I’m a stubborn optimist and a passionate realist. With over two decades of teaching and leadership experience, I speak, I write, I train and I support teachers and young people to thrive and survive in UK schools. I am author of How to Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018) and regular writer for TES, Education Support and TeachSecondary, amongst others. My Doctorate in Education (achieved in 2016 at Middlesex University) is about how we effectively balance teaching and parenting.
My specialist area is early career teachers, and I’m proud to have worked with NowTeach and UK opportunity areas to help new teachers stay happily in teaching and recently presented at the Festival of Education on my research findings in this area.
I offer training and support to schools and teacher training organisations as well as bespoke training for individuals and groups in the UK and beyond.
I speak at conferences on a regular basis, including ResearchEd, WomenEd and Belmas.
I work closely with a number of groups, including Education Support, the NFER, the TES and the BBC to offer research insights and practical support to teachers and young people.
I am passionate about pupil voice and am currently working with young people on my latest book: ‘In our Own Words: Surviving Secondary School’. I have recently achieved a lifelong dream of speaking on Woman’s Hour on this subject.
Drawing on years of research and first-hand experience, How to Survive in Teaching offers support, advice and practical suggestions to help you and your colleagues stay flourishing, positive and most importantly, stay teaching!Available on Amazon
“Emma's passion for teaching and teacher wellbeing shines out from every page in this gem of a book. The combination of informed analysis and practical advice, rooted in research and experience, make it invaluable.” – Sam Collins, Teacher and Founder of Schoolwell, @samschoolstuff
“Sprung from Emma's love affair with teaching, How to Survive in Teaching is a compassionate plea for teachers to take care of themselves. Emma rightly reminds teachers that even if the profession is a vocation, teaching is also a job and must be treated as such.” – Loic Menzies, Director of Education and Youth 'Think and Action-Tank', @LKMco
“Emma had me hooked from the Acknowledgements page. This is a warm, forthright, humane and eminently practical book – for every challenge, there is a 'response' suggesting a way forward. Invaluable advice is offered to new, and not so new, teachers about how to thrive in this mad, wonderful profession. While recognising the pressures and demands of teaching, Emma also celebrates joy.” – Jill Berry, Former Head, now Leadership Consultant, @jillberry102
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