Quotes and More
The Inspirational and Controversial
Ellen Ronalds Keene
Self-Care for Teachers (Australia)
"While the dominant culture in society is that 'no pain, no gain' attitude, within education we also have a dominant culture and it's 'soldier on and give everything for the kids...It is this culture that we must address if we are ever to truly change the teacher burnout and teacher attrition rates.'"
Tyson Fury, (UK) fought Deontay Wilder (USA) for the Heavyweight Championship of the World on 3rd December, 2018. It was a draw. In 12 months, Fury lost 10 stone, gave up drugs and alcohol and overcame depression to get fit for the bout. No one gave him a chance. Fury was knocked down twice, the second time in the last round. He got up at the count of 9.
Read my blog 'Why Tyson Fury inspired me to tell my mental health story' on the Blog page of this website.
Sir David Carter
National Schools Commissioner from 1 February 2016 to 31 August 2018
'The best professional development is concerned with wellbeing as well as capability - when leaders see their team as people as well as professionals, they will get the most out of them'.
Formerly of the Beatles. Killed by a lone gunman (Oct 1940 - Dec 1980)
"When I was five years' old, my mother always told me happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'Happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life".
American author and poet
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Professor Peter Fonagy
CEO of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
'Teaching is a tough job. It can be immensely rewarding but also physically and emotionally draining. Safeguarding and mental health issues can be intense and complex. Children's behavioural and emotional problems are increasing. Many schools recognise this and provide support for their staff. The new focus on children's mental health, though, serves as an important reminder to us that we must couple support for school staff with the ambitions we have for children's wellbeing. If we don't, we will be letting down all school staff.
'If we want our school staff to do what's asked of them, then we need to make sure that their mental health and wellbeing is effectively supported'.
(Introduction to 'Supporting staff wellbeing in schools').
'A gentle word opens up an iron gate'.
'The challenge of leadership is to be strong. but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.'
H. Jackson Brown Jr
'...a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.'
American President: 2009-2017
'Values will get you through hard times and good times. They are the things that give meaning and purpose to what you do.'
Manchester City FC
Q: 'What does it take to be the best in anything?'
A: 'BE HUMBLE. You're merely human. Don't rule with fear; rule with love. Inspire people to WANT to run. Treat them properly, with respect'.
Head of Secondary School Teacher Training: University of Buckingham
'If we spent more time developing and looking after staff that are already experienced in the classroom, they wouldn’t leave'.
General: US Army
'The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership'.
Executive Principal: North Liverpool Academy
'Look after yourself before looking after others, so that together we can make a difference for all learners.'
Sir Andrew Carter OBE
Former Primary Headteacher; Government Advisor
'Your staff are 75 per cent of your costs. You must nurture them. The majority of schools will spend more money each year looking after their lavatories than they will looking after their teachers. They will have a caretaker to take care of the building. But is there someone who takes care of your staff? That is down to the head. It's about a culture.'
'We pulled children out of the mines once. We must take teachers out of the same mines that we put the children into.'
Professor of Education University of Southampton
"Wellbeing in schools starts with the staff: they are in the front line of this work, and it is hard for them to be genuinely motivated to promote emotional and social well-being in others if they feel uncared for and burnt out themselves. There is some way to go: 80 per cent of teachers report experiencing stress, anxiety and depression at work, and over 50 per cent feeling 'severely' stressed."
'What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?' Katherine Weare. Partnership for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools/National Children's Bureau (2015).
Apple (born 1955 - died 2011)
'It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so that they can tell us what to do.'
Being a teacher is one of the hardest jobs...
In his usual comedic style, Russell Howard interviews children (who are brilliant!) and talks about teaching which he says is 'one of the hardest jobs in this country'. Please note: the programme is broadcast after the 9 pm watershed and contains language and material which you might find offensive. To play the video: click on the arrow.
'Take care of yourself. You can't pour from an empty cup'.
Sir Richard Branson
English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. Best known for Virgin, which controls more than 400 companies.
'Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to.'
'Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.'
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education.
'Everything works somewhere, nothing works everywhere.'
Chris Wheatley and Pete Wilkes
'It is of primary importance that a school leader understands that the creation of a positive school culture can enhance all practice within the school. Conversely, a negative/toxic culture will erode success, and ensure that even if the school is achieving, the achievement is fragile, short-term and can easily break down.'
'Creating a Positive School Culture' (2012) Thinkpiece: National College of School Leadership
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