staff room banterIT Advice & News

Examinations and Politics [wtr-time]

They don’t mix! Whilst we understand that the state is responsible for making policy for Education and setting the direction for improvement, the recent events in Scotland have worrying implications for schools in England. We know what happened. The Government took a very early decision to cancel public examinations this Summer. Was it premature in […]

Read more 1 year ago

Difficult Conversations At Work [wtr-time]

Difficult Conversations At Work By Christalla Jamil              Working with a difficult member of staff This is an area I have become better at over the years. Context is key so there is no right or wrong answer as to how to cope with such situations. I am an optimistic leader and believe in showering people […]

Read more 1 year ago

Find your Ikigai [wtr-time]

Find your Ikigai I came across this diagram a few years ago and it resounded with me. The definition of Ikigai is ‘a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly to a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being.’ ( For me, I was lucky to have known what […]

Read more 1 year ago

Using your accent as behaviour management [wtr-time]

Walking into a year 9 English class, middle period of the day and just before lunch, on my first day Supply Teaching in the UK I thought “I’ve got this.” I have taught English for 5 years now, this lesson will be a breeze, year 9’s are cool. They were not – year 9’s are […]

Read more 1 year ago

Educating kids at home is nearly impossible! [wtr-time]

During lockdown how difficult has it been to home educate your children? How are we going to get on? What you should realise is that one of the biggest concerns of Primary school teachers was the ‘loss of learning’ of their pupils during the Summer holiday. 6 weeks away from the classroom, in some case […]

Read more 1 year ago

The Big Return to School [wtr-time]

So, it now looks as though schools will return in September. The Dfe website is full of advice about how this should happen and lists the new responsibilities which schools will have to assume. What a different start it be for parents, pupils, teachers and all the other people who make schools work. There will […]

Read more 1 year ago

London calling to a faraway town teacher [wtr-time]

In the words of Cher Horowitz (Clueless reference, for all of you that haven’t watched this 90’s classic)… AS IF, it’s been a whole year since I moved to London. London has always held a special place in my heart. My sister has lived here for over a decade now, my first trip abroad with […]

Read more 1 year ago

How to write reports (without dying) [wtr-time]

That dreaded ‘R’ word. In the same way that Covid-19 dominates every conversation these days, reports are infamous around this time of year for relentlessly weaselling their way into every teacher’s coffee break conversation. No one wants to mention them, yet one slip of the lip and the seagulls come flocking, each wanting to get their word […]

Read more 1 year ago

Wellbeing and Really Reducing Teacher Workload [wtr-time]

Produced by Christalla Jamil, 11/08/2020 What prompted me to take action? I took on the headship of my previous school in the May 2013. A few weeks after we had an Ofsted monitoring visit resulting in a ‘requires improvement’ grade. Pressure was on to get to ‘good’ in a set framework of time. We achieved […]

Read more 1 year ago

Stay up to date

Sign up with your email address to receive the latest Teachers' Things news and updates