Wellbeing and mental health

  1. Courage in the Classroom: LGBT teachers share their stories

    Courage in the Classroom: LGBT teachers share their stories

    We are all at our most effective when we can be ourselves at work, but more than half of LGBT teachers hide their sexual identity within their school workplace. For LGBT teachers, vigilance, concealment and assimilation, take a great deal of energy, on top of what is already a very demanding job.

    This book is essential reading for any LGBT teacher aspiring to succeed as their authentic self. It will also be of interest to Headteachers and other education leaders seeking to make their schools safe and inclusive workplaces for their LGBT staff and LGBT families. Based around the inspirational work of the Courageous Leaders programme, this book turns on its head the notion that it can be difficult to be a leader in school and be LGBT.

    Through personal testimonies, advice and a rousing call to arms, this book shows how LGBT School Leaders are often amongst the most inclusive, creative, adaptable and intuitive colleagues, when they are able to flourish and be their authentic selves.

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    £15.00
  2. Putting Staff First

    Putting Staff First

    If we do not ensure, first and foremost, that our teachers are feeling physically and mentally well, they cannot be their best for their students. Consequently, a school which does not prioritise staff wellbeing is disadvantaging its own students. <P>‘Students first’ is a misplaced sentiment: the best thing for students is a happy, healthy, motivated, well-trained, expert staff. By putting staff first you are providing for students the one thing which will help them make good progress in their learning: truly great teaching. <P>Whilst it is easy to say that schools would not exist if it were not for the students, the glib converse is that without truly great school staff, the students would not be taught. What we need – as recruiting subject specialist teachers, school leaders and specialist support staff becomes increasingly difficult – is a revolution in how we treat our school staff. <P>We have to put our staff before our students because it is the only hope we have of securing what our students need most: a world class education. The longer our schools are populated with hypoxic adults, we imperial all our futures.

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    £10.00
  3. A Quiet Education: Challenging the extrovert ideal in our schools

    A Quiet Education: Challenging the extrovert ideal in our schools

    'A Quiet Education' serves as an unashamed cheerleader for all that is quiet, challenging the myth that collaboration and noise should be at the heart of what happens in schools. Learn More
    £15.00
  4. Toxic Schools: how to avoid them and how to leave them

    Toxic Schools: how to avoid them and how to leave them

    Helen Woodley's critically-important action research is an investigation into the effect of working on a toxic schools on teacher mental health and wellbeing. Five teachers share their experiences of working in toxic schools across a variety of settings. Learn More
    £14.00
  5. Talent Architects: How to make your school a great place to work

    Talent Architects: How to make your school a great place to work

    Mandy Coalter draws on her extensive HR experience in the schools sector and beyond to support you to build a great place to work where everyone can excel in the interests of the children. She provides practical tips and support that will help to improve staff retention, performance and engagement, while tackling topics such as addressing teacher workload, what really motivates and retains staff and the crucial role that leaders play in ensuring great people management in schools.

    Insightful, captivating and authentic, Mandy suggests fresh and practical new ideas and opportunities to strengthen your school and teachers, better equipping them to support their pupils.

    A graduate in Law, a Fellow of the CIPD and a trained Executive Coach (ILM7), Mandy joined United Learning in 2012 where she developed a 5 Year People Strategy. The United Learning HR team won the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development ‘HR Team of the Year’ in 2016. HR Magazine listed Mandy in the top 40 ‘HR Most Influential’ in 2017 and she was shortlisted for the HR Excellence Awards ‘HR Director of the Year’ 2018.

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    £12.00
  6. Hairdresser or Footballer? Bridging the gender gap in schools

    Hairdresser or Footballer? Bridging the gender gap in schools

    Teaching is a profession where we are persistently trying to ensure that our children have the best possible future, yet gender is still a huge hurdle in terms of expectations. We are setting children up to fail because society instills certain messages in them that can often stop them from achieving what they desire and as teachers, we aren’t always opposing them. Often, teachers are so removed from this issue that they don’t see it going on in their classroom. This book provides thinking points for teachers and useful strategies for schools to overcome this divide and provide equal opportunities for all children. It’s commonplace to see this divide in newspapers and on social media, it’s something that needs to be addressed. As educators, we need to be at the forefront of this revolution.

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    £14.00
  7. Global Perspectives in Positive Education

    Global Perspectives in Positive Education

    The common goal of the contributing authors in this publication is to engage, learn from and share success in order to energise the positive education movement for the benefit of our young people. This is the greatest contribution we can make to the future of our global society and the wellbeing of its citizens. Learn More
    £16.00
  8. Sustaining Resilience for Leadership: Stories from Education

    Sustaining Resilience for Leadership: Stories from Education

    Julia Steward draws on research findings and on her work as a leadership development coach and facilitator. Reflections on her own experience as a leader illustrate how unconscious habits of thinking and behaviour can hijack our leadership development in any profession. Practical exercises address the question: what can I do about this if it applies to me? Learn More
    £14.00
  9. Wholesome Leadership: The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leaders

    Wholesome Leadership: The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leaders

    Spanning the comprehensive perspective of self, school and system, this tour-de-force is both well-informed and uplifting whilst at the same time being full of practical advice and guidance, rooted in the author’s front-line role leading a school.

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    £16.00
  10. Lessons Learned: A life in education

    Lessons Learned: A life in education

    AVAILABLE FROM MAY 17 2018

    Drawing on 38 years of experience, Brian Lightman's perceptive and thoughtful book is a reflective account of his career, looking at the development of the education system both from his perspective as a teacher and school leader and, more recently, as one involved in national policy.

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    £16.00
  11. Great Expectations: Leading an Effective SEND Strategy in School

    Great Expectations: Leading an Effective SEND Strategy in School

    A selection of essays from leading educationalists and school leaders with a track record of improving outcomes for children and young people with additional needs, highlighting the significant role that school leaders play in shaping effective practice in SEND. Learn More
    £15.00
  12. Success is a Journey

    Success is a Journey

    Roy Blatchford is one of the UK's most respected educationists. 'Success is a Journey' is a beautifully written collection of his recent essays about the education landscape, reflecting Roy's very high regard for teaching and schools. Learn More
    £12.00
  13. An Educator's Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

    An Educator's Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

    A brilliant and practical collection of essays by educators, psychologists and counsellors, highlighting the critical importance of mental health and wellbeing of students in our schools. Learn More
    £15.00
  14. The Inner Curriculum: How to nourish Wellbeing, Resilience & Self-leadership

    The Inner Curriculum: How to nourish Wellbeing, Resilience & Self-leadership

    The authors have been mindful to create this guide as one that gives the reader both an understanding of the transformational theoretical ideas underpinning it and a range of practical exercises that will support its implementation. In the first theoretical part of this guide the authors give the reader an overview of Values-based Education (VbE): the Inner Curriculum (IC) and their relationship with each other. Part B explores how to implement the Inner Curriculum (IC). Learn More
    £14.00
  15. Mind Their Hearts: Creating Schools and Homes of Warm-Heartedness

    Mind Their Hearts: Creating Schools and Homes of Warm-Heartedness

    How can our education system be made fit for purpose in a rapidly changing world, where the norms are no longer capable of delivering the goods to the new generation? David Boddy argues that real change can take place when teachers and parents work together to create schools and homes of warm-heartedness.

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    £15.00
  16. Managing Teacher Workload: A Whole-School Approach to Finding the Balance

    Managing Teacher Workload: A Whole-School Approach to Finding the Balance

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    It is acknowledged that the quality of teaching is the critical factor in raising standards of learning. And yet teachers' workload has rocketed in recent years, leaving morale for many at rock-bottom.

    Recent DfE analysis shows that primary teachers work around 60 hours a week and school leaders even longer. This is not sustainable. Teachers need an end to excessive working hours.

    Edited by Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at leading teaching union ATL, Managing Teacher Workload brings together leading educationalists to discuss real, practical ways to solve the biggest problem in the profession.

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    £12.00
  17. High Challenge, Low Threat: Finding the balance

    High Challenge, Low Threat: Finding the balance

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    High Challenge, Low Threat is Mary Myatt’s smart and thoughtful exploration of all the things that wise leaders do.

    Informed through thousands of conversations over a 20-year career in education, Mary shows the lessons that school management teams can learn from leaders in a wide range of other sectors and points to the conditions which these leaders create to allow colleagues to engage with difficult issues enthusiastically and wholeheartedly.

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    £15.00