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Reset. Recover. Rebuild.

by Hannah Dalton, @Doddsyinit, and Kiran Mahil, Senior Leaders of schools in London.

With the phased return of pupils already underway in many primary schools, and with secondaries bringing Year 10 and 12 students back shortly, it seems timely to consider what the ‘new normal’ will be in schools. As you are only too aware, there are many matters to consider when planning and preparing the return to school for students and the wider school community.

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How are you? How are you really?

by Keziah Featherstone @keziah70

One of the fundamental responsibilities of any leader is to look after their staff team. Even in relatively normal circumstances that’s difficult; recently it has been a momentous challenge.

I’m the Head of a large secondary school in the Midlands. I have 130 staff – and because we are under a BSF contract I don’t employ the cleaners, caterers or site team. Like most schools the vast majority of the team are female; in addition a significant number are part of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The staff team span all ages, some have underlying health conditions and many are parents or carers.

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Job, Life and living.

by Julie Hunter @MsHMFL  @PledgeForChange20

There have been lots of press articles recently about lack of teachers and there being a recruitment problem. I have experienced the lack of retention of superbly talented teachers who are leaving due to work place demands. A colleague went on jury service and came back, resigning immediately. The reason being they had seen friends, family and had quality time to think about life.

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The dreaded letter

by Anonymous

The dreaded letter…. Turning twenty five was a big deal for me. I mean, I was turning a quarter of a century old. But along with gifts from family and friends, turning twenty five brings another little present for women up and down the country. The dreaded letter.

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Hormonal or forgetful?

By Amy Jeetley @amyjeetley

I’ve always prided myself on my sharpness of mind, clarity and understanding. I could pick up things quickly, work things out at a fast pace and recall many things. Over the last couple of years I’ve seen a decline in all this. I was thinking something is wrong. I started losing my confidence, and felt I was incapable of doing things I could a few years back.

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Menopause. Pause. #WorldMenopauseDay2019

by  @lenabellina For #WorldMenopauseDay2019

Quite a long time ago, I was pretty unwell. Then I got my act together and for a long time I was a lot better.

Suddenly about 7 years ago, I felt as if I was going backwards. I went to the GP with inexplicable mood swings and irrational rage. She mentioned “peri menopause”, changed my coil and gave me some HRT gel.

I didn’t really take the peri-menopause thing seriously.

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Perimenopause #WorldMenopauseDay2019

by Debra Kidd  @debrakidd

I don’t like going to the doctors. I have to feel really, really shitty to go and so it was unusual to find myself sitting in front of one some three years or so ago. I was so embarrassed I’d learnt the list I would say off by heart: 

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“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”

by Alison Kriel @AlisonKriel  #WorldMenopauseDay2019

The menopause is a rite of passage that happens to every women yet it is a taboo subject! My grandmother definitely did not speak about it and my mum’s generation spoke with their eyes and mouthed ‘the change’. Slowly, it’s becoming easier to talk about our menopause amongst groups of women ‘of a certain age’ but it remains a stubbornly taboo subject in wider circles. 

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The Chemo Induced Menopause #WorldMenopauseDay2019

by Jo Lawrence @JoCLawrence

On #WorldMenopauseDay let’s talk about chemo induced menopause. Yep, that’s right, the trial run you get when going through chemotherapy.

As if my diagnosis wasn’t enough, being a 37 year old woman and a way off menopause and without children, I took the option to try to protect my ovaries through a treatment called Zoladex that suppressed my ovaries.

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(My) Menopausal Madness. #WorldMenopauseDay2019

by Bretta Townend-Jowitt @Headspiration

Madness part 1 – the need to clarify my reason for blogging. Earlier in my career I suffered from a lack of knowledge and understanding my employers had around fertility treatment, 14 years later I expected significant improvement, however, now at menopause age I’m discovering the same lack of knowledge and understanding of this topic too.

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Menoss #WorldMenopauseDay2019

by  Jules Daulby  @JulesDaulby 


Her tears, her fears. Fuck! Her anxiety.

Nervous, jittery, lost her glitter edge.

Discombobulated identity.

Mind drawn backwards and forwards through a hedge.

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