Mar

27

2020
The Essential Guide to Lockdown Teacher Improvement with Tom Sherrington

The Essential Guide to Lockdown Teacher Improvement with Tom Sherrington

  LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST It has definitely been a very strange week. My wife is working at home, so like many people out there I’m sure, I have my two year old boy full time, alongside trying to wrestle with our new online teaching world. As joyful as it is getting to spend some time with...

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Mar

25

2020
How to start a running habit with Jonny Muir

How to start a running habit with Jonny Muir

    LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST The country, as we all know far too well, is now in lockdown. We have, however, one glimmer of hope – once a day we can escape the confines of our homes and exercise. One of the most efficient and effective ways we can do that, is to go for...

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Mar

23

2020

The Tes English Teacher Podcast Collection

I am now flying podcast solo, and have set up ‘The Well Teacher podcast.’ The latest episode with Adrian Bethune on how to keep calm, positive and motivated through everything that is going on is available here. I thought that with our new sequestered existences, doing a collection with all the episodes that I did for Tes might be helpful. I was lucky to speak to...

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Mar

15

2020
Podcast: The Well Teacher – Kat Howard

Podcast: The Well Teacher – Kat Howard

Challenging the narrative of teacher wellbeing. Kat Howard @SayMiss is a woman on a mission: to stop the patronising wellbeing advice often offered to teachers, and instead have a real intellectual dialogue about what we can about teachers being driven out of the profession. Kat, a deputy headteacher and an English teacher is the first guest on ‘The Well Teacher podcast.’  She is the author of...

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Mar

09

2020
The Well Teacher Podcast

The Well Teacher Podcast

Five years ago I had a complete breakdown, which left me with bed bound for weeks and emotionally and physically drained. I was living life at a relentless pace, working ridiculous hours and juggling lots of early responsibility in management in a school in central London. I did eventually return to that employment, but at the end of that school year I moved schools, back...

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Feb

19

2020
‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

I’m both delighted and very nervous that ‘A Quiet Education: Challenging the extrovert ideal in our schools’ is out today and available from both John Catt Education and Amazon. It is a topic that I am hugely passionate about and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write about and share with others. I will happily confess that writing this book was partly an act of...

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Feb

01

2020
Quiet Leadership

Quiet Leadership

In a gentle way, you can shake the world Mahatma Gandhi Fifty years ago, as he became the first person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong uttered the words that would go down in history: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong had a quiet disposition. According to his biographer, James R Hansen, “There was nothing in Neil’s...

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Jan

02

2020
Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

‘Take a rest. A field that is rested gives a beautiful crop’ Ovid A short journey through the etymology of the adjective “quiet” proves interesting in the context of burnout in teaching. It stems from the Latin quietus, meaning to be calm, at rest and free from exertion, and is borrowed from the Anglo-French and Middle French quiete, first appearing in the 14th century. For...

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Sep

28

2019
On the Value of Quiet in our Schools

On the Value of Quiet in our Schools

In typical introverted fashion, I can only really feel confident delivering presentations at Education events if I write a script in advance. I then spend a fairly ridiculous amount of time trying to learn the material. This was the vision for my talk at ResearchED Scotland; in the wise words of Robbie Burns, however: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft...

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