As we crawl towards the summer term finish line, it's all too easy to focus on being exhausted rather than turn our attention towards celebrating all of our achievements. Seeing my fellow NQT receiving Teacher of the Week, however, was a fantastic reminder that, even though we may feel like zombies in the last few days (or… Continue reading Teacher Of The Week
There are days that I arrive at school dreading all the little bits and bobs that have been hanging over me for the past week. There are days that I arrive at school with a dark cloud over my head preventing me from seeing any good. There are days that I arrive already bracing myself… Continue reading The Power of Positivity in a Primary School – My Optimistic Marigold
I’ve just completed a two-day course on delivering mental health first aid for young people and am now technically qualified as a youth mental health first aider. Hoorah! The course included coverage of a variety of mental ill health conditions including anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-harm, suicide and eating disorders and provided us with strategies to… Continue reading Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
My friend and I recently attended the Cambridgeshire Festival of Education. One of the predominant themes of the day was ‘Optimistic Leadership’. Whilst perusing (what a great word, am I right?) the brochure for possible workshops, we noticed that a fair few were classified under this category. Furthermore, a vast majority of the keynote speakers… Continue reading What Makes A Leader?
Saturday 1st July marked the first ever Cambridgeshire Festival of Education. I went along with a fellow teacher, who also happens to be my childhood friend, and was blown away by the prominence of invigorating themes such as optimism and well-being. But first thing's first... Upon arrival, I had a flashback to my secondary school… Continue reading Cambridgeshire Festival of Education – A Review
Marking, e-safety and behaviour. These three are a mere snippet of the policies necessary to allow a school to run consistently and smoothly. Perhaps the most important policy, though, is one of honesty. Throughout my NQT year, I've been struck by the benefits of just simply telling the truth to enable myself, other staff members,… Continue reading Honesty Is The Best Policy
I've been relatively quiet on the blogging front for the past couple of weeks. This is partly due to the excitement of half term taking over my very soul. However, it's also because my brain has been a little pre-occupied by pre-hosting nerves. (Or, perhaps more accurately, overwhelming panic.) My worries were the typical 'What… Continue reading Success Criteria for a Staff Social