The thin red line (or, as William Russell originally reported, the “Thin red streak tipped with a line of steel”) which held off a charge of Russian cavalry at the Battle of Balaclava has become a metaphor for stretched forces holding firm against defeat. Thin red lines might stave off teachers’ defeat over workload and wellbeing.
Many teachers feel unhappy, overworked and inclined to quit. 404,600 trained teachers under 60 are no longer teaching (almost as many as are (451,000)). In an NUT survey “90% of respondents had considered leaving teaching in the last two years, 96.5% said workload has negative consequences for family or personal life.” Students and schools need teachers who stay in their job and keep improving: how can this be achieved?
One answer is promoting teacher wellbeing. This summer I was asked by someone establishing a new school how I thought leaders might do this. I don’t know: in setting up our school, we…
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