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How new teachers can triumph over perfectionism

How new teachers can triumph over perfectionism
It's the joke answer to that difficult job interview question: "My biggest weakness is that I'm a perfectionist." But the reality of perfectionism isn't funny, with massive stress caused by unrealistic expectations. When you start any new job – but particularly one as all-encompassing as teaching – it is natural to want to hold yourself to a high s...
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How to close the gap? Put the best teachers in the most deprived schools

How to close the gap? Put the best teachers in the most deprived schools
By Becky Francis  Our society is stuck in a rut on social mobility – or rather, immobility. For decades, governments of every persuasion have sought to improve social mobility, to narrow the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. But that gap – in education, income, housing, health – continues to yawn. It is t...
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A beginner's guide to Professor Viviane Robinson

A beginner's guide to Professor Viviane Robinson
Where does she work?  Robinson is currently a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, and academic director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She is also a visiting professor at the London Institute of Education. She gained her PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1976. Quick facts: Nationa...
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Cut time, not corners: five life hacks to help you survive teacher training

Cut time, not corners: five life hacks to help you survive teacher training
Teachers aren't known for having a brilliant work-life balance. They are, however, famous for getting stuff done – and a few simple life hacks can make all the difference. Here are our insider tips on keeping yourself healthy, sane and happy while handling the demands of training and teaching. Keeping fit When you're swamped with work, the idea of ...
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Can school leaders rely on Kotter's change management model?

Can school leaders rely on Kotter's change management model?
A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for school leaders to be appropriately critical of educational and management gurus. One such guru is John Kotter, whose name is often found on lists of the world's leading management thinkers. But Kotter's influence is not just limited to business – last month, leading educationalist Andy ...
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