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Tattoos- the reality

Instead of seeing tattoos as a sign that the bearer is unprofessional and all the arguments that ensues let’s turn it on its head.Why not instead think of all the positives that people with tattoos could bring?In my opinion the narrative needs to change completely- I have a vested interest in this clearly but also…

Lionesses- leadership lessons

Since the start of the Euro Championship, the Lionesses have made us so proud, bringing women’s football to the mainstream where it should be. Many have watched their matches as football newbies, swept along by a mixture of pride and a delight that our team played so well. As someone who was brought up with…

Pandemic Positives

Pandemic Positives Firstly, I want to make it clear that I am in no way saying that the pandemic has been a positive in my life! For many people it has been the very worst of times and many have lost loved ones- truly awful for many. My mental health suffered at various times during…

Make more money!

In the last few years it has been a constant struggle to ensure I have enough pupils on roll to match our PAN and therefore our staffing structure. I often get asked why I spend time marketing my school and the answer boils down to bums on seats! It sometimes feels like one of the…

When do you know?

When is the right time to apply for a headship? I often get asked for advice about this and although there isn’t ONE answer, there are a few things that I think help you know if it is the right time- Have you started to question how things are being ‘done’? This doesn’t have to…

The 3 R’s- refrain, refuse and resist!

Lockdown has taught us so much and stretched our leadership skills to the limit at times but there is much we should cling on to regardless of whether COVID remains or not. In some areas there have been so many positives but I worry that many will find themselves tempted to slowly go back to…

NQT? I’m coping better than anyone!

Why NQTs might be coping with remote education better than anyone else. I look at my daughter and how she has adapted to remote education with awe. She has, over the course of the last few weeks, transformed her teaching from traditional class based to a blend of live, recorded and class- based teaching and…

Guest Blog: Sumaiyah Shaikh NQT

Teaching through a pandemic as an NQT. As the whole country battles through the pandemic, we have all realised how vulnerable our elders are. Although it is imperative that we keep them in mind, we still need to remind ourselves that our future will be determined by our children. Overlooking them could ruin a whole…

Guest BLOG: Edie Sykes NQT

No more white tops! Since starting my teacher career in September 2020, I have had the craziest (due to being in the middle of a worldwide pandemic!) but best few months. To say it has been an experience would be an understatement! Due to COVID, my experience teaching has been completely different to what I…

Guest Blog: Phoebe Ayling NQT

Anyone who has worked with me in the past term and a half will know I am my biggest critic. Teaching in a pandemic has been so much more difficult than I anticipated but the thing I have found most challenging is dealing with the voice of my own criticisms, the constant imposter syndrome and…

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