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News How to maintain work-life balance in teaching – live chat
Join our expert panel to discuss workloads and work-life balance, Wednesday, 8 May, from 8pm to 9.30pm
Stick the words 'teachers' and 'work-life balance' into a Google search and you get nearly 37 million results; compare this with the results you get for putting the current nemesis of teachers' work-life balance 'Michael Gove' in (he gets just 17.5 million results) and you get a sense of what really matters to teachers.
Creating a good work-life balance is the holy grail for many teachers; we know it may not be impossible to achieve, we've even spoken to some teachers who have managed it, but in the current results-driven culture teachers are coming under increasing pressure to work harder and longer.
The issue is made trickier by the fact that most teachers are generous with their time, find it hard to say no and put their needs, and probably those of their family, friends and loved ones, firmly at the bottom of the 'to do' list.
Writing about work-life balance last year PGCE tutor Sean Reid said: "Teaching is not the profession for a perfectionist. There is always something more you can do. Don't get me wrong – I am not undermining thorough, dedicated, inventive and innovative planning. I'm not in favour of teachers who cut corners. But I also hate seeing people who come into the profession and start destroying their health and their personal life. It's all about balance."
So how do you find that balance? How do you achieve the holy grail? Do you have any great tips or ideas to share? Join our panel of experts on Wednesday 8 May when we'll be holding a live online chat to share ideas, advice and opinions. It'll be on from 8pm to 9.30pm and yes, the irony of holding it that late on a school night is not lost on us, but we thought it was probably the time of day when many of you would still be online ploughing through school work or searching for new ideas.
Jill Berry, former headteacher and education consultant: @jillberry102
Jill is the former headteacher of Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford and now splits her time working for the National College for Teaching and Leadership, doing educational consultancy work and a part-time doctorate in education. She is particularly keen on supporting aspiring and new heads.
Jeremy Dean, primary teacher and author: @JeremyJoseDean
Primary school teacher Jeremy Dean moved to Spain from the UK six years ago to teach in an immersion school, teaching Spanish primary children in English. Jeremy says after experiencing teaching in both England and Spain he has an interesting insight into work-life balance. He recently wrote for the GTN about his best lesson. Jeremy is the author of Zen Kyu Maestro: An English Teacher's Spanish Adventure.
Alex Quigley describes himself as being an English teacher on the hunt for great teaching and learning strategies. He writes for the GTN and has his own blog site, huntingenglish.
Jason Tait, dean of student life, TASIS, the American School in England
Jason has spent the last four years researching and learning about wellbeing. He believes in the PERMA model of wellbeing and stress management.
Mike has written many articles for the GTN, including this one about how teachers who leave school at 3pm should not be considered lazy.
After being in an Indie band Matt Dix became a primary school teacher and now uses music and composes songs with two other colleagues to inspire his pupils.