ASCL: Teacher pay increases not good enough
Pay increases proposed by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) fall below what is needed and “arbitrarily discriminates” against headteachers.
This is according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which states that the recommendations will do little to tackle the current recruiment crisis in the profession.
The STRB published its suggestions... »
Why teachers are great role models
Most people, in and outside of education, agree that teachers, for the most part, should be and are great models for all learners. This is especially true for teachers imparting their knowledge to children and young people, who are, by virtue of their age, perhaps at their most impressionable and susceptible.
Given that apart from the parents, immediate family and close friends, teachers... »
Going above and beyond in teaching
Going above what is mandatory in the classroom is important for many reasons. It makes teaching more engaging for professionals and lessons more interesting for students. In turn, pupils are not only more inspired but they also tend to perform better.
However, creativity is misunderstood, poorly invested and often overlooked when it comes to teaching. The focus of education can often be... »
Headteachers ‘in limbo’ over which political party can improve education
Schools leaders are unsure about which of the main political parties is best able to deliver meaningful change and improvement to the education system, according to a new survey.
The Key for School Leaders State of Education report revealed that six out of ten headteachers were of this opinion, with the overwhelming majority (77.2 per cent) particularly critical of the coalition government’s... »
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says a Labour government would consider replacing GCSEs by 2025.
There is every potential for GCSEs to be phased out over the next ten years, the shadow education secretary has said.
In an interview with the Guardian, Tristram Hunt said a Labour government would look at replacing these qualifications with a single baccalaureate.
This he explained would bring together academic and technical education, which have long been divided.
5 ways to cope with stress as a teacher
Teaching is one of the most stressful vocations in the country, with high numbers of professionals admitting to feeling the heavy weight of their vocation on a daily basis or at least at some point in their career.
It’s a huge problem and one that is endemic in teaching. Seemingly, this has always been the case and therefore, given its prevalence, mustn't be overlooked. Schools... »
5 reasons why teachers teach
The challenges of being a teacher are so well-documented that it is any wonder we have teachers. The workload is so severe that it leaves professionals feeling dispirited, stressed and broken. There is also a sense of feeling undervalued, as if their role in schools is purely functional. And, well, there is never a sense of calm in the workplace - changes to education happen far too often... »
A teacher supply crisis ‘is unfolding’
Headteachers say they are struggling to recruit professionals to teach core subjects likes English, maths and science.
This is according to a new survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which noted that 44 per cent of school leaders have vacancies in English posts, 52 per cent in maths and 50 per cent in science.
Further compounding this shortage of teachers... »
Professional skills tests: The lowdown
Before you even embark on your teacher training, you need to demonstrate that you have a strong grasp of numeracy and literacy by sitting tests.
The Department for Education explains that these professional tests - as they are known - are essential in ensuring aspiring teachers have the core skills needed to “fulfil their professional role in schools”.
The tests can... »
OCR aims for ‘modern and lively’ language GCSEs
The OCR exam board has submitted draft specifications to modernise French, German and Spanish GCSEs. It explains that this revamp will help to make languages more appealing to pupils.
Three key changes have been proposed. This includes making content more contemporary; making vocabulary learning “more fun”; and bringing back the teaching of grammar as “components of an... »
Enriching the political nous of young people
The idea that young people are more apathetic to politics than other age groups is well publicised, but the reality is that it’s a mixed bag (although one that leans towards lassitude).
There are some who, for many reasons, simply don’t care. Others are disillusioned by those who claim to represent them in Westminster. And, of course, there are those with a fervent interest,... »
The battle for education: Election manifesto overview
If you’re looking for an overview of the key education pledges being put forward by all of the main political parties, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the hard work and sifted through all the superfluous text and whittled it down to the key points, chucking in a key quote for added context.
Outline of promises:To increase the overall education... »
Primary schools ‘need a literacy boost’
A fifth of all children in England lack the necessary reading skills required when leaving primary school, according to a new report from Save the Children.
The Power of Reading, which was published as part of the Read On. Get On. campaign, said that this is a longstanding problem that needs urgent action.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly at risk of falling... »
Global education revolution ‘yet to happen’
At the start of the 21st century, representatives from 164 countries gathered in Senegal’s capital Dakar. At the end of discussions, which took place in April, they all agreed to transform the quality of education throughout the world. Accordingly, they put pen to paper and signed the Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments. Things were going to change.
PSHE Association launches new body image guidelines
The PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Association has launched new guidelines for teachers delivering lessons on body image.
Produced in response to what the association describes as “increasing concerns linked to body image”, the document aspires to assist professionals when it comes to teaching lessons on the sensitive topic, which is part of the PSHE curriculum.
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