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Lessons in sticking with it

Lessons in sticking with it

9th July 2020

“I realised that I was in trouble when I was standing in front of class and I couldn't be sure that I wasn't going to cry."

As we approach the end of this extraordinary school year, two teachers share their thoughts on getting through the difficult times when they almost quit the profession.

Primary teacher Ryan Smith talks about how the leadership at his school was able to put in place measures to help streamline and reduce the overwhelming workload that so many teachers experience. These changes have made him ‘fall in love with teaching again’.

Secondary geography teacher Fearghal O’Nuallain says changing his perspective, knowing how to prioritise the numerous tasks that make up a teacher’s workload, and importantly, knowing when and how to say no have helped him to continue teaching. As Fearghal says, ‘You can’t fill from an empty cup’, and therefore looking after your own wellbeing is vital to allow you to be an effective teacher.

Here’s a taster of the new film. To watch the full version go to the Teacher Support section of the BBC Teach website.

This new film, part of the BBC Teach support resources, follows on from the recent confessions film where teachers share their experiences of coping with high workloads and a culture of presenteeism in education

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