It’s probably no surprise to you that the average teacher spends 48.2 hours per week on lesson planning, form filling and marking. Meaning you’re working well above and beyond the average 34-hour week. Research from the charity Education Support found 84% of surveyed school leaders now describe themselves as “stressed.” It’s important ahead of this year that you understand your wellbeing, what does it mean to you? It might not come naturally, but take the time to switch off ‘teacher mode’ and relax. Don’t be afraid to speak to other teachers or leaders if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Don’t reinvent the wheel! Build upon already existent teacher resources, share ideas with peers and find inspiration in the staff room to help lighten the load of lesson planning. There are loads of free online resources that could save you time and effort.
This year saw a rise in university applications for the first time in 3 years. UCAS reported a record 39.5% of all UK 18-year old’s applied to university, up from 38.2% last year. This means 275,300 young people applied, increasing from 270,685 a year ago. Consider how you will prepare your students for university, and what additional support they might need from you as an educator.
For those not applying to university there is increasing pressure to apply for apprentice schemes and intern applications. Adapt your teaching to suit this, focus on CV building as well as university application cover letters. Recognise that each of your students will take a different path when finding a career, you need to be equipped and adaptable in your approach to mentoring.
Wellbeing is a topic which has been growing in popularity across the industry. This year carefully consider the wellbeing of your students, consider what can be done to improve mental health in your school. Speak to leaders in your school to ensure student wellbeing is at the top of the priority list.
You know the drill! No planet, no play! We’re passionate about supporting our teachers in their quest to be as eco-friendly as possible. That means less print outs, reusable mugs and ditching the plastic bags! This year make sure you’re making a conscious effort to ensure your students are also having a minimal impact on our environment. It’s important to make your classroom an eco-friendly environment, and encourage your students to reduce, reuse and recycle!