New Year Resolutions – 2018

That period between Christmas and New Year always feels strangely timeless, set outside the normal cycle of the year, a moment for feasting, fighting back the dark and for introspection. I have done fairly well this year at leaving work behind and an education book or blog has barely passed through my hands. However, as…

(Not so) Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me Don’t want to take up with nobody new Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first Don’t want nothing to do with you I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don’t want to see their faces I…

Pre-exam Stress? 

Tomorrow is the first GCSE Geography exam and after half term we’ll have the A Level ones. Usually this time of year feels pretty fraught for pupils and teachers alike. This year, in my department anyway, not so much. I’d usually expect a flurry of emails this weekend from worried pupils but this year I…

Candles in the Darkness (Part 3)

I woke up this morning with a deep sense of foreboding. This isn’t unusual for me (or most teachers I have spoken to) towards the end of the holidays. I love my job, work in a wonderful supportive school with well motivated students and yet I know that I’ll be awake at 3am of the…

Workload – Spreading us too thin

I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or…

It’s just a job?

Last week’s twitter #SLTChat on wellbeing seems to have resonated with many – especially this tweet by John Tomsett. ” Stephen Tierney has written about it in his post Teaching and Leadership Costs. I think John’s point is an excellent one. We spend far too much time working for it not to be a part…

Candles in the Darkness (Part Two)

Last week I wrote a post about the need to be candles in the darkness. My point was that these times are dark, both in the wider world and in education. Funding cuts are biting, micromanagement is rife and teachers are fleeing the profession. I asked that each of us try to be candles in…