One of the drivers that led me to leave the teaching profession and start Pupil Progress was that I could see the impact an effective tracking and monitoring system would have on my students’ outcomes and my ability to support teachers in my team and do my job as a Head of Faculty.
"Everything works somewhere, nothing works everywhere.” – Dylan Wiliam
How are you? Are your family and loved ones well? How’s work, your relationships and your life?
Joining the ranks as a head of your department is an exciting step in your teaching career. You feel like you can really make a difference at your school, and you’re proud to be acknowledged for your achievements as a teacher. At the same time, this is the beginning of the next stage of the journey in your personal development. How do you establish your new leadership role with conviction?
Last weekend was the inaugural TMMathsIcons event. Being surrounded by like-minded professionals, networking, and discussing how we can improve our practice is truly one of my favourite things to be a part of. It has taken me to many conferences, and I’ve been part of many Twitter chats because of it. But organising a free TeachMeet for other Maths Teachers has really been the pinnacle of my CPD to date.
When facing your first couple of years as a teacher, the adjustment to managing a classroom can feel a bit overwhelming. You’ve finished your teacher training with the drive to be the greatest teacher you can be, but you know it’s going to be a huge learning curve. You’ve probably got a lot of questions about how you can make the most of your experience as an NQT.
When I joined the education sector four years ago, I quickly realised the profession requires stamina and commitment. Half-hearted won’t do. Teaching is all consuming and there’s a sense of being married to the job.
Car keys, laptop, marking, lunch, folders, wallet, handbag, glasses, phone… check, check, check… and if you’ve forgotten them then it’s often a mad, curse-filled dash to get them.
Do you ever feel caught between that metaphorical rock and the hard place? Constricted by time, yet driven by the love for what you do and the yearning to get it right for your students?
With almost a third of teachers quitting within five years of qualifying, and concerns that fewer people are choosing to pursue a career in teaching, it could be said that the teaching profession is in crisis.