With the new school year and autumn term well underway, what are your best back to school survival tips? It would be good to read your words of wisdom on how to cope with the ‘normal’ ups and downs of school life and they might be helpful to any new members reading the forums. How do you maintain your energy levels and prevent feelings of exhaustion from taking over during the first term? What are your tried and tested classroom tips? What advice would you give to an NQT or someone returning to teaching (after a baby or career break) this year? What keeps you motivated especially during busy and stressful periods during the school year?