How to make it fun in any classroom
In any classroom, striking a balance between serious learning and fun can be a fantastic way to ensure the kids are kept engaged and interested in what you're teaching them.
Having fun activities and keeping things light from time to time means pupils don't dread coming to class, and means they're far more likely to listen to you, especially when they've got something... »
Are British schools suffering from a 'brain drain'?
Schools in the UK have been suffering from a perceived shortfall in the number of teachers for some time now, with campaigners reporting time and again that the government is failing to deliver on its targets for teacher recruitment in each of the last three years.
But is the shortfall less to do with a lack of recruitment and more about the fact that high numbers of educators are... »
10 life hacks all teachers will want to know
Teaching can be one of the very best jobs in the world for those who love to get into the classroom and pass their knowledge on to young minds. But we can all use some help from time to time to make the job that little bit easier, right?
Here, we take a look at ten of the very best life hacks you can bring into the classroom to make your job just a tad easier.
London schools 'falling behind global competitors'
London schools have been seen as the indicator of improving levels of performance in the UK in recent times, but new analysis of tests from across the world suggests that the capital's schools are falling behind the standards set by competitors on an international stage.
University College London (UCL) Institute of Education study, using OECD Pisa test results, show that many... »
26,000 Welsh pupils risk leaving school without being able to read and write
There is a growing concern that many Welsh school pupils will leave school without the ability to read and write properly, according to a campaign group that has looked into the extent of the issue.
The Read On. Get On. coalition has called for action to be taken to tackle the issue, which it says could see as many as 26,000 pupils across Wales leaving school without these skills... »
Language skills at a young age are key to future learning
Children who have poor language skills at an early age are more likely to have problems with academic subjects in the later part of their primary school learning process, a new study has discovered.
According to the research carried out by Save the Children, children who struggled with language when they started school at the age of five will have significant problems when it comes to maths... »
Scheme to bring troops in as teachers sees 28 qualify
A scheme designed to bring former soldiers into teaching jobs has seen as many as 28 qualify since it started. However, this is far below the target that had been set by the government, leading to criticism for the project from experts.
When former education secretary Michael Gove launched the scheme, he had hoped it would see 2,000 applications from people who had previously been... »
Govt to 'quietly' cut budget for free school meals
The government has been accused of potentially sending thousands of small primary schools into financial trouble by quietly scrapping the funding that allows them to afford to provide free school meals for their pupils.
As many as 2,867 small primary schools across England and Wales are currently receiving £2,300 extra in funding per year so they can afford these meals, but... »
Teacher shortage in UK continues for fourth consecutive year
The government risks a growing shortage of teachers across the UK after having missed its target for recruitment for the fourth year in a row, according to a new report released by the National Audit Office.
The report states that the government has little knowledge about how to deal with the shortage, saying the Department for Education "has a weak understanding of the extent of local... »
State schools' strong performance 'putting private sector at risk'
State schools are making ground on their private counterparts in terms of performance, potentially putting the future of private establishments at risk, according to the editor of the Good Schools Guide.
The guide's editor said state schools have improved so much in recent years, with more high performers in the sector now than ever before, that parents who would have previously... »
Problems every single teacher will understand straight away
There are many reasons people get into a teaching career. Being able to teach kids about the world and a range of different subjects means it is one of the most rewarding jobs you could ever hope to find.
However, like any job, there are those little problems that everyone seems to experience at some point. Those little common issues that everyone who has spent in the job will nod at with... »
State schools provide half of students to Oxford and Cambridge
Half of all students who go to Oxford and Cambridge University are coming from schools in the state sector, the latest admissions data has shown, which also indicates that smaller specialist institutions are 100 per cent provided for by state schools.
According to the data released by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on admissions for universities, as many as 89.8 per cent of people... »
Are e-books bringing the age of paper books to an end?
Books have been a big part of the learning process in a number of fashions for hundreds of years across the world, but more schools, particularly in the US, are now turning their backs on the traditional paper medium; so are e-books helping to bring the age of the paper book to an end?
According to the The National Literacy Trust, more schools are now starting to use e-books, although in... »
Teachers 'bumping up predicted grades' to help pupils with uni admissions
Teachers in England and Wales are apparently bumping up the predicted grades for pupils sitting their A-levels as a way to improve their chances of getting into the top universities they are applying for, it has been claimed.
Ucas head Mary Curnock Cook said this is a response to the way universities now operate, with many relaxing their rules on grades simply to help improve the... »
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