The cost of focus

  At the start of the year (now nearly three months ago) I made a pledge that 2019 was going to be the year of focus. Read 2019 THE YEAR OF FOCUS here. In 2018 I felt I was starting a lot of new projects, and enjoying working on a lot of different things, but …

How to keep your school e-mail under control

I wasn't a teacher before there was e-mail, but I can imagine that it was a different world. Not commenting on that e-mail chain about a particular student's deteriorating behaviour, checking meeting minutes at the weekend or reading back over a conversation you had six months ago. For all the good things e-mail as brought …

Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Protect the quality of your teaching by harnessing the power of NO

Saying no to something is never popular. People won't praise you for it, they won't thank you for it - however, it could be one of the most important words of your professional career. As teachers, we are great at doing lots of things, we've always got things on the go - but, I think …

The Healthy Teacher Project 9 – Mal Krishnasamy

What is The Healthy Teacher Project? Mal Krishnasamy is an education consultant and leadership coach. She has worked as the head of history, been part of a school's senior team and the management team of a multi-academy trust. I love talking with people like Mal who have stepped away from classroom teaching because their perspectives …

Nine things to think about when you’re training to teach

I remember embarking on my own teacher training journey a few years ago. Quite honestly, I had no idea what it would involve. I knew people who were teachers, had spent some time in school, but what it would be like to be a teacher was unknown territory. With that in mind, here’s some advice …