So Martyn Reah began the #teacher5aday hashtag on Twitter in order to tackle the urgent need for staff working within education to focus more on their wellbeing. This week, I tried to hit one thing for each of the 5 during the week:


is the one I like the most and was certainly the easiest to do. On Monday evening, I arrived home before the park had closed and the sun was shining. The new sensory garden was open and there was a great deal to #notice:

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is the most difficult for me to get my head around in a world where it can feel as though we’re giving ALL of the time. I hope this counts but I gave particular thanks to a colleague via our Pass It On Friday wall: a space to share and celebrate the successes of the week. In a particularly difficult week for us all, this celebration was even more vital. You can view the wall here. I also gave thanks via my #TwitteratiChallenge post here.


seems as though it’s the easiest as we’re always learning but I’m finding it the most difficult to add to this week. I did finish a book I’d been reading though- How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. During term time, that is no mean feat for me and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve learnt that it’s possible. I’ve learnt that using a Kindle isn’t that bad and I’ve also learnt that I want to read more Caitlin Moran (even though the ending was abrupt and slightly disappointing).


would have usually been easy to achieve, with my new swimming hobby but this week was a bad week for doing that. I’ve really got out of the routine again at this busy time of year. Instead, Wednesday provided a lot of sun so we had a walking meeting in the afternoon. It was beautiful,productive, more creative and was the breath of fresh air and relaxation needed before going back into work for a long and difficult meeting that followed.


was achieved by going to the cinema with friends on Friday evening. It was spoilt slightly by the screaming and shouting of some young teenage girls behind us- for the WHOLE movie- but we had a fun evening anyway.

I’m really pleased that I’ve managed one thing for each of these hashtags this week (Mon-Fri only, because it’s easy to do at the weekend). I’m thinking that I might reflect on this more regularly- even if it’s just to make sure my week isn’t all just about the work.

I don’t know where great food goes because there’s also been a lot of that this week- perhaps we need a #treat hashtag too?!

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At work, Stephanie Moakes has developed a Take 5 site to encourage staff to engage more with their wellbeing and you’ll be able to access an external version of the site very soon!

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