Inclusion and belonging. What community really means at Opogo.

Justyn Randall

Monday, 1 October 2018

In the early days of forming Opogo’s mission, a phrase that we regularly heard from the educators we met was “teaching can often be like being alone in a crowd”.

Like many others, this didn’t make sense to me at first, purely because of the volume of people that pass through a school’s gate, daily. But then a head teacher at a secondary school in London explained.

“Despite being surrounded by students continuously, many educators don’t have the chance to engage with, or even see other adults for a large percentage of their day because of the amount of work to be completed in between lessons. Especially with today’s educational demands.”

The teacher who is isolated from others is missing out on conversations that often bring colleagues physical, spiritual, and emotional comfort.

This disconnection can be even worse for cyber school teachers and junior staff members.

Without communities, we would be isolated with little contact outside of our immediate family. Meeting and getting to know new people are essential parts of cultivating and building out our own views and ideas of the world. Having this open bond with others is what builds valuable relationships and gives us a deeper sense of belonging.

With a diversity of skills, common goals can also be achieved that much faster because you can participate in empowering others to fulfil their full potential, whilst they do the same for you.

Last week was National Inclusion Week. The central premise of inclusion is giving everyone the opportunity to feel part of the whole.

Communities are also rich in resources. Your strengths may be someone else’s weaknesses and vice versa.

At Opogo, this is in our DNA, which is why we have created a community for educators; offering sustenance, sound-boarding and solace to all our members. We have made it a priority to ensure you can network with like-minded professionals, opensource ideas, access career development tools or even just chat, whenever you need to.

As an educator, if you have ever felt isolated in your job, have wanted to meet teachers in your area or have desired to expand your horizons, then Opogo is the place for you. We’re committed to improving the lives of everyone in education, so please feel free to drop me a message to find out more about what we do.



About the CEO


Justyn Randall

CEO  |  Founder

With extensive experience and strategic skill in building leading global marketing businesses across multiple sectors, Justyn is the CEO and founder of Opogo.

From his deep understanding of the industry and its challenges, Justyn launched Opogo with the prime motivation of transforming the experience of educators within the industry.

Opogo is a community platform designed to help schools attract and retain the talent that’s right for them. Our social hub is packed with rich content from our community experts. And through our ever-evolving Smart Match technology, teachers can be booked for work simply and quickly.

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