Yearly Archives: 2014

Ensuring that all children get a fair education

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

In the UK children getting an education is a basic right, all children are required to attend formal education from the age of four and will attend until at least the age of sixteen. Each child has an equal right to that education regardless of gender, race, religion or social background, however these aspects can so easily impact on a child’s education.

Most teachers will be aware that in a classroom there is often a number of disruptive students that can cause the learning of their fellow students to suffer through distraction and negative behaviour. This can be a form of bullying and can be used against children in the form of peer pressure to encourage others to also be disruptive and shun their education.

As a teacher you are never going to be able to force a disruptive child to sit quietly and learn with the rest of the class however it is your role to ensure that they do not hinder the learning of other children and do not take away their right to a good education.

Managing disruptive pupils often involves exclusions from lessons or individual study sessions, whichever way your school chooses to address this behaviour it is always worth the battle for those children who want to learn and have that right to.

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Working with a teaching agency

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

There are many teaching agencies out there all charging different fees and offering benefits to register with them. You may want to try and use one that has been recommended to you. If the agency asks you to pay a fee upfront to register with them, you may wish to ask for a two week free trial to see how they work before committing.

A good agency will not only help find you work in the areas you wish to work in but should also support you in terms of lesson planning and material and emotional support with difficult situations. They may not have staff trained to deal with giving advice on specific circumstances but they should be able to point you in the right direction of someone that can.

Many agencies only charge a fee if they find you work, make sure you know what this fee is upfront so there are n nasty surprises in your first pay packet.

Posted in recruitment

The Bridge Between the Two Sides of Supply Teaching Jobs

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Did you know that employers often report rejection of their job offers? Or that many people make their job searches in the wrong places especially when scouring the web for vacancies? Poor hiring choices can have an negative impact on both the hiring organisation and the candidate hired to fill the position.

It can cost the organisation financially or negatively influence its internal morale and culture. On the other hand, a candidate who may be wrongly matched to the vacancy’s requirements may end up being unhappy and unproductive hence adversely impacting on both him/herself and organisation he works for. Use of a recruitment agency is therefore necessary in order to find the best candidate for a job and therefore commence a fruitful working relationship between the hiring client and the job seeking candidate. (more…)

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Do younger teachers have the life experience to teach well?

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

Often you hear parents say that their child’s teacher, in their opinion, is far too young to be teaching. But what is this statement based on and where is the research to back this up?

Teachers range from early twenties right up to their sixties and seventies with many more in the middle. I think different age groups of teachers bring with them different qualities and also maybe issues. Although younger teachers may not have the life experience a teacher that is in their fifties does, it doesn’t mean that they cannot tech as well. In fact, often you will find that it is these teachers that build a better relationship with the pupils and they are more in touch with the way they think.

Young teachers may have more of an idea about some of the latest crazies / bands and new technology, which can all be used not only is conversations with the pupils but even tied in to a lesson to make it more fun. I think it is important to have a range of teachers from all ages.

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How to find a job as a teacher

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

There are many avenues you can explore when it comes to finding a teaching job suitable to you. If you want something that is local, you may look in local newspapers or on the council’s website as these are often the only places you will see them advertised.

There are also some great teaching job agencies out there that will hunt down the right position for you. The teaching vacancies they have available range from full time to part time and permanent to fixed contract / temporary. If you have recently become unemployed or have decided to start supply teaching work then this can be a great way to quickly land the job you want. The teaching agencies will not only help you with finding a job but often offer help and support in terms of class room behaviour or lesson planning. Many have a website with useful downloads that can be accessed by teachers that are registered with them.

Posted in education, recruitment

Early Years Teaching Jobs: Common Responsibilities Every Prospective Teacher Must Know

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Teaching younger students like toddler may seem to be a child’s play. However, early years teachers can prove that they have more responsibilities than regular teacher for older kids. Schools offering early years teaching jobs make sure to inform prospective teachers of their future jobs in the field.

Facilitate learning in for children

Children in their nursery and preschool years have special education needs. Early education teachers must facilitate effective sets of classes ideal for children. This includes planning for activities and daily schedules to ensure children will learn in classrooms.

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Media Courses – Poor Job Prospects?

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

There are many media courses in schools and a t university, but it’s a vocational subject that’s often picked on for being rather poor for job prospects. The main reason for this tends to be because it’s supposed to be ‘studied by people who didn’t know what else to pick’.

That’s true in many subjects though, and media is a large industry, so there will be people who chose it because they wasn’t sure on what they want to do in the future. It can give people the experience needed to start a career in Journalism, Copywriting, Press Relations, Advertising, Photography and Videography among others.

There’s no right or wrong subject to study, and every course has the potential to help an individual develop skills and a successful career, and media courses should not be written off.

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The Student Associates Scheme

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

If you’re looking to break into teaching then you’ve probably heard of the Student Associates Scheme, but don’t panic if you haven’t. It’s basically an opportunity for students in higher education to spend 15 days in an English secondary school, giving them an insight into the life of a teacher.

You essentially shadow a teacher and learn form them and hopefully take inspiration from them, but it’s a way of preparing for the working world that awaits you when you finish university. You won’t just watch though and you can develop your own teaching skills by mentoring students.

Many people are rather scared when they step into the classroom for the first time, but this early experience can prepare you for the future, when you may have to ’go it alone’.

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New NUT advice line opened for teachers

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

NUT stands for the National Union of Teachers and is a great union to be part of. They offer help and advice for teachers as well as pay calculators, courses, conferences and events and much much more. Most teachers are members of this union and it is the NUT that organised the strike for teachers pay and the way they work.

The NUT has now opened an advice line for new and existing teachers to call should they have any concerns or problems at work. If there is a dispute over a teachers’ pay for example, the NUT will assist a teacher with how they need to approach the subject and the time scales and processes involved should the situation not be sorted out immediately. Some head teachers also use the advice line to reaffirm their own understanding of a matter before relaying it to their staff.

NUT have said the sheer number of calls they receive shows that teachers are facing a number of difficulties and that they are pleased to try and be of some help.

Posted in education, News

Is Ofsted actually having a negative effect on our teachers?

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

When a school knows that they can expect an Ofsted visit at any time, teachers can become very anxious and free an immense amount of pressure. The reason for Ofsted is to check that the teachers and school is performing as it should do, that the children are safe and being given a good education. Some teachers will say that although this is great in principle, it can have a negative effect on the way they are able to teach.

Teachers are expected to hit targets in order to retain pay grades while the pupils merely become a number on a spreadsheet. Many teachers feel that they have now become victims to Ofsted and that the powers that be are more interested in targets and budgets than the individual pupils needs. I strongly believe that our schools and teachers do need to be regulated but that maybe it’s time for a restructuring of how this is done.

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