Teachers need to step off the hamster wheel of constant change

We put so much effort into making changes at the start of the academic year, but should we be focusing on doing the opposite?

Step off the hamster wheel of change

It’s the start of the new academic year and I am working with a group of teachers. They are expecting me to lead a session introducing the key priorities for the development plan for our group of schools, outlining the new initiatives we will be starting and the changes we should be making.

Instead, I ask them to look through their school development plans from the year before and consider the impact of every new change they introduced. They are encouraged to think about how they managed the change, how it was received in their schools and, crucially, how it impacted on the lives and outcomes ...

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