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21 April 2023

Welcome back! Hope you’ve had a great first week of term and you’re feeling excited to help our children! 


Self Motivation

Happiness is liquid

Happiness is liquid, in the same way, that monetary instruments such as stocks are liquid. Humans are built with emotional systems that include the capacity for happiness. It is a type of emotional currency that can be spent, like money, on the outcomes in life we truly value, such as our health, our relationships, and success at work.

One way to appreciate the existing wealth we all possess is to notice and magnify moments when we either receive from or give kindness to others.

Reflect on the following questions:

  • Who acknowledged you today?
  • How did it feel when you were acknowledged? Try visualising that moment.
  • What else would you like to be acknowledged for?
  • Who had a hand in the day’s greatest successes?
  • Who rose to the occasion?
  • Who took initiative?
  • Who offered support?
  • How were these people acknowledged?
  • How does it make you feel when you think of these things?
  • What does it make you feel like doing?
For more self-motivation and reflecting advice click Read More

Eurovision Scheme of Work

I love Eurovision! My first contest was 1981 when I watched Bucks Fizz win with, “Making your mind up”. There was something magical about the different countries, flags, languages all coming together and everyone voting on their favourite song. What a fantastic event! Perhaps this was the birth of No Outsiders in me.

There are 8 lesson pans here written for KS2 and KS3 pupils touching on different aspects of the contest. There are only four school days in Eurovision week because of the Coronation, so I wouldn’t expect schools to fit in all of these plans; they can pick and choose plans they feel best fit the needs of their pupils. Click on the link for an overview of each lesson with National Curriculum links.




One size does not fit all when it comes to motivation, so we will often find that we have to try new techniques, new mindsets, and new approaches in our search for that perfect ensemble.

All the same, it’s good to have a few tricks up our sleeve, whether trying to motivate ourselves or someone on our team, classroom, or at home.

Conflict Management

Conflict management in primary schools can be a challenging and complex process. As such, it is important for all school staff to have a clear understanding of how to approach and handle any disputes that may arise.

Along with links for additional resources.


Dispute Resolution Course: 26th April 2023 13:30 - 16:30

This interactive and informative digital event will give you the opportunity, within a safe environment, to experience how mediation works and the positive outcomes an effective mediation process can achieve.  

This event is nearly full

Chat GPT in education

There has been a lot of discussion of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in recent years, with particular reference to the potential impact on teaching and learning. Recently however, the possible impact has become much more evident in the form of ChatGPT, with social media blowing up with discussions about how it could be positively used, balanced out by others proclaiming it as the downfall of education as we know it.

So, what is ChatGPT?

Building Positive Relationships

Building positive relationships with colleagues is key to creating a supportive and productive work environment, but it’s equally important to set boundaries to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here are some tips for supporting and nurturing work relationships while setting boundaries in a primary school setting.


Discounts for You at Discounts For Teachers

You can find enormous savings with local and independent businesses through Discounts for Teachers. 

Mental Health Awareness Days



13th to 20th May Mental Health Awareness Week
Sunday 21st May World Day for Cultural Diversity

June – All June Pride Month
Thursday 1st June International Children’s Day
12th to 18th June Men’s Health Week
26th – 30th June World Wellbeing Week

Tuesday 25th July National Schizophrenia
Awareness Day
Saturday 30th July World Friendship Day

August Nothing!

September Sunday 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day


Technology Support

As part of our drive to use technology more effectively within the Trust, we will be sharing some top tips videos. They are really useful tools that are for everyone and not just for in the classroom.
This week is all about designing your powerpoints for more powerful designs. 
If you want more help or support, please speak to your school digital champion. 


See whats happening on the National College website. This week is Managing Conflict


Plus take a look at the CPD resources on our own website. We are adding to it all the time! Check it out here

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Staff Hub

In the Staff Hub you can find regular articles created with you in mind! Along with useful information and links to your most used sites.