Building networks adds another dimension to social connections. Participating in professional networks can provide a restorative break from the usual routine and enable us to share best practice and be immersed in a supportive community of educators. Such networks can provide a stimulus for change and also be a testbed for new ideas, and a source of feedback and support.
Although engagement with peers has received a temporary overhaul due to most activity going online, organisations have adapted wonderfully and provide lots of channels for communications in their online events and conferences in the form of the Q&A, Chat functions, and breakout sessions, plus via social media.
As well as large-scale events, there is also the option to seek out like-minded contacts through similar or partner organizations, or through your local authority – this can be a wonderful and reciprocal opportunity for a mutual exchange of ideas.
Below are some networks, groups and individuals to follow and engage with. Some of them are closed groups which you will have to apply to join while others are open.
Sites to visit
- Teacher Tap – learn something new about teaching
- Twinkl – dedicated online support for teachers
- Shout – text support for key professionals
Live and relevant peer-to-peer discussions and debates are taking place on Twitter more than ever before.
Making a note of all the relevant hashtags and professionals with an active online presence is a great way of being engaged and updated with all the latest news and developments in the world of teaching and education, and a great way of staying connected.
Who to follow
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families- @AFNCCF
- Kate Moxley Wellness for All- @Katemoxleyeyc
- Twinkl Cares- @TwinklCares
- Education Support - @EdSupportUK
- Early Years Educator- @EYEearlyEd
- Foundation Years- @FoundationYeary
- Early Years Alliance- @EYAlliance
- Ruth Swailes, School Improvement Advisor - @SwailesRuth
- Reading Rocks - @_Reading_Rocks_
- Books for Topics: booklists based on topic and age - @booksfortopics
Facebook hosts groups to match a multitude of specialist education interests.
Search on topics such as:
- Literacy leaders
- Reading for pleasure
- School librarians
- Your year group or subject specialism.
Or, for more general support, try searching on topics such as teacher wellbeing.
Many are closed groups, to prevent an influx of sales or spam, but once admitted you’ll supportive, non-judgmental groups where the sharing of ideas, questions and answers often discloses teachers’ passion for the profession as well as the humour and versatility needed to thrive within it.
- Early Years Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub
- Early Years Educator Support Group
- New EYFS Early Years Settings
- Early Years Staffroom Reception Teachers, Nursery & Childminders
- School Well’s Teacher Wellbeing group
- Twinkl Teaching Wellbeing group
- Teachers Beat Burnout group
- The Teach Well Alliance
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Early Years Staffroom
- Early Years Alliance
- Early Years Matters
- Foundation Stage Forum
- AWE Global Teacher Wellbeing
- Education Wellbeing Collective
- Laura Earnshaw- myhappymind
- Alistair-Bryce-Clegg- abcdoes
- Forest Schools- Forestschooleducation
- Earth Cubs- earthcubs
- tiney childminders- tineyco