Supporting School Support Staff

Around half of the school workforce is made up of support staff, but their voices struggle to be heard. There are thousands of schools where support staff are treated well, integrated into the school’s mission and are valued for their unique contribution.  However in far too many schools, support staff are an afterthought.

Dealing with stress in teaching

Recent events in my work life have made me evaluate how I manage stress and I have come to the conclusion that I am in need of a stress management MOT (the chronic shoulder-ache was the catalyst).

The year in review

Julian Stanley reflects on the big education stories of 2014 and looks forward to the new year ahead

2014 was a dramatic year for education and the teaching profession from the brutal killing of Ann Maguire to the shock departure of Michael Gove and the spiralling chaos of the Trojan Horse investigation. As we begin the new year, it is prudent to think about what we have learnt from this eventful year and what we can look forward to in 2015.

Handling incidents of racism

Julian Stanley asks what are the best ways for schools to teach their students about discrimination.

The 2011 riots from a student's perspective

Blaming individuals is counter productive. The reason why the riots happened across England is much more complicated

Improving student behaviour

Julian Stanley says teachers cannot be solely responsible for poor student behaviour but you can make a positive difference.

How will the next Government shape education?

On the verge of the election, Julian Stanley reflects on the last five years in education and looks ahead for what the next government may bring

Finding the time to reflect on your teaching practice

Julian Stanley considers how the charity's programmes can help headteachers develop their students and themselves

I've recently been doing some reading around the work of Emil Jackson. a psychologist and work coach, who during his time as a senior psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust's adolescent department, published work in the Journal of Child Psychotherapy considering how work discussions groups at schools can help teachers reflect on individual pupils, consider social factors and understand possible mental health issues that impact on a child's learning.

Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher

According to statistics, one in four teachers will quit the profession within the first five years of teaching.

Add this to the seemingly high number of failing and coasting schools - at least according to a rising number of politicians - and you might be forgiven for questioning your career choice.

Yet, according to a Gallup survey in 2013, teaching was still voted number two out of the top 14 careers, beaten only by physicians.

Dyspraxia: My hidden menace

Life was hard having an unknown learning difficulty. It left open a series of unsolved mysteries throughout my life that were only just solved last year when I had my dyspraxia diagnosis. 

Since I was a child, I was diagnosed with a speech and language impediment. It became the sole focus of my life since I was two years old. I struggled to talk clearly and I always got really frustrated and behaved badly if people could not understand what I was saying.