As statistical figures of teachers leaving the profession reaches an alarming level, and teachers' mental health becomes a fundamental concern, wellbeing has been pushed to the top of the national agenda in a bid for schools to consider how to look after their staff.
However, wellbeing has become a tokenistic feature within the education sector, as staff participate in compulsory wellbeing-linked activities that have very little impact on their workload or their ability to do what they came into the profession to do: teach young people. With this book, Kat aims to completely flip the narrative on wellbeing.
In a critical consideration of research both in and outside of education, Kat explores the key factors of a teacher's role within school, outlining a series of tools that teachers can use to take ownership of their workload, and achieve wellbeing through purposeful job fulfilment. Interviewing experts in the educational sector, Kat provides practical strategies for teachers in a bid to drive instrumental change to workload within schools at a grassroots level, but additionally, a range of case studies for teachers to use to challenge the norm so that we can create a profession built to last.
About the author
After an extended period in Senior Leadership within the financial sector, followed by a role working for one of the UK's largest public unions, Kat now teaches English in a secondary school in South Leicestershire. In addition, she founded Litdrive, a non-profit organisation that supports English teachers with resource hosting, a peer coaching programme and regional events in a bid to reduce workload and keep fantastic teachers from leaving the profession. She is also East Midlands Representative for MTPTProject, a charity that supports parent teachers with ongoing CPD.
She regularly speaks and write about literature, workload, managing teaching alongside the demands of parenting and blog at www.saysmiss.wordpress.com. When she' not doing any of these things, she listens to my eldest son tell her facts about the world, or stop her middle son from putting her youngest son in a headlock. She would say she's 98% effective.