The Healthy Teacher Project 4 – Interview with Catherine Parker

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Catherine Parker,  currently a Secondary English RQT but with 15 years previous experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant. Catherine's positivity is infectious - she talks about the surprises of being a new teacher, how she copes with it, and why it's …

The Healthy Teacher Project 3 – Interview with Laura Oliver

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Laura Oliver, a Primary school teacher and middle leader, who's currently teaching year 5. Laura tweets at @insightsinlearn and has her own blog at www.insightsinlearning.com. Laura talks about the physical and mental demands of the job, how important it is to find a healthy balance …

Protecting your mental health as a teacher

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Mental health is something that affects everyone. Some people are more resilient, some cope better, but everyone needs to be aware of their own mental health and the mental health of others. Teaching can be draining, tiring, fatiguing and knackering - it's important to know how to deal with stress, anxiety and exhaustion when …

AQA Literature exam question flashcards

Flashcards with questions on, Jekyll and Hyde, Power and Conflict poetry, Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. These flashcards cover sections from four of the topics my year 11 students need for their upcoming English Literature exams. We're getting to the point now that students just need to practise planning questions quickly. Not agonizing over it, just …

The Healthy Teacher Project 2 – Interview with Andrew Hutchinson

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Andrew Hutchinson, a Director of English at a comprehensive school. We talk about the routines Andrew follows to keep healthy. The challenge of his 65-hour-a-week job and his career through education including a period where he stepped away from teaching. Andrew copes with …

The Healthy Teacher Project 1 – Interview with Craig Staples

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Craig Staples, a teacher for 24 years. who currently teaches English at a challenging inner-city school. Craig started in PE, moved over to History when he became an Assistant Principal, now he teaches English with a responsibility for literacy across the curriculum. I really …