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Hello and a big welcome to The Newby Tribe!  I’m so pleased to have you here, and hope that you find lots of inspiration, advice and articles to help save your sanity, rediscover your work life balance and help you conquer both your work and home life!

I started The Newby Tribe back in 2016 when I was on adoption leave with my two children, Little Miss and Little Sir.  I started teaching back in 2006 and over the years ended up, literally with no idea as to how, as the Head of a Junior academy.  I LOVED my job and I loved teaching, but realised that I needed to be a Mum to my two little ones rather than a teacher.


But…I’m still so passionate about teaching and helping teachers to find support and a good balance to their work.  When I was teaching I could never find somewhere outside of school to find out the information I needed to help me.  I spent so many weekends in sheer panic about issues with the children, with my TA, with SLT or with parents, and I had no one to talk to about it.


So The Newby Tribe was born.


From my perspective as both a teacher and a Headteacher, I aim to bring you:


Ideas and suggestions of lessons and activities you can do no matter what year group you teach to help planning go smoother.


Tips and tricks on how to get through each term and advice on ideas to do when things get just too much!


Insight into how SLT are thinking and WHY they are coming up with the ideas they are!


Help for those in their NQT year who have hundreds of questions but no idea who and where to ask them.


Bucket loads of empathy, sympathy and understanding over the madness of teaching, the sheer ridiculousness of what teachers are being asked to do, and ideas on how to make these things easier!


If you are new to our Tribe, check out some of the posts below as a starting point!


If you are an NQT, check out – this will give you some great ideas on how to cope with the first few days!


An experienced teacher but needing to plan what to do in the holidays? Check out for some tips and tricks on organising those display boards!