So I started my first headship post this academic year. Six months in and there has been a huge range of tasks that I never thought I would need to do as a head and a longer list of things I thought I would have to and haven’t yet. Six months in and I still… Read More Teacher recruitment in a pandemic
I have written before about the benefits of using the Headspace app as part of a range of strategies for managing with daily life. I was fortunate to secure a number of free annual subscriptions two years ago which staff, and students, used to great effect but this was not available last year. However, Headspace… Read More Headspace annual subscription is FREE for UK Educators
IMPINGTON VILLAGE COLLEGE – EXTENDING THE IB MODEL OF CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY AND SERVICE TO INVOLVE STUDENTS FROM YEARS 7 TO 13 Impington Village College (IVC) is proud to have been an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for over 25 years. Our international sixth form has students from 27 countries, from Brazil to the United States,… Read More Chartered College Impact Journal Article – iCAS and our wonderful enrichment programme
At IVC we have a well-being directory – this is a range of activities and support events to encourage the well-being and mental health of all staff and students at the college. As part of this, I was lucky to be able to offer staff a one-hour counselling session last term. I had wanted to… Read More How will you support staff this year?
I’m running the London Marathon for MIND this year. I’m doing this partly because I love running and partly because my life and the lives of those close to me have been bruised by spasmodic mental health. Things were going great but in the past few weeks, I’ve been injured…. Not in the “leg-hanging-off” sense of… Read More Injuries with double impacts…
I was at university when I was handed my first email account. What am I supposed to do with this I thought? Just as we can’t really recall a world before YouTube (12th Feb 2005!) or Facebook (February 2004! – I got married in 2004 for heaven’s sake) it seems very hard to imagine a… Read More Reducing the burden of Email
This is not a sad post about depression. It is a post of how, with the most amazing support of work colleagues and my family, I brought an end to the years of moodiness, the cycles of up and down and stepped away from the almost certainly disastrous resignation from teaching that would have had… Read More Taming the black dog….
So today was my first visit to Ada Secondary School in Bishoftu in the Oromia region in Ethiopia. We are here with two other teachers, Mrs Marcus-Parker and Mrs Wilson and three-year 13 students. We are visiting Ada Secondary as part of our partnership with Link Ethiopia a group we have worked with for a number… Read More Ethiopia School visit day 1
Just incase you are not familiar with the labors of Hercules (I went to a secondary modern so I had to look them up – much to my wife’s (classics scholar) amusement) the second of his labors was to defeat the 9 headed Hydra. Now Hercules had been set these tasks as part of his… Read More Time or Task management? Mastering a “Herculean” labor
Leg 1 – Amy Buchanan-Hughes and Simon Warburton Keswick 00:00 to Threlkeld 05:12:08 14 miles / 5,500ft ascent (Skiddaw, Great Calva, Blencathra) After the balmy weather in Cambridge during the week it was quite a shock to arrive in Keswick to 10 degrees and rain – the weather proved almost too much for Neville and… Read More Cambridge and Coleridge Fell Runners – attempt the Billy Bland relay challenge. 66miles and 42 peaks of the Lake District