Glass Ceilings

The fear is creeping in. The headaches are convulsing across the eyes. The neck and shoulders tense. There are only a few days of the holiday remaining and the work fear is already mounting.  With bomb-shell records of teacher burn-out, according to Education Support’s Teacher Wellbeing Index, 2021, 72% of staff members are ‘stressed’, it…

The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations

As teachers, particularly during the training and NQT years, we are told that expectations, high expectations, are the key to classroom success. According to the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards (2011), the very first ‘standard’ states that a teacher must:  ‘Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils; establish a safe and stimulating environment…

Pandemic Pandemonium

I completed my training year when the world first went in to lockdown in March of 2020. Teacher training in the UK is already a tough year, but add in the elements of working from home with little to no real contact from the training provider, with the expectation to carry on online teaching (which…

Welcome to Englishly!

Writing again was a big ambition of mine since finishing university, but the demanding nature of being an English teacher, and deciding what to write about, soon became overwhelming. So, why not write about what I do? This blog explores the every day issues and highs that teachers are currently facing within education. My school…

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Charlotte Bronte
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