#PedagooHampshire18

Over the next three months details will be added to this page sharing the presenters and agenda for our 4th annual teaching and learning conference.

So far 70 teachers have taken up the challenge from last year and will be sharing their work on improving their practice based on the latest research and with outcomes as the starting point. The #teacher5aday themes have run through each event and this year I’m really looking forward to learning and connecting more than ever.

If you would like a ticket details are here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pedagoohampshire18-tickets-43049754976?aff=eand

Keynote Details

I’m very pleased to announce that Sue Roffey will be delivering the keynote this year. Sue has pioneered work on well-being in both Australia and the UK and was one of the inspirations behind #teacher5aday.

Find out more about her work here http://www.sueroffey.com/

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Sue has spent much of the last seventeen years in Australia where she founded the Wellbeing Australia networkand developed the Aboriginal Girls Circle – a program for Indigenous young women, based in the Circle Solutions principles and pedagogy, which is proving to be an effective intervention for developing healthy relationships, resilience and student responsibility. She is now back in the UK where she is focused on the Growing Great Schools project to addresses whole child, whole school wellbeing – including the wellbeing of teachers.

Sue is in demand as an international speaker and consultant. She is a prolific writer and several of her books have been translated. Read Sue’s most recent blog on Wellbeing as Core School Business: What it Is and Why it Matters, and her article in the Guardian Education on the UK Report on Behaviour (15th Feb 2012).

A full list of her publications is here: Sue Roffey Publications

She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Editorial Board of Educational and Child Psychology.

Follow Sue on Twitter: @SueRoffey

This year I have decided to charge £10 to reduce the impact of dropouts. Last year I turned people away as our school hall has a limited capacity and despite my best efforts we still had spaces left on the day. All donations will go to the school PTA who have bought kits for our sports teams with your kind donations over the past couple of years.

To see how things went last year look at the #Pedagoohampshire17 page here

https://martynreah.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/pedagoohampshire17/

and if you have any questions please get in touch.

Thanks for your continued support,

Martyn

PEDAGOOHAMPSHIRE18 PRESENTERS

Ros Farrell @RosFarrell1

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Session – Ethical education – is it for me?

Having taught in and lead mainstream primary schools I joined Educate Together Academy Trust in 2014. We now have 4 schools in the UK offering our unique ethical curriculum called Learn Together to primary aged children. At our session we will explore how establishing the schools as ethical organisations and teaching ethically can lead to a better work-life balance, enrich the curriculum, engage the children and also help achieve high academic standards.

As teachers are increasingly under pressure in many areas we will look at how an ethical approach can help.

Lorna Taylor @JollyBack

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Lorna Taylor is a Chartered Physiotherapist, specialising in occupational health, ergonomics and paediatrics. She’s been working within education for over 10 years. Known as a sincere and active campaigner for improved health and wellbeing, health promotion and injury prevention, Lorna developed the Jolly Back chair for early year and primary teaching professionals. She speaks regularly at national events, contributes to research and also enjoys her role as a secondary governor (linked to SEN, PP and MA).

Session – The new “Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers” – Education sector specific

Learning Objectives:

  • To have a thorough understanding of the new national toolkit “Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers” created by Public Health England and Business in the Community.
  • To be aware of the impact and costs of musculoskeletal problems to employees and employers.
  • To understand the importance and benefits of good musculoskeletal health (MSK) for employees and employers.
  • To be able to identify MSK risks to employees with the education sector.
  • To be aware of the interconnected relationship between MSK and mental health.
  • To be able to recommend practical advice to create a “Musculoskeletal Healthy Environment”

to:

  1. -help reduce the risks of MSK problems
  2. -help maintain those with existing problems in work
  3. -aid recovery where possible
  4. -promote health and wellbeing throughout schools you support to benefit employees and employers (and the children and young people we serve).
  5. To know where to go for further advice.

Gemma Singleton @MrsSingleton

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Gemma has been teaching science for the past 13 years. She started her career teaching in Hull and ventured down to Surrey in search of the next step. The move enabled Gemma to develop her skills in all aspects of school life from a KS3 coordinator to head of department, head of year, director of teaching and learning, a chartered science teacher and is now enjoying the role of director of Science for The Beacon School and the teaching and learning lead for Science across the GLF multi academy trust. Gemma has recently gained accreditation for a specialist leader in education for science as well as completing her Masters of education in leading innovation and change.  Gemma has a passion for making science accessible to every student and is excited to share her ideas of how to support lower attaining and SEND students in the new GCSE. Email:gsingleton@thebeaconschool.co.uk 

Anita Devi @Butterflycolour

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Anita is Founder & Director of ADL, a company focussed on bespoke innovative solutions to capacity-build in education.  She is a trustee for Healthwatch, a Regional Lead for #WomenEd and chairs a social enterprise. Anita’s expertise is utilised by The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC).  In 2017, Anita was awarded The Influential Educational Leaders Award.  Anita is working to towards completing her PhD in 2020, but equally she makes time after 5pm and weekends to chill out with family and friends. www.AnitaDevi.com

Mal Krishnasamy @malcpd

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I am a former senior leader of ten years in a variety of London schools leading Teaching & Learning & CPD. As an education consultant, I specialise in leadership development, coaching in schools and SMSC.

I devise bespoke leadership programmes for schools and am also an NPQML/SL trainer at the Institute of Education.   I introduce, sustain and embed a coaching culture in to organisations; training all staff in coaching skills and enabling leaders to inspire, challenge & empower their teams.

As a passionate advocate of both staff & student well-being, I am an independent SMSC consultant at the Citizenship Foundation and a member of the Steering Group for the National SMSC Quality Mark.

I am also a Regional Leader for WomenEdSE and the Dorset Advocate for the MaternityCPD Project & a Healthy Toolkit Advocate.

Lorraine Green

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Lorraine is Assistant Curriculum Leader for an English department in Hampshire. She has been teaching for 10 years  mainly in London and Kent. She is interested in teacher wellbeing, making English literature accessible and the application of Psychology to education. Inspired by her recent experiences teaching the new GCSE and reading ‘Make it Stick’ she is currently working on a project with her department to explicitly incorporate cross curriculum concepts from art, PRE, drama and history into the English GCSE curriculum to help students understanding and communication of complex topics.

Phil Naylor @pna1977

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Session – Don’t believe the hype- the use of research and evidence in education – Evidence based Science teaching

My short bio: Phil is currently seconded from his second senior leader role to be an Expert Adviser for the Teacher Development Trust heading up its Blackpool Hub. Phil is also the Assistant Director of the Blackpool Research School, a Science SLE for the Catholic Teaching Alliance, a former Science AST for Lancashire and sits on the EEF Science guidance working group.  Phil is a Governor at his children’s Primary School and is an experienced Professional Mentor. In his spare time is studying for an MSc Science and is a UEFA A Licence Football Coach.

Phil speaks on:

Research and evidence based CPD and its implementation in schools  Evidence based Science teaching

Victoria Hewett @MrsHumanities

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Session – This year Victoria will be sharing her journey with mental health from breakdown to recovery. Poor mental health is a growing issue within the teaching profession and Victoria feels passionate about driving down workload and helping teachers to manage work-related stress. In this session Victoria will share her experiences, the impact on her mental health and her journey to recovery. Along with the strategies she has implemented to reduce workload and improve wellbeing.

Bio – Victoria is better known as the twice nominated UK Blog Awards Finalist, Mrs Humanities. Currently Head of Geography and previously head of Humanities. Creator of #teacher5adaybuddybox and collator of #MagpiedPedagogy. Victoria is passionate about wellbeing, feedback and reducing workload.

Jean Knapp @MissJK24319629

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Jean Knapp has had a career in Mathematics teaching over 22 years (involving her first post in Greenwich and 7 years as a Mathematics Coordinator/Lead Teacher and AST in Hillingdon). Jean has been involved in Mathematics Consultancy for the last 14 years (starting in Hillingdon LA) delivering hundreds of courses and in-house school development, writing publications for the DfE and BEAM and delivering conferences all over the UK and one in Cologne in Autumn 2018. Jean has also worked as a Primary Mathematics University Lecturer at Kingston University for 7 years and in 2018 made the decision to return to a part-time school post, combining classroom teaching with consultancy.

As both teacher and consultant she has been constantly interested in how we crack the barriers to support children in solving word problems. Word problems are not going away, language is increasing in our Mathematics curriculum.  Answering questions such as, is it time to ditch RUCSAC? Are numberless word problems a solution? What role do verbs have in our assessed curriculum? Which methods assess understanding?

Many of these ideas were shared in April 2018 BCME and used throughout my current teaching and consultancy. This will be a chance to debate and share ideas tried and tested.

Website available in the next few weeks.

Clare Erasmus @cerasmusteach

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Clare is a secondary school teacher at Brighton Hill community school, who is widely recognized for helping spearhead mental health and wellbeing strategies in schools.  In 2015 she was one of the first in the country to be appointed in the pastoral role as The Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing for a large comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. She was also announced as the runner up for the 2015/16 Community Champion Award. The Community Education Awards recognised Clare for making an outstanding contribution to helping children become positive community members. Clare delivered in April a TEDXNorwhichED talk with her daughter, Rosie, on the concept behind the values for  #FamilyMH5aday.

Session

I’m a teacher who works 5 days a week. This also means at least a few hours at the weekend to stay on top of it all. With pressing deadlines and daily exhaustion Sometimes it felt easier to disconnect from my family than make real time connections  It was not long before the warning signs were there and I realised I was going to lose what was most precious to me …..

#FamilyMH5aday is about taking back control in your life and prioritising the mental wellbeing of your family through living the GREAT-values  . In this session you will explore YOUR version of the GREAT-values and have something to take back home ……to make a start ….

Kiran Satti and Vivienne Porritt @ViviennePorritt @KSunray3 

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Session: #10%braver to #Pressforprogress

Description: Womened is a grassroots movement travelling at full throttle changing and shaping lives. In our session, we will explore #womened impact on teaching, leadership and wellbeing. Our work is grounded by our values and so we will interrogate the idea of authenticity and how #womened enables teachers and leaders to focus on their why and move forward. How can you focus on your why and move forward? It starts with being #10%braver.

Amanda Fleck @AJTF71

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Session – Language and literacy demands of KS3 and KS4 science and the implications of this on the accessibility of assessments in science.

Amanda is an educational consultant and a part-time science teacher based in South London. Amanda has two decades’ experience of teaching science from KS2 to KS5 in and around the London area. Her current lead PiXL science associate role involves visiting science departments across the country to provide support and advice on effective leadership and teaching strategies. Amanda combines this with coordinating the writing and production of science resources for PiXL science and the delivery science specific CPD for PiXL and a number of other training companies.  After three years as a consultant Amanda is delighted to be returning to work full time in a school in September 2018 leading on science and whole school assessment.

Philip Anderson @dukkhaboy

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Session – “Mindfulness in the classroom and the staffroom”

I am on twitter as  @dukkhaboy and have a blog which is www.dukkhaboy.wordpress.com

I teach at St Edmund’s which is a girls secondary modern in Salisbury. I am head of Geography but also teach mindfulness to year 10 in the curriculum, have been teaching mindfulness in some of our feeder schools to year 5 and 6s this year and have recently started teaching the MBSR mindfulness course to staff.  My presentation is aimed at anyone who wonders if mindfulness might be useful for them personally and their own well being or who wants to know how mindfulness can work in a whole school setting.

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Tracy Hotchin @tracy_hotchin #teacher5aday #pledge 2018

A review of my year… I have actually surprised myself by achieving much more than I thought I had, which was a pleasant realisation!

The problem of work/life balance doesn’t seem to get easier, however, my weekends are very precious to me and I try to avoid work impacting on them too much so that I can spend time with my family. Then there is a little slice of time for me, myself and I!

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Anyway, here we go…2017 goals and evaluation

– to continue my exercise journey and try to cycle to work once a week #exercise

Oh dear! This did not happen, and has probably been the area I neglected the most, due to time and lack of motivation. However, I hurt my back at the end of the year, which was quite an eye opener as it has made me realise how important it is for me to stay fit. I am going to try to make more effort- honestly.

– to do some art- I love painting, drawing and scrapbooking and so would love to get back into this in some form #notice #connect

I managed to get back into drawing a little, painted something for my parents and I also travelled to London to see the Hockney exhibition which was brilliant!  I want to keep this hobby growing.

– be involved in #52books2017

I love to read and this definitely motivated me to read much more- I will be taking part in #52books2018. It has also developed my knowledge of children’s literature, which has impacted on my teaching and culture in my classroom

– to attend #PrimaryRocks  #learn #connect

This was a brilliant experience- quite surreal meeting Twitter people! I was fortunate to listen to Paul Dix, Chris Dyson and more.  I also attended ReadingRocks which was very inspirational and has definitely changed my teaching.

So …2018!

I want to continue to develop my love of art, and am seeking ways of developing this. #connect #learn

I will participate in #52books2018 and try to attend Reading Rocks again, hopefully taking along more members of staff to inspire.

I know my health and fitness is the biggest area to focus on- I need to ensure I eat healthily to nourish myself (especially in times of stress) and to also exercise more.

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I love being outdoors, I find it very therapeutic, spending time with my family walking or having adventures. We now have a National Trust pass and I want to try and use this as much as we can. #exercise #notice

Finally, it is the year of a big birthday for me- and I do want to ensure I do something really special for it and embrace becoming 40!!!

I am looking forward to moving into 2018, I have #teacher5aday to thank for helping me rediscover hobbies and interests that sometimes get buried under school life.  It was lovely to host a day of #teacher5aday#calendar this December- Twitter is just such a brilliant community to be involved in. Happy new year!

 

#teacher5day #pledge 2018

It’s that time of year again when resolutions are made.

Is this year the chance to make a change to your work / life balance and improve your well-being?

Could #teacher5aday help you plan how you might spend more time looking after you?

Over two hundred teachers in the last three years have used the ideas to think differently about their return to the classroom in January.

Will you be next?

Based around the ideas in the New Economics “Five Ways to Well-Being” report included in the original #teacher5aday blog here http://wp.me/p4VbxY-6E you could follow the lead of other educators and pledge some more of your time for you to #connect #notice #learn #volunteer and #exercise in 2018.

Lots of teachers have also vlogged about their ideas about improving well-being here http://wp.me/p4VbxY-nW and you could also use some of the ideas about from the #teacher5aday journa17 here http://wp.me/p4VbxY-mG

Should you need any further more inspiration then the #teacher5aday pledges from 2017, 2016 and 2015 can be found here….

http://wp.me/p4VbxY-dc

http://wp.me/p4VbxY-7x

https://wp.me/p4VbxY-mI

So far the following teachers have shared their ideas for 2018 below……

2018 #Teacher5aday #Pledge

Tracy Hotchin @tracy_hotchin

https://wordpress.com/post/martynreah.wordpress.com/1865

Bukky Yusuf @rondelle10_b

https://teachleadco.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/making-time-for-your-well-being-when-you-dont-have-time-cultureofwellbeingdginset/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Becki Bowler @Beckib77

https://adventuresineducationweb.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/teacher5aday-2018-pledge/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Chris Eyre #50isplenty @chris_eyre

https://chriseyreteaching.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/50-is-plenty/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Helen P @learnmesummat

https://learnmesummat.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/teacher5aday-pledge/

Char @misscharteach

https://mscharteach.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/teacher5aday-2018-pledge/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Miss Cloke @missclokePE

https://takeawayteacher.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/my-2018-pledge/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Hannah Wilson @TheHopefulHT

https://thehopefulheadteacher.blog/2017/12/27/myteacher5aday-pledge-2018/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Mrs Clark @mrsclark_2

https://mrsclarkteach.wordpress.com/

Ed Broadhurst @broadhurst

https://brodhurstblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/teacher5aday-pledge-2018/

Bex N @BexN91

https://bex-trex2teaching.weebly.com/blogs/teacher5aday-2017-review-2018-pledge

Lesley Munro @LesleyMunro4

https://t.co/ukEpM2Sx2D

Miss Davies @musicmissdavies

https://musicmissdavies.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/teacher5aday-pledge-2018/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Roy Souter @Exe_Head

https://exeterhead.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/teacher5aday-pledge-2018/

Mrs Humanities @MrsHumanities

https://teacher5adaybuddybox.com/2018/01/01/teacher5aday-pledge-2018/

and some 2017 Reviews are here …

Mrs Humanities @MrsHumanities

#Teacher5aday 2017 Reflection

Miss Davies‏ @musicmissdavies

https://musicmissdavies.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/my-teacher5aday-pledge-review-for-2017/

Chris Navigator

https://chrisnavigator.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/teacher5aday-pledge-2017-reflection/

Chris Sweetman @ChrisAFRIN

https://t.co/J1T3yoeXnj

Values Education

https://valuesinaction.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/reviwing-my-pledges/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Tash @NorthDevonTeach

https://t.co/kEHeIWoXSC

Christine Couser @ChristineCouser

https://ccouser.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/reflections-on-my-2017-pledge/

Mrs. M. Davidson @AllM14891126

https://t.co/pL6IdSt0WS

Healthy regards for 2018,

Martyn

p.s. don’t forget to check out the #teacher5aday YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtMKKKxktzjrBXGk_diRXmQ

#teacher5day #calendar

#Teacher5aday Calendar is back!

For the third year running your build up to Christmas can be filled with well-being goodness. All you have to do is get involved with the next set of #teacher5aday challenges over the course of December.

Following on from the amazing success of #teacher5aday #photo in November a fantastic array of #volunteers this year have offered to host a day each of the calendar building up to Christmas. They will each open a door of the calendar to reveal their challenge with the aim to get as many tweachers and teachers alike involved in something that will enhance their Christmas cheer.

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Following in the footsteps of Tim Clark’s excellent brace of #calendars

2016 Calendar blog –

2015 Calendar blog-

the #teacher5aday team of Santa’s little helpers have listed their challenges below.

Your challenge should you choose to accept it is to take the #teacher5aday #calendar and place it somewhere prominent in your staff room. Each day print out the challenge so more teachers who are not on twitter can begin to understand that there are a growing number of colleagues around who understand that happy teachers + happy students = improved results.

If you want to participate on twitter as well, make sure you tweet a picture of you and your colleagues completing your daily challenge and remember to include the hashtags #teacher5aday and #calendar.

If you would like to get involved and co-host a day then please get in touch and if you would like to know anymore about #teacher5day check out the blogs below.

#teacher5aday #calendar 2017

Friday 1.12 – Patrick Ottley-O’Connor @ottleyoconnor – Share the calendar idea with everyone in your workplace #connect

Saturday 2.12 – Kathryn Morgan @KLMorgan_2 – Favourite childhood toy #notice

Sunday 3.12 Miss I @FootieFanMiss – Great outdoors #exercise

Monday 4.12 Kim Baker kim_baker917 – Share you favourite childhood memory – connect

Tuesday 5.12 Sam @samschoolstuff – enjoy your favourite meal #notice

Wednesday 6.12 Char @misscharteach – a little surprise #notice

Thursday 7.12 Rachel Atherton @AthersScience – Leave a note #connect

Friday 8.12 Jade Lewis-Jones @JLJbusinessed – Go for a walk / swim / cycle #exercise

Saturday 9.12  Tracy Hotchin @tracy_hotchin – Watch a festive movie with family / friends #connect

Sunday 10.12  BlondeBonce @blondebonce – Switch off completely from work #volunteer 

Monday 11.12 Ritesh Patel @Mr_Patel100 Have lunch with a member of staff you don’t work closely with 

Tuesday 12.12 ParentHub @ParentHub_UK – Explore a new website / app #learn

Wednesday 13.12 Emily LP @emily_slade – Go on a tour of your local Xmas lights #exercise 

Thursday 14.12 Roy Souter @Exe_Head – Concerts and Carols #connect

Friday 15.12 Matt Hickey @headhighwood – Christmas Jumpers #conncet

Saturday 16.12 @Behaviourteach – Do something for someone else #connect 

Sunday 17.12 Kerry Jordan-Daus @KerryJordanDaus  drinks on me #volunteer 

Monday 18.12 Helen P @leanrmesummat – Thank people who keep the school clean + tidy #notice

Tuesday 19.12 Julie Hunter @MsHMFL 10000 steps #exercise

Wednesday 20.12 Bernie @EnterpriseSBox  Spend quality time with someone special #connect 

Thursday 21.12 Jane Thistletwaite @Headstnicholas Don’t answer your emails or turn on your computer #connect 

Friday 22.12 Liz Allton @LizSaddler – What / Who has given you the sparkle to keep going until Xmas #notice

Saturday 23.12 Claire @@cj_m87 – indulgent treat #notice

Sunday 24.12 Hannah Banks @geog_nqt – Pre Christmas build up #connect

 

Wishing you all are Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Martyn

ps

Looking forward to your #teahcer5aday #pledges in January and more contributions to the #teacher5aday YouTube channel …….

 

 

 

#teacher5aday #gentlejog 

I’ve been inspired by @fattymustrun to start an online running club for teachers this summer. With 6 weeks of fun ahead of us I wonder how many collective kms we could notch up and how much better we could feel as we return to work in September?

A few years ago I started the NHS couch to 5km programme and followed it to the letter.

http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

As a footballer in a previous life I enjoyed a small amount of fitness but when pre season would come around I would dread the running sessions. I didn’t think I was built for running. The problem was I had never understood HOW to run. If I can follow the programme and teach myself to do it that I belive anyone can do it.

Roll forward a few years and I would now describe myself as a runner. I’m a fan of a gentle jog and have aimed for the last couple of years to get out 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Last year I enjoyed my best year to date notching up over 1200km in the year but this year since February I’ve had a variety of illnesses which have hindered my progress. So I need your help.

By joining in together with a group of teachers and forming this running club I’m hoping I will get back into my healthy habit inspired by Vivienne Porritt’s call to arms (at #Pedagoohampshire15) to focus on one thing and do it until it becomes a habit.

I’ve only focused on getting out and running for 30mins 5 times a week. I’ve not counted steps or checked out speeds just added the kms as I’ve gone along. I’m hoping this running club is going to develop in the same way. Celebrating people getting out and getting involved.

(the benefits of gentle jogs

http://therunningbug.com/fitness/motivation/the-benefits-of-slow-running?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=slow-running&utm_campaign=slow-running&utm_term=slow-running&utm_content=slow-running)

There is no time like the present to get started so for the next couple of weeks I will try to get out 5 times each week before the holidays start. If I do 3 that’s better than none. I’ve learnt over the years not to be too hard on myself a skill which I’ve taken into my professional life as well.

If you’d like to join in then post a piccie of your feet and one of your view and include the hashtags #teacher5aday and #gentlejog.

Hope you can get involved.

Martyn (2fat2run)

Unconscious Bias: I am a white British man in my 50s, so of course I’m the headteacher! (Guest Post from Patrick Ottley-O’Connor @ottleyoconnor)

I guess that sounds pretty arrogant, but it is often the truth in our schools that someone with my profile is the person in charge. Google the word ‘Headteacher’ and you’ll see the majority of images that fit my profile; indeed I counted 200+ images before I saw a BAME leader!  In fact, I guess it is also the case in many organisations outside of education. When I visit other establishments wearing my headteacher uniform of suit, tie, cufflinks etc, I’m often mistaken for a doctor, manager or whatever title is given to the person in charge…at least until I open my mouth and they hear my broad Yorkshire accent!

I was not destined to become a headteacher.  I grew up in a small, predominantly ‘white’ mining village in South Yorkshire and despite not doing particularly well at school became the first in my family to go to university.  Most young people went on to the local college, where boys studied electrical or mechanical engineering for the pits and most girls studied admin or pre-nursing/caring courses.  As a caring 16-year-old lad, I bucked the trend (encouraged by my gorgeous parents) and followed the pre-nursing route.  This turned into PE teacher training on the basis of my early sporting talent and that was the start of my career.
I regard myself as a lucky leader. I’ve often used the following equation with students in assemblies:

Hard Work + Talent + Opportunity = Good Luck

Like many, I have always worked hard and demonstrated some talent, but appear to have benefited from more than my fair share of opportunities.  Why are some leaders luckier than others?  Is it that I have simply been given, created or seized more opportunities than others or could there be an unconscious bias working against non-white, non-male leaders?

There are plenty of hardworking & talented BAME leaders who, quite frankly, simply don’t seem to have the opportunity. Whether it is not offered or taken up, it remains an essential missing ingredient!

So why am I so passionate now about equality, inclusion & diversity? The short answer is – I don’t really know!  All I do know is that I’m now driven by a strong moral purpose to help transform the lives of the children who need it most.  Tapping into the woefully under represented talent pool of BAME leaders is currently a major missed opportunity for our profession. Any MAT, CEO, Governing Body & Headteacher that does not recognise and harness the untapped BAME talent is certainly missing real opportunities. 

I hold the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything I do and they shape all that I stand for. As a teacher of 30 years, a senior leader of 25 years, and a headteacher of 14 years in schools facing challenging contexts with high levels of disadvantage, I am committed to developing a teaching & leadership community which is representative of the groups that I serve.  To do this I need to recruit the best teachers and leaders. I always aim to make inclusion a reality within education. I Equally important is the need to grow & retain colleagues through enthusing, engaging and empowering them; coupled with nurturing & liberating leadership potential from all, through high quality CPD and appropriate opportunities.  

I welcome the challenge of enabling staff from all backgrounds to develop and excel in their roles. From ITT & NQT to MLT & SLT members, I aim to support every staff member to develop their potential and to promote leadership at every level.  I play my part in addressing underrepresentation of groups at senior levels and always strive to ensure that the school represents our diverse student population now, and into the future.  Does your organisation approach this opportunity with the same gusto?  If not, why not? What are the barriers?  Is it ‘just one of those things’ or could it be the unconscious bias of those in charge?

I suppose the very fact that I am who I am, coming from my own background; I will carry my own unconscious bias.  This alone makes the case for a diverse and inclusive leadership team.  We all come from our own perspective, fully loaded with our unconscious bias.  If I surrounded myself with ‘mini-me’ leaders, then our collective unconscious bias could manifest itself with unchecked bias. Although, as a Headteacher I need good support from my team – without equal challenge we would be in danger of becoming dysfunctional!

Twitter has really helped broaden my perspective and connects me with a diverse range of education professionals. I collaborate with and learn from the best national and international experts on inclusion & diversity.  I engage with programmes and professionals that support the ambition for inclusion & diversity.  I develop leaders and practitioners so they’re empowered to share learning about inclusion & diversity. I set extremely high standards around inclusion when recruiting staff and practitioners, and expect the same from any partner organisations that I collaborate with. I bring challenge to the wider system with regards to leadership for inclusion & diversity and engage with those at the forefront of developing new ways to inspire and bring about sustainable change on inclusion & diversity.

I believe that developing a diverse workforce within our schools is massively important. An increasing proportion of people that work in education are from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background: despite this BAME colleagues are underrepresented, in particular at the highest levels of school leadership. I regularly hear of discrimination and even that many experience shocking levels of bullying and harassment. 

I believe that an explicit emphasis on inclusion & diversity, through leadership, will strengthen the experiences of colleagues and ultimately students, and therefore will help to transform the culture of our schools.

We all need to bring fresh thinking and approaches to inclusion & diversity to have any hope of impacting on leadership practice and behaviours. We should promote the importance of recognising and nurturing difference through a number of ways: including working in partnership to identify & celebrate the work of under-represented groups of BAME. 

The challenge is clear for all MATs, Governing Bodies and Headteachers: to embrace the opportunity by recognising and addressing unconscious bias to ensure that we harness the greatest possible talent and make a real difference for our learners.

#teacher5aday #stressawarenessmonth 

In the most stress free way possible I will post the resources and ideas shared as part of stress awareness month here. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to contribute.

The original blog for this year is here if you would like a copy of the calendar below and a few ideas to try out http://wp.me/p4VbxY-pT

Day 1 – Join 13 million others and watch @kellymcgonigal in her TED talk “how to make stress your friend”.

Post your views using #teacher5aday #stressawarenessmonth after you’ve watched it.

Day 2 – listen to Mark Healey’s view of how teachers could deal with stress.

Day 3 – thanks to Hannah Gregory for today’s poster. Print it out, stick it up and start talking about it.

Day 4 – 10 great tips to try from James Hilton

J Hilton Top 10 Poster_A3

Day 5 – Try a cup of tea shred – from @paulgarvey4

Cup of tea shred

Day 6– take a drive with @JamesLiney

Day 7 – Changing perspective – after your drive with James ….. https://www.headspace.com/

Day 8 – remember the rhythms of the year

Day 9 – 50 is plenty – time to start keeping count https://chriseyreteaching.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/50-is-plenty/

Day 10 – get involved with a week of well-being chat with the Chartered College.

https://martynreah.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/a-week-of-well-being-chat-building-it-together-in-partnership-with-the-charteredcollege/?preview=true

Day 11 – another ten top tps to try this time from @keli3_j

Day 12 – circle the words which best explain your mood and add a reason to explain why. (from Lorette Ashwell)

Day 13 Share Diane Kenny’s 5 tips far and wide

Day 14 – go WALKIES with Sue Roffey

https://martynreah.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/going-walkies-the-micro-moments-of-supportive-school-relationships-sueroffey/?preview=true

Day 15 – half way point – Try these activities for any month you like – from Mrs Roberts

Day 16 – Clare Maas asks you to consider burnout.

https://clareseltcompendium.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/stress-awareness-discussion-points-teacher5aday/

Day 17 – ideas from Marlborough Primary

Day 18 sign up or make your own version of #teacher5adaybuddybox from @mrshumanities

Day 19 – Try out Rachel Atherton’s ideas about how to develop your 5aday.

Day 20 – A little guide to mindfulness

http://sage.uberflip.com/i/808332-a-little-guide-to-mindfulness

Day 21 – some student5aday from Hannah Gregory.

Day 22 – ideas to improve your marking from Zoe Paramour’s contribution to #teacher5aday #slowchat4

#Teacher5aday Day 2 – Managing Workload & Marking

Day 23 – advice for this term from Flora Barton wb!

Day 24 – free posters for students from Action for Happiness

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/posters-for-children

Day 25 – try out his happiness at work survey

http://www.nef-consulting.co.uk/our-services/strategy-culture-change/well-being-at-work/happiness-at-work-survey/

Day 26 – try out some of the ideas from session 329 of UKEDchat – reducing stress for all

https://ukedchat.com/2016/11/16/329-reducing-stress-for-all/

Day 27 – Switch on to switching off PPT from Lorette Ashwell

SWITCH ON TO SWITCHING OFF

Day 28 – Time for some valuable feedback that support teacher well- being from Rebecca Foster

https://thelearningprofession.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/on-valuable-feedback-that-supports-teacher-wellbeing/

Day 29 Time for some sensory well-being from Lynn McCann

Sensory Wellbeing poster

Day 30 – Relax don’t quit from Julie Hunter

relax