May

28

2020
The compassionate approach to managing stress and anxiety

The compassionate approach to managing stress and anxiety

  LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to talk to today’s guest on ‘The Well Teacher Podcast’: Professor Paul Gilbert. Paul Gilbert is a professor of clinical psychology, and the author of over twenty books, including the bestsellers ‘The Compassionate Mind’ and ‘Overcoming Depression.’  He was recently awarded an...

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May

23

2020
How can reflection improve our wellbeing and teaching?

How can reflection improve our wellbeing and teaching?

What if there was a way to take back control and ownership of our wellbeing as teachers? What if we could pause from the busy world of teaching, slow down and take deliberate steps to become more effective and efficient? Dr Lucy Kelly, who is a senior lecture in education at Bristol University, has been wrestling with these questions and has been conducting some exciting...

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May

22

2020
Sleep: the secret of teacher wellbeing.

Sleep: the secret of teacher wellbeing.

This week is mental health awareness week, and I have two brilliant episodes of ‘The Well Teacher Podcast’ to share – both of which explore areas central to our mental health. The first is with psychology teacher and deputy head Mark Healy. Mark has developed a career long fascination with exploring the role of sleep in education, and has shared his findings in conferences across...

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May

11

2020
How to take control of your work-life balance

How to take control of your work-life balance

  LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST One thing I know I have been notoriously bad at in my teaching career has been finding a balance. I have always struggled with switching off from the all-consuming nature of teaching, and in proactively managing work demands. This week’s episode of ‘The Well Teacher Podcast’ is for anyone else who...

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May

04

2020
How to best support young people during lockdown.

How to best support young people during lockdown.

 LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST Life is challenging for everyone at the moment. The impact of coronavirus and the lockdown on young people, however, has been particularly transformative. They can no longer attend school, see their friends, and can only leave their homes once a day. Many have had the opportunity to prove themselves academically removed, and...

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Apr

27

2020
How to thrive in the first five years of teaching

How to thrive in the first five years of teaching

LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST There is no denying that the first few years of a teacher’s career are hugely challenging: the retention statistics in the UK speak for themselves. Last year I completed an educational masters, and the dissertation looked at ways to improve the experience of teachers in their first five years. I interviewed a...

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Apr

22

2020
Teacher Anxiety Management: Gratitude

Teacher Anxiety Management: Gratitude

In between full-time Daddy mode with my two year old and battling through the online teaching world, I am writing ‘The Anxiety School Kit’. I want to try and do something positive inthe current situation, so all my royalties from the book are going to Anxiety UK. My wonderful publishers, John Catt Educational, have agreed to increase this to a hugely generous 25%. It is a...

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Apr

06

2020
Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

“Remove anxiety from your life now!” “Rid yourself of toxic emotions like fear and anxiety!” “Free yourself from anxiety and find joy and inner peace!” A Scottish book store, circa early 2020 Forgive me, but I have stumbled into the self-help section of the book store again. Seductive titles and subtitles are competing for my attention, suggesting, in some cases guaranteeing, a compelling transformation. I...

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Apr

03

2020
Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST This is the first of a series of interviews on ‘The Well Teacher podcast’ called ‘Lockdown CPD.’ It will explore with teachers the piece of research or book that has had the most impact on their teaching practice. Each interview will look at the practical implications of that learning in their classroom:...

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