The young teacher survival guide


September 2015

Gorgeous bee watch

I work in an integrated mainstream and SEND school which has lots of behaviour issues. As such I wear minimal jewellery: one ring, simple stud earrings and a watch. Recently my trusty, old watch gave up, so I have been on a hunt for a stylish watch that I can wear for work. I love Accessorize watches and on my hunt I found this gorgeous bee watch made for them. It has a cute design and the strap is incredibly comfortable, so I can wear it both in and out of school. Not to mention the strap matches the colour of my new favourite nail varnish combination (see my previous blog post) and our minibeast topic!

Now I have a big tip for you: if you want an Accessorize watch you must check to see whether Argos sell it first. Most of the time Argos sells Accessorize watches for at least £10 cheaper than Accessorize themselves and they often have a wider range available.

This watch was not available from Accessorize and was only £14.99 from Argos (half the price of other watches on the Accessorize website!)

Here’s the link to buy this Accessorize bee watch from Argos.

Share some photographs of the cute jewellery you wear to work in the comments!

We can survive teaching together!


Professional nail varnish look

I hate having dirty nails! However, teaching in a primary school means working with all of the sticky, dirty substances known to man, and you can guarantee that every one of them will get under your nails. Because of this, I like to keep my nails short and painted. Now I know that most schools will oppose to you wearing bright nail varnish so I have found this classy, simple colour which keeps your nails looking clean and professional. First I put two coats of the Barry M matte vanilla paint on and then cover them with the Barry M plumpy top coat. Now I know what you’re thinking “Why use a matte colour and then put a shiny top coat on?” Of course the matte nail varnish looks great on its own, but I think adding the top coat gives it a completely different colour and makes sure that my varnish lasts all week, because heaven knows I don’t have time during the week to re-do my nails!

Here are the amazon links to the nail varnishes mentioned in this blog post:

Matte nail paint by Barry M – vanilla 425

Gelly hi-shine nail paint by Barry M – plumpy top coat 451

Superdrug, Boots and Tesco usually have 3 for 2 offers on Barry M nail varnishes – two for school and a treat for the weekend!

We can survive teaching together!

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