I was English leader during my time in the classroom – hands down the most immature English leader you’re ever going to come across. My reading-lists looked like a page from a year-six kid’s reading-diary; worked through at a slower - much slower – pace due to the arrival of my own children. I’m not blaming my kids for my struggles to tackle grown-up books; just for the fact that I never seem to get more than a few minutes to myself without locking the bathroom door. The fact is: I’m just not a massive fan of reading. There - I said it. I’m a (ex)teacher who isn’t a fan of reading. But don’t worry – you won’t find too many of us.
We’ve come so far over the last ten weeks. During this time we’ve listened intently to you; to different practitioners working in schools, local government and the corporate world; and from our very special online community who’ve had our backs from day one. We’ve worked alongside; heard from or caught the attention of teachers speaking sixty-nine different languages; from two and a half thousand cities; in over one hundred and twenty countries across the world. All these teachers (your global colleagues) saw- in fit2teach - an application with the potential to help improve your work-life balance and wellbeing. And it did. And you did. And we did. When we asked you to stick around, you showed patience and trust and - together – we’re making small-steps to make things right. In fact if not for the controversy behind our ‘Glue Stick Delivery’ question, we’d probably all be sharing a house together; albeit a massive one, in or around the equator.
This wasn't in the script. However much we believed in fit2teach and its potential, we never saw this coming - not this quickly anyway. In the space of a week, we've received countless messages of support from teachers and headteachers around the world; our phones haven't stopped buzzing; and our users continue to increase in their thousands - absolute madness! We've also had constructive feedback - and a few damning reviews - all of which make us more determined to develop the platform to be the most personalised; closest-to-perfect fit2teach we can deliver to you. And - for teachers - it will always be free.
As you can see from our timeline, things are moving quite quickly! Within the last two weeks, we have designed; we've implemented; beta-launched; and have now officially launched to a wider audience. Response has been absolutely overwhelming and our community has been awesome - thank you all so much.
We made the decision to launch to a wider audience as a result of the sheer volume of positive feedback; and the early impact of fit2teach on the work-life balance of our beta-group. The beauty of fit2teach is its simplicity - having a way to measure and monitor the once unmeasurable. We've given you the platform to do it; now it's up to you...