Bullying

Bullying

Bullying

Anti-bullying week is coming up in November, and it is something which we dedicate a large amount of time and effort to in schools, not just during that week but all year round. I was thinking this evening how strange it is that we are so tough on bullying among children, yet we have so many schools, businesses and offices in which bullying is endemic and even accepted. My first experience of teaching was a stressful and extremely difficult one, due to the nature of the head teacher.  She would routinely humiliate staff and she piled on the pressure to

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Shoestring September

I only have time to write briefly, on the short train journey to work, but I wanted to pledge my promise to seriously curb my spending this month, sticking to only absolute needs and pre-organised events.  I should clarify further by saying that my focus is on cutting out the additional material objects and focusing more on experiences.  So £40 for a train journey to meet my friend for a weekend camping trip is allowed.  £11 on random food on the way home from work, when I already have food in the cupboard, is not. I will write more this

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Five tips for the workplace

Five tips for the workplace

Just a few things I have learnt over the past few years in teaching; though they apply to any workplace. Be flexible.  If you can adapt and roll with last-minute changes, meetings or projects without complaint, you will be regarded very highly indeed.  Sure, a last-minute shift in the proceedings might be annoying or inconvenient, but if there is nothing you can do about it, complaining will only stunt your progress.  Just get on with it, and show that you can adapt to whatever comes your way.  After all, isn’t that life?   This might seem like a contradiction, after

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