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Guest Blog 14: Surviving, Thriving… or Walking Away.

In January, I embarked on a book for Bloomsbury Education entitled How to Survive and Thrive in Teaching, due for completion in January 2017.  The book came about through a combination of sheer serendipity, my doctoral research on balancing teaching … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 13: The known unknowns of teacher supply

The known unknowns of teacher supply By Karen Wespieser There is a lot written about the current teacher recruitment and retention ‘crisis’ but I think we need to hold our hands up and admit that there are some things that … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 12: Nine Years a Teacher

Becoming a Teacher Throughout my life I always seemed to find myself teaching. I can’t help myself. When I attended secondary school, I raised money to pay for university by teaching adults how to use their computers. When I was … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 11: I’ll be back

Last July, I left teaching.  My story is generic in that I left to save my sanity, but specific in that I worked in quite a range of settings before I came to that painful decision.  I had done striding … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 10: How to get the job you want outside teaching

I’m James and I blog at edubabble.info I used to be a Head of ICT & Business Studies at a large Secondary School. I had been a Head of Department for three years and spent eight years as a teacher … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 9: My Exit from Headship

My job as a headteacher was my life. It took up most of my waking time and had been adopted by my husband who recognised I couldn’t ‘put it down’. He understood that when we went on holiday I would … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 8: Who’d Be a Teacher Indeed?

I was warned of course, by a retired teacher, the father of my earliest childhood friend. “You’re going to teach? You must be mad!” Trevor roared, in his usual jovial good manner, “They are ruining teaching you know!” I didn’t … Continue reading

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Guest Blog 7: Time to Move On- a U.S. story

I have often told the first part of this story, as if it were a fairy tale come true. When I was seventeen, I decided to become a teacher in the high school classroom where I currently practice my craft. I … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (10): When you need to call the coastguard

Some advice for those who have left school, are leaving, or just thinking about it. If you’ve read my previous 8 blog posts, you’ll notice, I hope, that I was able to progress through the education maze to find happiness … Continue reading

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A personal journey out of the classroom (9): REALLY leaving teaching, Part II

I spent a week at home messing around and then started getting my act together. I contacted a former colleague from my ‘hokey cokey’ days back in school where I worked on an education project for a day a week. … Continue reading

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