [...]

Tom Bennett Teaches How SLT Can Support Supply Staff

2017-11-28T13:11:36+00:00 Behaviour Management, Schools, Senior Leadership, Supply Teachers|

A great spectre haunts teaching - the spectre of challenging behaviour. It's a terribly powerful force, leaving many terrified of their own classrooms and spooking many out of the profession entirely. Yet many insist the problem is trivial and that proper lesson planning and arbitrary CPD can ward against it. Some disagree and believe [...]