The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

John Dabell

John trained as a teacher 20 years ago, starting his career in London and then teaching in a range of schools in the Midlands.

In-between teaching jobs, he trained as an OfSTED inspector and worked as a national in-service provider, project manager, writer and editor.

He has written many educational books and children’s books.

Latest blog posts

John Dabell

How to recharge your teaching batteries

Summer is a welcome break for even the most resilient school leader. But when you get your life back, what do you do with it? Did the end of term leave you quanked, forswunk, and ramfeezled? Has your mojo run off and left your body to cope all by itself? Fear not, the summer holidays are here and...
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Why lazy teachers are the best

Working hard or hardly working? John Dabell explains why putting the power in pupils' hands is the best way for teachers to look after their own wellbeing. I'm a lazy teacher – a really lazy teacher. Many of my colleagues are too. We don’t mind admitting it either. In fact, we’re very proud. You...
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