Responding to the Culture Shock of State Education by @PrestonScience

Name: Ben Preston
Twitter name: @PrestonScience
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Science
Position: Assistant Head of Science
What is your advice about? Responding to the culture shock of state education

1: Accept that things will be far from perfect in every school. And that includes yours – and your classroom!

2: Listen to experienced staff, even if at first you don’t like the sound of what you hear.

3: Look for better ways of doing things, and write it down for later. Try doing one new thing at a time, not aiming to change everything.

4: Shamelessly use other people’s ideas. Give them credit where it is due – many don’t realise how well they do things every day.

5: You and others WILL change and improve education: accept that it is a long game, and you may not see changes immediately. Be patient, keep at it.

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Teacher Politics by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Twitter: None given
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: MFL
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Teacher politics

  1. Keep a professional relationship with departmental colleagues.
  2. Don’t get drawn into gossiping, it will come back to haunt you and it’s just not nice!
  3. Stay positive. Try to see why decisions are made and why advice is given. It may be hard to hear at first but it will be for the best.
  4. Ensure everything you do is beneficial for the students.
  5. Enjoy the variety each day brings! Not all jobs have that!