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Teacher Burn Out: Should I stay or should I go?

Whether you've been at a school a year or a decade, moving onto new pastures can be a tough decision to make. There is often guilt attached to leaving students and fellow teaching staff- but there shouldn't be! More than ever, teachers are leaving the profession they once loved. Before making the leap to a new life outside of teaching, you might want to think about moving on to another year group or even another school. It could reignite that passion and energy for this most rewarding of all vocations.  Just like clouds, every school is different! From one-form entry schools , to inner-city schools to mixed-group village schools, there are so many variables - not be mention different ethos' and leadership styles. Maybe you're ready for a change?  Should I Stay or Should I Go? When answering the below questions, consider what is most important to you and your well-being. Think about how sustainable your current work routine is long-term - you don't want to be burned

Wet Play | What to do?

Snow Day? Highly unlikely when it's a mix of sleet, rain, and general blurgh outside. It looks like wet play is on the cards and your class will need something to keep them entertained. You could just stick on a film and expect them to sit quietly and watch it. You could just leave it to the dinner ladies and hideaway in the staff room. HOWEVER, it would be far better if you had some wet play activities ready for your class so they knew what options they had and you could still hide in the staff room, knowing they won't be too restless for your next lesson.

Primary school class activities for wet play


How do I even describe JAM? It's the app that'll entertain and educate. Rather than gawking at the iPad watching YouTube videos, I'm sure most of your class would rather get involved in a project! They could learn to draw, create animations, get the lego out, and be super creative. Click the photo below to find out about the 100+ videos and projects JAM has to offer!

Get them moving!

They need to burn off some of that energy and if you have a hall or carpet space available for your class, here are some useful websites!

  • Super Movers - A BBC educational section full of fun free videos to get your class moving and learning. Some of these videos make great starters and plenaries for your lessons (from units of measurement to inverted commas). 
  • Jump Start Jonny - If you haven't heard of the phenomenon that is Jump Start Jonny, be prepared for a very good work out to some of your classes favourite tunes. Join in and get your cardio for the day! Children love the simple dance moves and Jonny's fun and silly personality. There are a few free videos available.
  • Go Noodle - This is a brilliant place to find filler activities as well as getting them active during wet play. It has lots of funny videos that get their mind and body working. Favourites from my class include Milkshake, Go Bananas, and Kid Bopz versions of Fight song and Sorry.  Get your own educator login for free!

Amazon Fire for Kids*

Get unlimited access to 1000s of child-appropriate books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games starting from £1.99 a month. It's full of great resources from new class reads to documentaries to watch during wet play! There is also a 1-month free trial so why not just give it a go!


You may be lucky enough to have some old board games and puzzles in your classroom (hopefully with most of the pieces intact). Card games like Uno and Top Trumps are easy to store away and cheap if bought from a charity shop, school fair, or donated by families. Send a letter out to parents asking for games they no longer use.
If you want them to practise their times tables, download the multiplication football game. All you need are dice and two counters for each game.

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