The Slow Death of School Funding: 2 Ways to Survive Through Innovating Your Recruitment Strategies

2018-04-19T16:13:00+00:00 Agencies, Behaviour Management, School Funding, Schools, Teachers|

Introduction Outrage at public sector cuts is now so routine, that it’s hard to feel any authentic anger towards the government. But ire, in this instance, is appropriate. With school funding set to remain flat for the next two years despite inflation, schools are fated to have to make their own cuts – most worryingly, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

2018-04-16T16:33:03+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 [...]

Should Schools Ban End Of Term Videos?

2018-04-16T16:38:57+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 [...]

Three Things Most People Don’t Grasp about Growth Mindset

2018-04-16T17:15:24+00:00 Teachers|

What do the collapse of Enron and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have in common? You might reasonably guess some nascent political or economic concept. But actually it’s a psychological one – they can both apparently be explained by a lack of growth mindset. Growth Mindset is a powerful idea; and its absolutely everywhere. Sports teams, Silicon [...]

Want to understand Teacher Recruitment? Speak to Professor John Howson

2017-09-20T15:41:17+00:00 Agencies, Schools, Teachers|

The recruitment crisis looms large over the whole profession of teaching. Most simply bemoan the situation; others choose to do something about it. Professor John Howson is probably the sagest example of an individual working to understand and reverse this current crisis. In an illustrious career spanning 40 years, Howson has played many parts. [...]

NQTs: 10 Tips for Smashing your Induction Year (Part 2)

2017-09-05T17:50:38+00:00 NQTs, Schools, Teachers, Teaching|

Part 2 of our survival guide for NQT's - take heed and prosper.   6 - Keep trying new things No doubt after the first few weeks the novelty of having your own classroom and teaching groups will begin to evaporate. No doubt your enthusiasm for crafting perfect lessons will follow suit and you’ll [...]

NQTs: 10 Tips for smashing your induction year (Part 1)

2017-09-05T17:29:39+00:00 NQTs, Schools, Teachers, Teaching|

Achtung NQTs - the summer is nearly over. If you’re anything like me, the divine bliss of the holiday freefall is now coming to an abrupt end as you see the ground rapidly approaching. With that in mind, let me try and assuage your anxieties with some sage advice I was once given as [...]

A Guide for Teachers: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

2017-11-02T17:49:42+00:00 Cover Supervisors, Safeguarding, Supply Teachers, Teachers, Teaching, Teaching Assistants|

Rightly, background and compliance checks for teachers are very stringent. The process can seem complex and confusing and often there is a lack of comprehensive guidance. So we put together this guide to explain what’s required and why, and how you can help the process.     Interview What happens We’ll go through your experience [...]