Performing the good girl

Reading Time: 6 minutes Chris Curtis’s latest blogpost – https://learningfrommymistakesenglish.blogspot.com/ – chimes with some things I’ve been writing / thinking about for a while now, about the ways that girls adopt different personas depending, in large part, on the expectations they experience in different places. I’ve had conversations at parents’ evenings that reveal the dilemma he describes, that “The home persona will say something and challenge things when the school persona will not, because they are worried they’ll get told off. Life for them is the battle between these two versions of themselves.” Working at a girls’ school for a decade, I’ve had lots of …

How to manage time well – use the Eisenhower box

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few quick posts coming up in the next few days about how to manage time and Get Stuff Done. The end of the summer term is always differently busy and at the moment I’m juggling being out on training days, having trainees come in for interviews, all the mocks for those not in years 11 and 13, plus a whole host of activities across the school. Oh, and most of my normal teaching timetable and trying to do some department planning for September. Time’s always pressured, as students or teachers. There’s planning, essays, marking, writing, reading, and everything else …

Towards a model of well-being in the English department

Reading Time: 4 minutes In September I take a step up to lead the department in which I’ve been second for two years. From personal experience and looking at the year ahead, one of my major areas of focus will be staff well-being. We have increased responsibilities, shrinking budgets, higher expectations and a highly pressurised timetable which includes a lot less planning time. It’s essential to take what steps we can to make the department an enjoyable place to work. Schools aren’t (take a deep breath!) only for the students. Happy, balanced and enjoyable work lives enable staff to do better jobs, no matter …