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We have a number of active bloggers in The MTPT Project community.  Some are on maternity leave and blog about their CPD adventures with their babies, others are back at work and blog about family friendly working conditions.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, or in search of best practice to share with your own networks, explore the links below.

Parental Leave CPD

Inspirational and practical tips from MTPT Project team members blogging about their CPD adventures whilst on parental leave.  A great place to start if you don’t know where to start with your CPD journey, or what sorts of things can ‘count’ as CPD.

Motherhood and Headship

Inspired by Sheryl Sandburg’s ‘Lean In’ and Teach First’s exploration into barriers confronted by potential head teachers, we hope these interviews will inspire aspiring female leaders that motherhood and headship are compatible life choices.  Hear from head teachers who have all had babies whilst in headship positions, or secured posts whilst pregnant or on maternity leave and learn their top tips for balancing their personal and professional passions.

Family Friendly Schools

Personal experiences from teachers, school leaders and CPD providers who are implementing concrete actions to create family-friendly school cultures.  Flexible working, succession planning for maternity leave absences, IVF policies and conference creches – these blogs share the best practice from UK schools.

Community Bloggers

 Blogging is a great way to reflect on your CPD journey and articulate lessons learned and plans for the future.  These blogs touch on subject-specific ideas, more generalised teaching themes, and sometimes dip into “working parent” and “identity” territory. At times they’re elated, at times their honesty is tough in its familiarity, but we know that there’s o much variety in the teaching profession and so many different experiences of parental leave CPD, that we love to be able to showcase them by sharing individuals’ blogging platforms.  

Catherine Lea, Primary Teacher

Kat Howard, English Teacher

Claire Nicholls, SEND and Inclusion

Charlotte Bell, English Teacher 

Emma Sheppard, English Teacher

Lucy Flower, Music Teacher