Mindful Movement

January is the time when we are all thinking about getting in shape and losing some of those Christmas lbs. Gym memberships apparently increase by 40% during January as people realise that they need to get moving. However 80% of those new members will have stopped...

Mindful Eating – the hidden benefits

January has become synonymous with dieting, gym membership and starting a new healthy routine in western culture. The excesses of the holiday season often result in us gaining a few pounds and perhaps spending a bit too long sitting in front of the TV and when the new...

Wellbeing and OFSTED

As we wait patiently for the new OFSTED Framework we have been given a few clues as to what changes might be afoot. One of the key focuses of the new guidelines seems to be wellbeing; that of staff as well as students.  OFSTED has been a cause of stress for schools...

Glitter and Grimaces

Seasons Greetings! Tis the season to sparkle and scream in schools, particularly in primary schools as we approach the end of the first term of the year.  As if you haven’t had enough to cope with this term getting used to a new class, settling them into your...

Thanksgiving – a year round practice

This week is Thanksgiving in the US.Whilst this isn’t a festival we celebrate in the UK, it is one which I am very drawn to because I love gratitude. This year I am even more excited about it because my stepson and his girlfriend are studying in the US so they...

Teaching: a calling not a job

I was 7 years old the first time I remember consciously thinking “I want to be a teacher”. Mrs Duffy was my teacher and she was amazing. She had a calm, maternal approach to teaching and she made learning fun. Her favourite activity was asking us to write...

Rhyme and Sign Giveaway

“Out of My Window” is the latest “Rhyme and Sign” Adventure. It follows in the footsteps of “At the Bottom of My Garden” and “Our Farmyard Friends” in this charming series of children’s book. If you haven’t...

World Teachers’ Day

Friday 5th October is World Teachers’ Day. What does that mean? Well it is a day dedicated to celebrating teachers. It was established in 1994 to commemorate the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO agreement which standardises the status and work conditions of...

Teacher Stress

Talking about teacher stress is a huge part of my work. I am passionate about raising awareness of this issue. The statistics around stress in education are well documented, yet for the most part this problem is accepted as “part of the job”. I don’t...
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