It’s nearly the end of the holidays and hopefully you’ve had a well-earned break from lesson planning, classroom skills and marking for a few weeks. However, with the start of term is looming, you're probably thinking back to this time last year and how busy it was.
If you’re a trainee teacher starting in September, you have probably heard horror stories about how busy you will be. Try not to let these get to you - the reality will probably be different, especially if you do some preparation beforehand.
The summer holidays are in full swing and you will (hopefully) be starting to unwind. Teachers are often told how important it is to relax over the summer, but what does this actually mean? While a few days of doing absolutely nothing can help recharge your brain, to do nothing for the whole summer break can feel like a waste. This can then make ‘relaxing’ feel paradoxically stressful, as you don’t get a sense of achievement and time well-spent.
The daily challenges of teaching and caring for children and young people can wear staff down over time.
David Grumball, author of Being Resilient, writes:
“Making snap-decisions about behaviour, moving the learning on in the moment or assessing a piece of work all come with challenges to our resilience”.
‘Resilience’ has become something of a buzzword for education policy-makers in the past few years. But the focus has very much been on supporting children and young people to become more resilient, rather than the mental health needs of the adults who work with them. Paradoxically, helping pupils develop their ‘resilience’, in inverted commas, risks becoming another source of stress – another responsibility to add to ever-increasing workloads.
We are delighted to announce the launch of MyLife, a new library of life skills resources for children and young people.
MyLife brings together engaging PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education, citizenship and life skills resources, designed to support all children to develop resilience and prepare for the future.
Summer has come to an end and term is upon us! For NQTs this will be a time of excitement and trepidation as they begin their journey as qualified teachers. Although the year ahead will pose many challenges, it will also be intensely rewarding.
Being a teenager can be stressful. Not only do you go through a whirlwind of physiological changes, but life also hands you the added inconvenience of standardised testing. Thousands of students around the country have been sitting GCSEs and A-levels this June and many still have more to go.