Top tips for surviving your first year as a teacher
For most people who have trained as a teacher, one of the most exciting things in their career will be the moment they can at long last leave the classroom and head...straight back into a classroom, but this time as the person leading lessons and taking charge.
The first year can be the trickiest of all to master, however, and for teachers taking on their first class, it can be a... »
Five types of parent you'll meet at every parents' night
Parents' night can be one of the most nerve wracking and least anticipated evenings of the year for teachers across the country. With so many parents to see and so many different tales to tell about kids, you've got to have endurance skills and a real thick skin to deal with the varied and sometimes intense meetings you'll be faced with.
We take a look at just a few of... »
The top signs you've been teaching for far too long
Most people who teach do so because they love it; the passing on of knowledge and the chance to watch people learn and flourish is something that all teachers live for. However, after many years, there are parts of the job that you'll see changing. Mostly yourself. Here, we take a look at just a few of the signs which show you've been teaching for way too long.
Rising number of British youngsters are now schooled at home
More parents in the UK are now choosing the home school their children, creating a large rise in this method of teaching in the last few years alone, a new report has shown.
Responses to BBC Freedom of Information requests from 190 local authorities showed that in the space of the last six years, there has been an increase of 65 per cent in the number of pupils whose parents choose... »
Schools told to monitor pupils' internet use
With the internet now more widespread than ever before, and a greater number of young people being savvy about web use, schools are being asked to monitor and restrict online behaviours in the classroom to make sure they are protecting young people from a number of different dangers online.
Adult material, cyber bullying and attempts at radicalising young people from extremists are... »
Inequality tsar calls for best teachers to be paid more to teach in failing schools
Social mobility across England and Wales must be promoted by paying the better teachers around the nation to work in failing schools, which will improve the poor quality of education that has been the biggest barrier to mobility, an expert has claimed.
Alan Milburn, the chairman of the social mobility commission and David Cameron's inequality tsar, said the biggest thing the government... »
Social inequality leading to 'teach to test culture' in the UK
Schools across the UK are among the worst in the developed world for teaching pupils to pass tests rather than simply teaching them what they need to know for the future, according to a new study.
The Oxford University study found that social inequality and the wage gap between skilled and unskilled jobs is driving teachers to teach to test. It said that they are drilling pupils to... »
Donít blame schools for failure to recruit teachers, teaching agency warns
Schools need more help, support and training to understand how best to attract, shortlist and recruit teachers if they are to be expected to continue as the primary recruiter into the profession.
That’s the view of one specialist education recruitment agency, TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool) after The National Association of Head Teachers told the Education Select Committee... »
Lords set to reject proposals to turn all failing schools into academies
Controversial plans for the government to turn all failing schools in England and Wales into academies regardless of the opinion of schools, teachers and parents are set to be rejected this week by the House of Lords, it has been reported.
Under new government proposals, which have been signed off by MPs, schools would automatically be reclassified as academies in any case where an... »
More primary schools now seeing success with 'three Rs'
There has been a modest increase in the last year in the number of pupils who are leaving primary school with a solid grasp of the traditional so-called 'three Rs', as more schools start to see success in these disciplines.
In 2015, 80 per cent of Year 6 pupils across the country achieved Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, which marked an increase on the 78 per cent who... »
Three Brits named in world's top teacher competition
Three UK teachers have made a final shortlist of 50 in a competition to find the world's best teacher, it has been revealed.
Teachers from London, Devon and the Vale of Glamorgan were all given the nod for the next stage of the contest, the Global Teacher Prize, which comes with a huge prize pot of $1 million (£670,000) and is designed to increase the profile of those who... »
More than half of UK schools struggle to find applicants
More than half of the schools in the UK that have posted job adverts for new teachers are struggling to find the right number of applicants to be able to hire the right person, a new study has revealed.
According to The National Association of Head Teachers, the problem has affected 59 per cent of schools looking for new teachers in the last year, with many seeing just a few applications... »
English teachers among world's top 10 best paid
Teachers in Luxembourg are paid more than those working in the profession anywhere else in the world, but English teachers rank highly in the latest wages table, coming in at number nine in the top ten.
A recent study warned that there could be a problem with the remuneration teachers in England and Wales receive for their work because it has fallen behind other European nations.... »
Scottish councils banned from cutting primary school week
Councils in Scotland are to be banned from making any attempts to shorten the length of the primary school week in a bid to save money, it has been revealed.
The Scottish government is to change the law to make sure children spend a minimum of 25 hours a week in the classroom in a reaction to the belief that some councils were looking to reduce this in order to balance the books.
North-south divide in education standards, Ofsted results show
Ofsted has warned that there is a growing north-south divide in education standards, particularly in secondary schools, with many in the north starting to fall behind.
In its annual report on education standards, the watchdog said that approximately a third of schools it inspected in the north and the Midlands were adjudged to be not good enough.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael... »
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