Andy Byers

Andy Byers

I spent 3 years as a chartered accountant (what was I thinking?) before becoming a teacher of Economics in Blyth, Northumberland and then a Head of Department and Assistant Head. I was Deputy Head, then Head of School at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Northumberland, for 14 years before becoming Headteacher of Framwellgate School Durham in 2017. I tweet as @framheadteacher and this year decided to post a blog a week on www.framheadteacher.com covering everything from complaining parents to the curriculum, workload, funding, and knives.

It is curious that with all the talk about teacher workload and the recruitment & retention crisis, taking place at the same time is a new phenomenon; the grassroots CPD movement. In towns and cities across the country, teachers are giving up their Saturdays to attend Teachmeets, ResearchEd, and BrewEd events. This is heartening because it confirms that it isn’t hard work that teachers are complaining about, but unnecessary work.

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