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Teach Well News Issue 10
23rd Sept 2019
Visit to Three Bridges Primary School, Southall, London
Teach Well News Issue 9 16th Sept 2019
Bullying of Teachers by Leaders: Revisited
Teach Well News Issue 8 9th Sept 2019
New Academic Year - New Teach Well Alliance
Teach Well News Issue 7 July 2019
Bullying: the Unspoken Shame of the Teaching Profession
Teach Well News Extra July 2019
Georgia Holleran's Teach Well Fest
Teach Well News Issue 6 June 2019
Brain Cell Team-Building
Teach Well News Issue 5 June 2019
Why Ofsted is Good for your Mental Health
Teach Well News Issue 4 June 2019
Teach Well News No Issue Number. June 2018
Can't Wait for the Summer Break?
Is this any way to live?
Teach Well News Issue No. 2 May 2018
What is teacher Burnout
and how do we tackle it?
Teach Well News No Extra Issue
Solving the Teacher Recruitment Crisis
Teach Well News Extra
What has the Teach Well Alliance been doing since January?
Teach Well News Issue No. 1 January 2018
Where the Teach Well Alliance story began!
Articles and Books
An Unspoken Shame
Primary School Management Magazine (Oct 2019)
This article was prompted by the many contributions from teachers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to the prevalence of bullying by school leaders.
It identifies the damage done to the mental health of teachers: unhappiness, long-term sickness, resignations, leaving the profession, suicidal thoughts and suicide intention.
It suggests that bullying is often used as a way of getting rid of teachers, rather than following accepted processes of redundancy.
My article proposes how teachers who are targets of bullying might oppose it and face the bullies.
Click on the image to read the article.
Tempting More Recruits Won't Stop Teachers Leaving
Primary School Management Magazine
In this article, I argue that the DfE's strategy to attract more people to train as teachers by offering financial rewards and increased support will not solve the crisis in education. Too many teachers are leaving with Burnout, having trained and begun to teach with enthusiasm and optimism for a career in teaching.
I stress the importance of tackling the conditions leading to teacher burnout in our schools and describe how I believe that Christina Maslach's work on the factors leading to Occupational Burnout is crucial to tackling it.
Doing Your Research Project
A Guide for First-Time researchers
Judith Bell and Stephen Waters Open University/McGraw-Hill
305,000 copies sold as of July 2019. This title is the best-selling non-fiction title for Open University Press/McGraw-Hill. The 7th edition is dedicated to the memory of my great friend and tutor at the Open University, Judith Bell, who was unable to work on this edition and sadly died before it was published.
Description on Amazon: "This is the market-leading book for anyone conducting a research project, whether for the first time or as an experienced researcher honing their skills. Clear, concise and readable, this bestselling resource provides a practical, step-by-step guide from initial concept to completion of your research report.
Thoroughly updated but retaining its well-loved style, this seventh edition provides:
This practical, no-nonsense guide is vital reading for all those embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study, irrespective of discipline, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education and health.'The latest edition provides extensive coverage of all that a research student might need to know. The expanse of the topics covered enables this book to be indispensable to a great range of students, not only at different levels of study but also in a variety of disciplines. Bell and Waters present an honest and practical look at a daunting academic undertaking and provide the student with a resource that is currently has no parallel. This new edition brings the text up to date with a look at some of the more creative approaches the research project might take and challenges students to think before making research decisions.'
Dr Susan Schutz PhD, MSc, RNT, RGN, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Schools and Teacher Wellbeing
All I'm allowed to say about the book is that it will look at the topic of teacher wellbeing and mental health within schools as organisations.
The planned publication date is June 2020
How to Write
Writing has always been something that I've enjoyed, going back to when I was in Primary School. Together with a love of reading, that is why I taught English in secondary schools for more than 30 years.
I know that I am fortunate. Many people find writing difficult, especially starting a piece of writing, structuring it and making sure that spelling, grammar and punctuation are accurate.
I can't say any more about this book right now but the anticipated publication date is in Spring 2020.
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