Blog

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The Reality of Life as a Woman with ADHD

A guest blog by Krystina Cheshire. I have such a fear of letting people down. Sometimes I feel like I'm seen as a problem by other people…

Kerry and Cruz as superheroes in a fiery landscape

Having It All

A guest blog by Kerry Rice. Mums can't have it all, yet we continue to try.... to work like we don't have children and parent like we don't…

Magnifying glass on a desk in front of two open books.

A Tale of Two Ofsteds

An anonymous guest blog. In the last 12 months I have had the pleasure (not always) of working in two comparable schools within the same…

Portrait of Sarah Hussey

The Joy of Headship

A guest blog by Sarah Hussey. Teaching is tough, headship is hard – those of us who work in education know these things to be true! As a…

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Golden Seams

A guest blog by Aini Butt. We live in a world where achievement is applauded not the progress itself; beauty standards are set by the…

Olivia Taylor stood outside black and gold gates of public building

Don’t Call Me ‘Disadvantaged’

A letter from the little girl who grew up. A speech by Olivia Taylor.

Three Flamenco dancers. Two in red dresses and one in yellow.

Matter over Mind: Trusting Your Body

A guest blog by an anonymous Early Career Teacher. Most of my education and my upbringing focused on the mind. School, sixth-form,…

Finding My Work-Life Balance as a New Teacher

A guest blog by an anonymous Early Career Teacher (ECT) I’m coming to the end of my first year of teaching – it’s had its ups and downs,…

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Missing My Stop

A guest blog by Abigail Gray. In my second year of Deputy Headship, on the first day of the Easter Holidays, I found a lump in my…

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Leadership Unmasked

A guest blog by Aurora Reid. It’s time I wrote about my own mental health…. Actually, I started this blog in December so it’s really time I…

Rumi quote - These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.

Learning to Unlearn

This blog is reproduced here with permission. Written by Aini Butt on her blog Aini's Reflections on 9th June 2022. “Why do you do this to…

Baby picture of one of Emma's children

On feelings of failure – and redefining success

This photo was taken fourteen-and-a-half years ago. It's of our eldest daughter. The transition to parenthood had been as tough as it was…

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Teaching with my eyes shut

A guest blog by Sarah Ruse – Eyes Shut Teacher @eyesshutteacher. I’ve been teaching in Scotland for over 12 years now having changed career…

Dad holding toddler up in the air.

Fatherhood and the Struggles of Teaching

This blog is reproduced here with permission. Written by Michael Nott @MrNott117 on his blog stealingbiscuitsiswrong? on 26th April 2022.…

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The Greed Behind Starvation

A guest blog by Mae, aged 16. The female body; a beautiful, life-creating hub of a soul, made to seem disgusting by male-run corporations…

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A stupid walk for my stupid mental health

A guest blog written by Emily Ashton @Emilyjashton. It’s a lovely misty morning, warm enough for a light jacket and I am going for a short…

Inna, English teacher in Ukraine

What’s life for children in Ukraine in May 2022?

Insights from Inna, an English teacher in Ukraine. Please get in touch if you have messages, pictures or thoughts to share with Inna’s…

Woman opening a door

‘Leave your lives at the door’. WHAT TOSH. A rant.

I have been lucky enough to connect with a vast number of UK teachers in the last few years. Of these, a significant minority have been…

Emma holding her book

Serendipity, audacity… and bloody hard work. Becoming a published author.

Every time I think I’ve responded to all the messages about the book launch, I blink and there are 15 more. I’m realising that, like the…

Woman Leaping

Vertigo, Valiance and Vin: a leap into the unknown

It’s a while since I’ve blogged about myself. I’m so used to having a goal, an audience and an aim, but the wonderful Georgia Holleran…

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Teach

Teaching: the job which creates all other jobs and arguably the best job in the world.

I’m a teacher and school leader of almost two and a half decades, and am proud to currently teach English part-time at Aspire Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, working to build positive futures for some of the most vulnerable young people and their families.

Through the years, I’ve held middle leadership roles in English and MFL and have led in SLT on Teaching and Learning and staff development. I currently lead on staff development and train new teachers. The development of others is where I have always found my passion.

Ultimately, I have arrived at the simple belief that if children and adults feel safe, appreciated, respected and happy, they will thrive. It is our duty to do everything within our professional power to make this happen.

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Examples of My Work

Teaching

BBC Confessions of a Teacher

We’re Only Human
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BBC Confessions of a Teacher

Exams
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BBC Confessions of a Teacher

Parents
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Bloomsbury

Top 5 Tips for Teachers
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BBC Teach

Meeting the Needs of All Our Learners
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Teachwire

10 Things NQTs Should Remember about Behaviour Management
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Teachwire

8 Tips that Will Help you Survive in Teaching – #JustLetMeTeach
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Leadership

Teachwire

8 Ways to Become a Better Middle Leader in School
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The Guardian

Joining a New Senior Leadership Team: the Dos and Don'ts
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Teachwire

Lessons in School Leadership – Picking your Battles and Closing the Circle on Unfinished Jobs
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Pieces that Quote Me

BBC News

Secondary Teachers 'Want More Flexible Working Patterns'
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The Guardian

‘Every Lesson Is a Battle’: Why Teachers Are Lining up to Leave
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About

'Emma cares'

I’m passionate about the link between wellbeing, integrity and success. I’m insatiably curious about people, their unique contributions and their exciting potential.

I believe that the key to feeling fulfilled and successful as humans and professionals is to follow our moral compass, know our worth, be aware of what we model to those around us, and ultimately to take a deep breath and be brave, knowing we are valued and loved.

I take a pragmatic and optimistic approach to each of my roles, and I am constantly working to develop my expertise.

I tweet with persistent positivity and realism about wellbeing, education, parenting and cats. Follow me on Twitter – @thosethatcan.

Through the portfolio career I have forged, these are some of the ways in which I channel my energy and expertise:

Teach

I teach part-time. I work with some of the most vulnerable young people in our area at Aspire Alternative Provision.

Coach

I coach people in education and beyond; I’m proud to have qualified as a Performance Coach.

Facilitate

I’m a writer, speaker and facilitator. I share research-based, practical strategies on wellbeing, self-care and balancing work and parenting in education settings and beyond.

Govern

I’m a school governor at a local secondary school; the role of the critical friend is crucial to supporting the school community.

Podcast

I’m the co-host of the Clem and Em podcast, in which we interview influential figures on what school taught them, and what lessons they have.

Coach

I train and support new teachers and existing and aspiring school leaders.

Conferences

I believe in the power of giving voice to others and am proud to have organised a number of conferences and TeachMeets to bring together education professionals to grow and learn together.

Doctorate

Having completed a doctorate on the subject of balancing parenting and teaching in 2016, I bring my research skills to all elements of my work.

How to Survive in Teaching

Without imploding, exploding or walking away

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

Teacher Wellbeing & Self-Care

The Little Guide for Teachers series is little in size but BIG on all the support and inspiration you need to navigate your day to day life as a teacher.

  • Authored by experts in the field
  • Easy to dip in-and-out of
  • Interactive activities encourage you to write into the book and make it your own
  • Fun engaging illustrations throughout
  • Read in an afternoon or take as long as you like with it!

Available on Amazon

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Home Page

Welcome. My name is Dr Emma Kell. As founder and director of Those That Can Ltd, I believe in helping people be the happiest, most effective and most authentic versions of themselves. Through my work as a teacher, coach and wellbeing expert, I nurture self-belief and self-awareness and remind you that not only are you not alone, but you have more control than you might imagine.

You deserve, not just to survive, but to thrive.

Blog

I like to blog to clarify and share my thoughts.

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Coach

It’s no exaggeration that coaching changed my career for the better.

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Speak

I use my voice to enable others to find and use theirs.

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Teach

I’m a teacher and school leader of almost two and a half decades.

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Train

I support teams to optimise effectiveness and happiness.

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Write

I’m the proud author of two published books.

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About

I’m passionate about the link between wellbeing, integrity and success. I’m insatiably curious about people, their unique contributions and their exciting potential.

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How to Survive in Teaching

Without imploding, exploding or walking away

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

Teacher Wellbeing & Self-Care

The Little Guide for Teachers series is little in size but BIG on all the support and inspiration you need to navigate your day to day life as a teacher.

  • Authored by experts in the field
  • Easy to dip in-and-out of
  • Interactive activities encourage you to write into the book and make it your own
  • Fun engaging illustrations throughout
  • Read in an afternoon or take as long as you like with it!

Available on Amazon

Would you like to book support or find out more?

Contact Me