School Mental Health Award

Yesterday, my school received the Gold award for our work in Mental Health from Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie Centre of Excellence. Schools interested in gaining the recognition for your school should contact schoolmh@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or seek further information from their website Improve self-confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence for pupils and staff in your school The Department […]

Well-Being for Teachers

We need to learn to focus on ourselves before focusing on the needs of our pupils. Teaching is demanding. Everyday we need to present the best version of ourselves to ensure we get the best from our pupils. The biggest mistake many of us make is to think that school won’t survive without us… so […]

A fresh approach to CPD

In June 2019, we hope to launch a new e-learning website to support schools with all aspects of school improvement. We feel that many Northern Ireland Schools are adding to administrate tasks of staff by making them start policies, job descriptions, action plans and other needed documents from scratch. Whilst every download may not fit […]

Share the magic #edufestni

As a child, I was always fascinated by magicians. I remember a birthday party where one lovely gentleman arrived at my house. Much to my delight he pulled a real bunny out of a hat, found coins behind my ears and guessed my chosen card. I really did fancy myself as a magican so I […]

Compassion beyond the classroom…

When we become teachers, we have no idea of the journey that our classroom practice will take us on.  On Wednesday, a close friend informed me that a parent of a child in her Year 3 class had died.  She felt heartbroken for her pupil, sadness for his family and loss, a personal sense of […]

The Balcony View of School Leadership… Get off the dance floor

    The Balcony View is not a new concept in leadership. It is well documented that the balcony allows leaders to observe and take a strategic overview of what is going on.  The work of Heifetz. R and Linksy. M in their book Leadership on the Line encourage leaders to get on the balcony and […]

Let’s give our pupils a voice..school campaign to stop the drill…

I’m not normally so clued into environmental issues butI would like to encourage all those schools with an Eco Club should support the Stop the Drill campaign at Woodburn, Carrickfergus.  Woodburn is a beautiful forest with a huge reservoir that has spectacular views over Carrick and Belfast. It provides water for homes, schools and businesses […]

We could be heroes #magicweaving 

A member of my staff was visibly upset last week by death of David Bowie and this week by the guitarist, Glenn Frey of the well known American band the Eagles.  Being a child of the 80s, I have vague recollections of David Bowie’s interesting attire on Top of the Pops and a rumour of […]

Stepping Stones Unconference #nieyfs 

   After a quick coffee with the lovely @pamelalamela. We decided that a huge area of continuing professional development opportunities were focused on the upper school years.  Nursery and Foundation stage teachers were often neglected in training or had a small slice of the stage at Teachmeets. So alas without even thinking too hard we […]