5 Ways Schools can Improve Staff Recruitment and Retention through making Teachers’ Wellbeing a Priority

2018-05-30T13:09:25+00:00 Recruitment, Teacher Stress, Wellbeing|

Introduction With high stress levels fuelling the recruitment and retention crisis, schools need to prioritise maximising teachers' wellbeing. Five tips presented here, with input from educational consultant and wellbeing advocate Therese Hoyle, encourage schools to empower their staff, celebrate their achievements (no matter how small) and dissolve the barriers to open discussions about mental health [...]

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

2018-04-16T16:18:16+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

2018-04-16T16:26:44+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

2018-04-16T16:22:16+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

2018-04-16T16:29:42+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 [...]