What is fit2teach?

It’s the world’s first App; a tool that actually measures a teacher’s work-life balance. And a community of teachers improving their wellbeing and mental health.

How does fit2teach measure the unmeasurable?

Each day, our users log into their private fit2teach account; answer a set of simple questions; and have their work-life balance score calculated by us.

What is a ‘Work-Life Balance Score’?

Good question. The uniqueness of fit2teach means that we’re setting the benchmark. The concept alone is alien to us all; but within a week of using f2t the scoring system will map naturally onto your working-day. Essentially, all work-life balance scores sit on a sliding scale between -100 and 100. Each range of scores provides a colour - a visual (and instant) snapshot of your day. Stay out of the red. And work towards green. There’s a graphic on our homepage as a more visual prompt.

How is my information used?

fit2teach does not pass on your personal data. The scores we gather will – in time – be used to help build a picture of work-life balance of teachers across the world. We've spend the last six months building the trust of thousands of teachers; and we think you've got enough to worry about. We're about improving your wellbeing; not adding to your concerns.

What’s with the school name and postcode?

It simply allows us to build a better picture of our demographic and help personalise your f2t experience. Grouping data gives us the opportunity to support you in this. In time, we'll be in a position to compare data locally, nationally and internationally; enabling us to identify best practice and share it amongst our users. Imagine an education system that champions those schools building success around their most valuable assets? You. Teachers and teaching staff.

What can I do with my own data?

Currently, you make your data work for you. At worst, it will open your eyes and make you reassess your priorities; alert you to areas of your working life that aren’t working in your favour. At best, you’ll join our ‘fit2teach Staffroom’ on Facebook; a place where you’ll share data with teachers across the world; where you’ll be supported and advised in your quest to improve your work-life balance and overall wellbeing.

But will you be able to help me improve my scores?

Absolutely. Week-by-week we’ll be sharing ways to become more efficient in all areas of teaching. We’ll be drawing on good practice from around the world; offering schools the opportunity to become a ‘fit2teach School’; and developing fit2teach to get you motivated and excited to make that positive change to your work-life balance and wellbeing. And fit2teach works. We have the data to prove it.

Where can I download the App?

fit2teach is available to download - for free - for Apple and Android devices in their respective Appstores.

Will it always be free?

We're passionate that teachers should be supported in the quest to improve their work-life balance; and - yes - we'll always provide the tools for change for free. In time, our f2tPRO extra features will bring minimal charges to enable us to grow, reach-out and support more teachers.

I’m a headteacher/principal or teaching assistant. The questions don’t quite fit my role – can I not join in?

Why miss out on the fun!? fit2teach has already been tested by headteachers in the UK; some using it alongside their staff. In the coming weeks, we’ll look to introduce bespoke sets of questions more suited to different roles within schools. We’ve already addressed issues around working part-time or full-time; and we hope to be helping improve wellbeing regardless of your role in school, in the coming weeks.

What new features have been added?

Our f2t community have been eagerly waiting for these! New for version 1.0 sees the introduction of our monthly calendar view. For the first time, see and compare your daily and weekly scores over a month; and at a glance. Compare, share and spot patterns and trends to make conscious efforts to make small changes that add-up and matter. Also new, is our in-App reward system - our way of helping motivate you to put YOU first and help manage your attempts to improve your work-life balance. It's our challenge to you; a way of helping you reach those goals to improve your scores and wellbeing. Good luck!

And for the future?

Who knows? Tell us what you want - it's your fit2teach. We have huge plans: many more features; new ideas; and we're fired up for helping drive change towards happier and healthier teachers. Because a happier teacher is the best kind; and the most important person in your classroom...is YOU.

What's the 'fit2teach Staffroom'?

It's the only staffroom in the world where you can drink wine - or have a cuppa - sat in your pants with the TV on. The place where you'll communicate with other fit2teach users; a place to share and discuss your scores, failures and success; a place to share and magpie good practice; and somewhere to get that support and encouragement that teachers so often crave. Find it on Facebook - search 'fit2teach Staffroom' and request to join the closed group. We look forward to welcoming you.