Opinion

Thoughts and reaction to developments in teaching from the Happy Teacher team and guest authors

I am a teacher saying “Thank you!” and I am not being sarcastic…

Let’s face it, teachers have developed a pretty impressive reputation for complaining. “Well we have a lot to complain about!” I hear you say. Yes, yes we do.

But more and more, I’ve come to realise there are so many people who make huge contributions to our wellbeing – from loud and proud social reps to the unsung heroes working behind the scenes. I want to write briefly about them. Firstly, because I don’t think we thank them enough in person. And secondly, because I don’t want anybody in teaching to underestimate the incredible power they have to improve the working conditions of their friends and colleagues.

So who makes you a happier teacher?

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Picture a teacher, Jeff.  Jeff’s an eternal morning optimist.  As he strides to school, he gets excited about a creative lesson plan that’s brewing, and he rehearses saying inspirational nuggets to his classes.  He believes that – this day – things will be different: he’ll remember to issue behaviour sanctions and put them on SIMs, he’ll take only 30 minutes to plan that Year 10 lesson, and he’ll definitely, definitely mark that full set of books before supper time.

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A couple of months ago, Nicky Morgan fully accepted the recommendations of three workload reports.  The full reports are very readable and can be found here; the TES provided this useful summary. So should we all expect a momentous lightening of teacher workload come September?

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