Yearly Archives: 2020

What are the advantages to working in a small primary school?

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 8:01 pm

When looking for a teaching job it is important to consider whether you prefer teaching in a large primary school or a smaller rural one as the difference between the two in terms of teaching practice is great.

Although for some teachers the idea of teaching a class where you may have a wide range of ages in the same class can be daunting it can be a much more fulfilling experience as you see children supporting one another across the age range which leads to a feeling of belonging to a family. 

It is common to have a high level of teacher support by teaching assistants in a smaller school with the teacher planning the work but it being delivered to some groups by the teaching assistant. In this way it can really feel as if you are part of a team working together for the good of the pupils.

The flexibility that is necessary in a small school is a plus point for a lot of teachers. For example, if there are only two classes, assembly times can be changed to accommodate extra activities that may be going on in school as long as it suits both teachers equally and the same goes for break times too.

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What is going to happen to those who were supposed to be taking exams?

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 11:58 am

With the current unprecedented situation in the UK and the majority of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many pupils are wondering what is going to happen when things start to return to normal. Children have been off school now for nearly 7 weeks and many of those that are currently being home schooled should have been sitting exams this year.

As this is a situation we have never been in before, n one knows exactly what is going to happen but they have said it is very unlikely that pupils will have to sit these exams, instead they will probably be graded based on their work they have already completed in the classroom.

For some students this will work out well, as it may be that they excel in the classroom but really struggle in an exam sitting. But there will always be those children that the opposite is true. They may not do very well in coursework and in the class room but somehow just seem to fly through exams. For those students this may not be the best option for them.

IT is such a complicated situation, we don’t really know what is best but hopefully no one will be penalised because of this.

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Worrying times for the self employed

Posted on April 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Being self-employed can be extremely stressful at the best of time but especially at the moment buti it can also be extremely rewarding and allow you to run your own business how you wish to but you need to have the right work ethos to be able to do it.  Some people can also make a lot of money from running their own business but you do need to have the motivation, skills and discipline to make it a success.

Currently lots of self-employed people are still unable to work so are having to rely on savings or universal credit to keep them afloat. In June many self-employed people will be getting a grant that should cover some of their earnings but this grant will be taxable and will affect tax credits / universal credits. This is bringing a lot of uncertainty about and people simply do not know what the future holds for them.

The first year or so of running your own business is often testing the water and a bit of trial and error. You will learn a lot in your first 12 months of trading but if you make changes based on the learning you have done you can often make it a success. If this is your first year, you may decide to put it on hold until after this crisis is over or use it as a time to learn and get all your business in order.

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Supply teaching as a choice not a necessity

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 10:43 am

For some teachers supply teaching is only considered if a contracted teaching job can’t be found or if you need your job to fit in with family commitments but there are a growing number of teachers in the primary and secondary sector that are actively seeking supply work as there are a good many benefits to this far more casual way of working.

An initial choice will need to be made as to whether you seek work through one of the teaching agencies or whether you are going to source supply teaching posts independently. Many local authorities will only accept supply teachers who are signed up to an agency, but sometimes smaller schools are more flexible in their approach. Agency work may result in slightly less pay but you may be guaranteed regular work if you want it.

One of the main advantages of supply teaching is that you are in control of the days that you are available for work so for instance it enables you to fit in hobbies or holidays to suit you and your family. This is a major factor in the growing popularity of supply teaching as an employment choice as a contracted teaching job is very inflexible in this regard.

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Are you due a pay rise?

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Asking for a pay rise at work is something that many people find quite hard, but if you are given it, it may make your financial situation a lot better.

There are many reasons as to why it may be the right time for you to ask for a pay rise such as end of a trial period, increase in workload, additional qualifications gained or simply because you feel you are a valued member of the team and work hard.

Many people get very nervous about asking for an increase in their salary, but the truth is that if you have a valid reason why, you should not be anxious about asking. Unfortunately, some employers will not offer you a pay rise meaning that you having to ask for it. Before you do this you should make a note of what you would like to achieve in terms of salary and / or benefits and reasons why you believe you should be entitled to these.  If you can, be specific, give your employer examples of how you have helped the company gain business or gone above and beyond the call of duty. It may be that you constantly work late for no extra money or you have saved the company lots of money by making procedures quicker.

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