Tim, West Midlands
A: Try having regular special events that all pupils, staff and the school community can be involved in. They should be fun and easy to organise, such as sporting events, talent shows, art and craft or photography competitions, special trips or weekly raffles for good work or behaviour. Why not have a "secret friend" who can give a surprise present or thank you letter? Display photos and certificates in a public area with a regular newsletter to the community.
A: Managers who value me, pupils who love me, colleagues who admire me, parents who respect me, a Government that will reward me - and a partner who will put up with me. After all, it's not much to ask, is it?
A: If you can't return to school in September already motivated by the challenges ahead, and refreshed after six weeks' holiday, you really shouldn't be in the profession
Mal, Ebbw Vale
Q: How do you phrase that a pupil is stubborn in a report?
Q: I want to arrange the tables in my classroom so pupils can sit in groups and discuss their work, but my head of department is wedded to rows on behaviour grounds. Should I push my point or toe the line?
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