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Teachers on teaching & how to manage your work-life balance

Recent headlines have highlighted teacher’s workload and the amount of stress and pressure they are put under. One article stated that “workload was the top concern, with 89% citing this as a problem, followed by pay (45%), inspection (44%), curriculum reform (42%) and pupil behaviour (40%)”.  This experience can be amplified if you are an NQT encountering some of the hurdles this career encompasses for the first time. Despite this, teaching remains one of the most rewarding careers with one such survey claiming that 83 per cent of teachers claimed they ‘loved their job’.

This tension between job satisfaction and work related stress is well worth addressing, and who better to address these issues than teachers themselves? We’ve asked our World Class team for some advice on how they manage their work-life balance.

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The Nation’s Attitude to Play

In the last decade, we’ve seen a whole new world of play emerge, one in which has lead to more screen time and less jumping from couch to couch to avoid the ‘lava’ below. Technology has, undoubtedly, changed the way our children play and interact. The discussion of technology and play is a timely one and of particular importance as providing the right learning support through play at an early age is essential for growth and development of young minds.

In a recent survey 1,000 mums in the UK were asked about their attitude towards play. In particular this survey explored the inclusion and impact of technology in our children’s lives. It was revealed that 30% of parents worry that their children don’t spend enough time playing outside. However, interestingly, it found that reading still remains a more popular pastime than playing on iPad’s, tablets or mobiles.

 

So, what are our nation’s attitude towards play?

 

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Technology has allowed children to become more autonomous in their play and provided parents and teachers with an alternative way of providing educational stimulus into their children’s and student’s lives.

This topic is one that we are likely to see more of as time goes on and technological advancements continue to weave their way into our day-t0-day living. Children are now being born into an era saturated by electronic devices and tech-savvy toys. Knowing how and when to integrate these advancements can feel overwhelming. Creating a balance between good ol’ fashioned play and the YouTube channel for kids is not always straightforward. Of course with all change there requires some time for adjustment, to meld these two forms of play in a way that ensures our children get the best of both worlds.

Technology seems to be forming a huge part of both our children’s and parents lives. How has it impacted you? What are your thoughts on technology and play? Comment below or find us on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.

Top Ten Teaching Blogs to Follow

Whether you’re a NQT or seasoned teacher,  we’ve compiled some of the most inspirational and influential must-follow education blogs. Offering insight and experience, you’re sure to learn a thing or two from these teaching professionals.

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The Role of Technology in Education In 2016

Technology in Education

Technology has changed everyone’s lives, from the way we communicate with our friends to how we shop, work and research important decisions. But has technology truly made it into our classrooms and if so how will this effect education in 2016? Let’s explore the role of technology in education and how it is impacting students and teachers alike. Education technology, or EdTech, is an important part of most teachers roles now and this is only set to become more prevalent in 2016, where it will affect everyone from the students to teachers and those with classroom assistant jobs.

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Teacher Wellbeing: Tips to keep you in top form

Teaching is a profession that requires copious amount of energy, stamina and mental agility. Stress in a fast paced, busy job is normal and to some extent expected. However chronic job stress can lead to burnout, characterised by feelings of exhaustion, frustration, tension and/or depression. Taking care of your physical and mental health is crucial to a long, sustainable and fulfilling teaching career.  Here are some tips to help get your year off to a healthy start and keep you feeling confident.

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