Yearly Archives: 2018

How to manage a class as a supply teacher

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

Often many pupils will take advantage of the fact that they have a supply teacher covering their lesson, especially if it is a new teacher to the school as they will often not know all the rules. Some children will see this as an opportunity to play up or tell the teacher they are allowed to do something that they are not. As a supply teacher you need not be a push-over, you can still effectively run a class and manage their behaviour as a permanent teacher would and keep the control and level of behaviour you expect.

It is difficult dealing with students that you have little information about and you can never be sure of the sort of classroom environment that you will be teaching in that day, however by following a few simple points you can be as prepared as possible.

Firstly you need to be firm from the start, right from the moment you enter the classroom. When starting the lesson it’s important to show the students that you are confident and in control and will not take any messing.

Remain calm and avoid head on confrontations with pupils. If you notice that the behaviour starts to slip make sure that you are familiar with the schools policies and calmly remind students of this.

One of the main ways to ensure that the classroom is run productively and that students behave is to keep them busy by ensuring that you have a back-up plan of extra work should the lesson plan be completed early.

 

 

Posted in education

School admission results

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:53 am

Many parents have woken up this morning to find out if their child has been accepted in to the school of their choice. Many parents had until the start of this year to request placement for their child at up to three different schools. These forms were usually submitted back to local councils for them to be able to decide and allocate places accordingly.

If the parent’s first choice of school was not available then they would try and accommodate them at the second and then the third. If no places were available at their chosen schools then an alternative would usually be offered.

Many parents are now frantically looking through Ofsted reports and on social media sites to find out a bit more about the school their child has been offered a place at to see if they are happy with it. Although league tables and Ofsted reports can give an insight in to how the school is ran and performs it is often not as useful as you may think and actually taking a visit to the school yourself may put your mind at ease and allow you to see for yourself how it is ran.

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What is the year one phonics screening test?

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

Despite many schools and parents being against them, in year one your child will have to undergo a phonics screen test. The test is not done in exam conditions but is still marked and the results sent off to the department of education.

The test will usually take about four to nine minutes per child and is usually done in June. Currently the test consists of 40 words which will be displayed on a sheet for the child to red. Some of these words are real words and others are made up. The idea is to check that the child can read and pronounce the words correctly, even the words that are made up. The made up words are usually denoted by a picture of an alien next to them.

Many parents and teachers say that it can actually mean that children that are very good at phonics may end up scoring low as they will often try and turn the made up words in to words they know and finding it hard to pronounce words that they know are not real.

The pass mark is usually about 80% which equates to 32 marks out of 40. If the child fails the test they will usually be tested again the following year.

Posted in education

Agency fees you can expect to pay as an employer

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 9:53 pm

It is thought that on average it can cost a business around four to five thousand pounds to fill a vacancy they have. This price can include advertising costs and the time taken by other members of staff or business owners to go through CV’s carry out interviews etc.

When advertising a job you may be inundated with CV’s which someone will need to go through in order to shortlist applicants that you want to invite in for interviews. You may have to do more than one round of interviews to find the right candidate and this can all take up a lot of time. If you decide to use an agency, they can take a lot of the hassle away from you by doing all the advertising for the position, filtering through CV’s that are sent in and then pre assessing people that you wish to attend an interview to find out if they are really suitable.

Obviously agencies will charge a fee for their service which is usually based on a percentage of the annual salary being offered to the successful applicant. This is often why it is a good idea to employ more than one agency to find you candidates as you will only pay the one who supplied the applicant that you employ but you have a good chance of finding people who are suitable. Also shop around for the best rate and do not be scared to try and haggle.

 

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