Four reasons why it’s a joy to be back at college

11th January 2019 at 00:00

If, like me, you love your job, but you’d rather sit on your arse for a few more days (weeks), here are a few reasons to return to work that I’ve dredged up from the depths to try and give us all a jump-start:

The most wonderful term of the year?

The first term is all about getting to know ’em and setting boundaries and routines. The third term is often exam-focused. But in this one there’s the chance to throw caution to the pedagogical wind and try stuff out.

Daily freshness

I’ve decided that I just can’t be frigged with new year’s resolutions any more. I’ll have broken them all within the first week anyway, so what’s the point? I can do daily ones, though. Sometimes. Let’s make that a thing. New day resolutions. You may call it lowering standards, but I shall call it renewing resolve.

A rollercoaster of a whirlwind of a year

The sea of Brexit confusion has sloshed over every news report since 2016 and it seems that still, even now, no one knows what’s happening or what the impact will be.

What this means for us is that getting comfortable with any recent or proposed policy changes that affect what we do might be a bit premature. Looking on the bright side, FE is renowned for its ability to shape-shift and fill whatever void that presents itself.

Here comes the sun

I know, I know, I’m scraping the barrel. But still… It’s dark when I set off to college and dark when I set off home. I have about an hour’s drive through Sherwood Forest to get to work, which in daylight is like a magical Disney wonderland and in darkness is like a horror film. I prefer the daylight.

Sarah Simons works in colleges in the East Midlands and is the director of UKFEchat

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