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Hearing the catastrophic information about government targets for recruitment into initial teacher education – missed for the fifth year in a row across almost all subjects – has got me thinking, once again, about the issue of workload and how to get a better work/life balance.
Of course there are many things that we, as school leaders, can do to help with workload and, possibly more importantly, should not do when in the grip of ‘Ofsted fear’.
But it is especially important, I think, that all of us – including me and other senior leaders – have an off switch; a time when being the teacher stops and being the dad/partner/friend/son/brother starts.
If I am honest, this is something that I am having a personal struggle with at the moment; Ofsted is due, we have a growing number of vulnerable students who are struggling to get up to speed with the new exam expectations, and I can feel the anxiety building in me.
It’s hard to switch off when you know there is still so much to do to support your staff and the young people in our care.
However, finding that ‘down time’ is vital. Creating space to have some light-hearted banter about the latest Crystal Palace versus Brighton football match with @LiamHCollins or @JohnTomsett is needed – for me, at least.
As I write this I am very thankful for the latest series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Don’t sit there shaking your head at me! It’s a time when I sit with my family, at home, happily making sweeping generalisations about people we have never met – and, crucially, not looking at my iPad or phone.
It really doesn’t matter what causes you to stop and spend some time doing something that is purely about escapism and entertainment. You may well be much more cultured than I am and decide to go to a classical music concert – but however you manage it, I think it’s vital for all of us to have these moments when our work at school is not at the forefront of our minds.
I spent a long time talking recently with a colleague about how they could find a better balance whilst being a head of a ‘core’ subject – which is probably the busiest job in education at the moment. We created a checklist of things to try, which I’ll share with you now:
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