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Melt downs and the hidden dangers of mental health
Melt downs and the hidden dangers of mental health
One of our bloggers, Ray, has written this entry for Mental Health Awareness Week from his personal experiences and point of view. During Mental Health Week, we all ‘take stock’, reflect, re-group and decide on the best way to promote awareness of the warnings, the dangers and if possible, present some solutions to mental health issues within our lessons. This subject is very clo
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09/05/17
You should be able to do it, so why can’t you?
You should be able to do it, so why can’t you?
Do you recognise the signs when you're stressed? It's important not to put too much pressure on yourself and to admit when your work load is too much. This article could have many names to it, but it is about looking at what you need to do when life gets tough, especially performance in our professional roles. As teachers, we can at times be very hard on ourselves. No more so than the teache
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24/04/17
I’m well, I’m not ill, I’m just fine
I’m well, I’m not ill, I’m just fine
One of our regular bloggers Ray, touches on National Autism Awareness week, World Poetry Day and Mental Health Awareness week all in this entry. As I write this it is world Autism awareness week, World Poetry Day has just passed and Mental health awareness week is soon to be upon us; I mention this for several reasons, in previous posts I have indicated that I have a specific interest in ment
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06/04/17
A few tips for SATs
A few tips for SATs
One thing to remember in SATs is enjoyment. The children will be under a huge amount of pressure with their SATs and it is important for them to breathe and relax at some point during school. Give the children a run around after a test or work up to a reward. This just gives the children something to look forward to after the tests and their hard work. This will allow the children to stay calm
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30/03/17
'Old and young are the same'
'Old and young are the same'
  By working as a long term supply teacher, I am able to help my local Alzheimer and Dementia unit; fortnightly I teach art and assess the progress of the residents. You could ask 'What has this to do with teaching a student? How does this relate to me?' My main observation of the two groups is firstly, the limited attention span followed by the, all too familiar, lack of memory retent
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29/03/17
SEND Work
SEND Work
  This is Kieran’s first hand account of his tough, tiring but extremely rewarding work in a SEND School and why every day is worth it.   My first assignment offered to me by Protocol was with a SEND school in Cambridge. I was extremely excited about getting work so quickly and having it available long term if I wanted it. Not having too much experience in SEND work I gl
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21/03/17
Lessons In A Squeeze - Short Story Edition
Lessons In A Squeeze - Short Story Edition
Stuck for a good read this #NationalStorytellingWeek? These are Jen’s 'go to' short stories for Primary and where you can order them.   Imagine the scene, you had a call from a school at 8:45, after the rush to get there (having gone the wrong way 3 times), you reach the classroom, red-faced and flustered only to find that no planning has been left for you. Instead of being pani
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31/01/17
Pre Departure/Arrival and Getting Settled
Pre Departure/Arrival and Getting Settled
From Bathurst to Cambridge - Kieran and his partner did it and so can you, here's his journey and what he'd recommend to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.   My name is Kieran, I’m 24 years old and hail from the small town of Bathurst in NSW, about 3 hours west of Sydney. I’ve lived in Bathurst my whole life so picking up everything and putting
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25/01/17
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