Getting a teaching job: Coping with the interview
Being accepted for a teaching job in London and the south east is a dream both recent graduates and teachers looking to return to the profession after a spell pursuing other interests share.
No matter what stage of your career you are at, in order to get your next job you are going to need to perform well in your interview.
Here is some interview advice you can be thinking... »
What tech aids are open to the teacher?
Using technology in the classroom is an important part of the modern teaching role.
Whether you are working in a primary or secondary job, the most appropriate use of technology will simultaneously help you manage your time efficiently and allow your pupils to get to grips with tools that will be important to their future development.
As part of the Guardian Professional series,... »
DfE strips E-Act of 10 academies
The debate about the suitability of some academy operators continues as the Department of Education (DfE) has stripped the second largest chain of state-funded academies in England of the control of ten schools.
Although there have been recent calls for inspectors to be allowed to put the operators themselves under the microscope, currently Ofsted inspectors can only monitor individual... »
Teachers spend half-term break 'working from home'
One of the perceived major benefits of a job in teaching is the holidays that staff get at half-term and during the summer.
However, a new poll has found many teachers are in fact spending their holidays working on classroom-related admin. Around a third of teachers spent more than 50 per cent of this half-term break doing excess school work, according to a new TES survey.
The research... »
Parents 'need to take an active role in children's education'
The role of the parent needs to incorporate some facets of the teaching job and help make life a lesson for children.
Mums and dads should be able to spend time with children doing activities such as planting seeds, stargazing and walking in woodlands as this knowledge is all vital to a child's education, according to a new leaflet published by the National Association of Head Teachers... »
London free school policy attracts criticism even before launch
Staff in teaching jobs in London will soon discover if the growing scepticism of the free school model will affect the launch of new academies in the capital's East End.
The new London Enterprise Academy is opening at the start of the next academic year, taking in 600 secondary pupils. The project will have an educational focus on entrepreneurship and mentoring. It has received backing... »
End of SATs 'is a great opportunity'
The teaching profession should see the end of levels and SATs as an exciting opportunity.
This is the opinion of Russell Hobby from the National Association of Head Teachers, who believes educators and not politicians will be able to come up with a more appropriate assessment system after older SATs levels are phased out in June.
When the government announced its decision to drop... »
Helping teachers get back to work and find a job
According to figures published following a Parliamentary Question, back in 2009, 404,600 teachers under 60 in England and Wales were not working in classrooms anymore. Furthermore, nearly 50,000 teachers left their jobs in the 2010-11 academic year.
There are many reasons why teachers would leave the profession.
True, some of these are informed by irreconcilable differences... »
Chinese maths lessons to come to the UK?
People looking for maths teaching jobs in the future may find their classroom activities influenced by the Chinese educational system.
The coalition's education minister Elizabeth Truss will embark on a fact-finding trip to Shanghai to see how children in the city's schools have become the best at maths in the world.
According to the latest Pisa tables, Shanghai's 15-year-olds... »
NASUWT 'will not strike in March'
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has announced it will not be joining the National Union of Teachers' (NUT's) proposed strikes next month.
Although the NASUWT said it remains deeply concerned about the pay, conditions and pensions people in teaching jobs have to deal with, its members will not be walking out on March 26th.
Managing teachers' stress levels
There is no doubt about it, teaching jobs are stressful jobs.
The constant threat of inspection, the continued governmental fixation with exam results, the changes to remuneration and the increasingly prominent levels of ill discipline among pupils all add up to make cortisone levels spike before the end of the school day. TLTP Education's own research has shown uncertainty around resource... »
A teachers' guide to spotting the signs of stress
People who are attracted to teaching jobs are naturally dynamic. They have to manage so many aspects of their pupils' learning, development and lives it is often little wonder they can neglect their own health.
Since 2000, it has been shown by Health and Safety Executive figures that teaching is the most stressful profession in the UK, with almost half of people reporting themselves... »
Heads outline SATs replacement
Leaders of the nation's head teachers have outlined the direction they think the education system should take in regard to the system for measuring pupils' performance.
The current SATs system, which has seen parents told the 'level' their children are performing at, comes to an end in September this year after the government decided it was too vague in its assessment and... »
Teachers need to develop pupils' character
People in primary and secondary teaching jobs should be tasked with developing the character, creativity and resilience of their pupils.
Many teachers would argue this is already part of their remit, but shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt wants to formalise the process as he believes there is growing evidence that character can be taught.
Speaking to AQA's Creative Education... »
Ofsted to inspect teachers' clothes
After Michael Gove's reminder to teachers to use the disciplinary sanctions available to them, Ofsted has now told teachers to smarten up.
Teachers across the country have announced their decision to take industrial action in March in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions, but the education watchdog believes scruffy teachers are a pressing concern.
Ofsted plans to... »
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