Better days are coming; we promise!

Jane Wood-Chambers

Friday, 13 July 2018

At this time of the school year all staff working in schools are on their knees!

It isn’t the classroom practice that suffers or the quality of the reports or how you balance the egg on the spoon at sports day... the thing that often suffers is the practitioners, support and admin staff.

  • Trying to fit too much into your day and week has a knock on effect and tiredness and feeling overwhelmed can be felt by us all at some point in the last few weeks of term.

  • Washing up stays in the sink for a tad longer, clothes you’ve not worn for a while are chosen whilst the dirty laundry basket overflows and letters, emails, calls and messages remain unanswered.

  • Marks and Spencer’s, Waitrose, Grilled and Fried and other convenience food ‘go to places’ are more often frequented. 

You get the picture!




All that being said, try to embrace this busy season; enjoy the rush and the excitement secure in the knowledge that you are making a difference to the young people’s lives.

Your pupils will remember you in your sports gear, their parents will remember your kind, supportive and challenging words in the reports and at parents evening and your colleagues will remember and get to rely on your optimism.


Keep one part of you sacred though. Do not let the thing that keeps you sane slip away.


Go to your yoga class, have a long chat with your ‘go to’ person, walk your dog the ‘long way round’ rather than just quickly around the block and have a marathon session with your box set until 11.00pm on a school night!

The key is knowing you’re important to yourself first and to your pupils and school second. You must establish a balance. But mostly remember to enjoy, embrace and live in the moment.

You’re doing the best job in the world and just around the corner are approximately 42 days of a different routine and hopefully numerous lie in’s and lazy days...hello summer!



About our Community Expert


Jane Chambers-Wood
Editorial Advisory Board Lead

Over 27 years of educational experiences in a number of settings. Developed a clear vision and ethos for inclusion which puts the child at the centre and a clear understanding of how to support, engage and nurture the individual.

Ability to train all staff through effective and reflective continual professional development in behavioural management techniques that begin, establish and maintain change in all.

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