Attacking the paperwork mountain by @JanBaker97

Name: Jan Baker
Twitter name: @JanBaker97
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): MFL
Position: Curriculum Leader
What is your advice about? Attacking the paperwork mountain

  1. You are still likely drown in paperwork once you start teaching even though we have email so you need a system of making it manageable.
  2. Don’t be afraid to use “file 13” – i.e. the bin. You don’t need to keep every piece of paper you are given.
  3. Ask yourself this question, “If I lost this bit of paper would it make me cry?” If the answer is yes, file it away safely immediately!
  4. Have an email system which makes retrieval easy. Use inbox sub-folders to sort emails by category e.g. NQT evidence, SEND pupils etc.
  5. Don’t forget to regularly de-clutter your email inbox. It’s worth it in the end! Save emails as word docs if you need to keep anything permanently.

Balancing work by @nickotkdV

Name: Nick Overton
Twitter name: @nickotkdV
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable): Primary
Position: Class teacher
What is your advice about? Balancing work.

  1. Have a cut off point that you do not work past. For me this is 8pm in the evening, if I have not computed the work by then I leave it for the next day.
  2. Make sure you have other non-school related activities planned. At the weekend, within the holiday, etc. make sure you have things booked that are not school related.
  3. Listen to your body and mind. If you are feeling unwell it is your body telling you you need to stop. Listen to it and stop. Unwell teachers are no use to students.
  4. Make sure you talk to colleagues. There are lots of resources out there that have already been made. Ask what the school has and you might find the resources you want. Talk.
  5. Sleep. Finally a stressed and tired teacher is not able to do their job effectively it efficently. Remember this is your bodies way of resting and recuperating. Listen to it.

Workload by @Bigkid4

Twitter name: @Bigkid4
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Mathematics
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Workload

  1. Set yourself a sensible maximum number of hours you are willing to work. (mine is 50 hours per week)
  2. Take note of how many hours you are working and on what. Pay particular attention to how you are spending time outside of lessons and outside of school.
  3. Find out what the leadership want you to prioritise and as far as is possible fit that within your allotted time.
  4. If something cannot fit within the allotted time and is not a priority it probably isn’t worth doing.
  5. Report writing, mock exams and controlled assessments spring to mind as possible exceptions where the time limit could be exceeded. Allow a few exceptions but not many.

Managing Workload by @amuseED

Name: Allison Fairey
Twitter name:@amuseED
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Visual Arts + RE
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Managing Workload

  1. Plan your time carefully so that you make allowances for all of your responsibilities. This includes time for rest, exercise and connecting with friends & family.
  2. Aim to begin your day early and finish later than student dismissal. Mornings are good for checking emails, afternoons for marking & preparation.
  3. You will need to make personal time available for work. Build this time into your weekends but don’t allow this to interfere with social events, rest or exercise.
  4. Use some of your holidays for work but be flexible & use times when the weather is unsuitable to go out or you have no plans. Never say ‘no’ to an invitation because of work.
  5. Set up a permanent workspace at home that is seperate from your living areas. Drift in & out of this space as determined by your mood & work demands.

Saving Time by @cillachincilla

Name: Gem Turner-Lindley
Twitter:  @cillachincilla
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE, Philosophy and Ethics
Position: HoD / Teaching and Learning Team
5 Bits of Advice About: Saving time

  1. If post does not have your name on it, it will be generic and not specifically for you. Bin it, don’t waste time reading it.
  2. Save everything. Have a hard drive with all of your resources and lesson ppts saved for tweaking in the future, instead of recreating them from scratch.
  3. Network. Other staff in your department/other schools will have great resources/ideas that will save you time as long as you can do the same for them.
  4. Be organised. Keep your desk clear and deal with all paperwork as it comes in – file, action or bin. Then you won’t waste time searching for things.
  5. Plan your marking. If you know what piece you are marking in detail you can focus on that, rather than marking books in a general way, which often takes more time.

Staying On Top Of Workload by @mrcjdean

Name: Chris
Twitter:  @mrcjdean
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Assistant Principal
5 Bits of Advice About: Staying on top of workload

  1. Keep a to-do list and update it regularly. Consider an app; I recommend todoist.
  2. Do not use your e-mail inbox as a to-do list. Important things will get lost.
  3. Turn e-mails into tasks on your to-do list then delete them. The aim is to have an empty inbox.
  4. Every evening, review your tasks for the next day and prioritise the three or four most important things. This is the art.
  5. Accept that many things on your to-do list will never get done. If you have done advice 4 well, you should be fine.

Organisation by @LesleyMunro4

Name: Lesley Munro
Twitter:  @LesleyMunro4
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Organisation

  1. Make a list of things you need to do.
  2. Prioritise that list.
  3. Realise you will never clear your to do list. Don’t worry. This is ok.
  4. Find a way to manage emails eg read twice a day. Delete, file, reply, flag.
  5. Routines are good to help keep things manageable For example marking eg 10B Monday, 11C Tuesday.