Should classes be split in to sets?

Posted on March 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

There has been a long on-going debate as to if sets are a good idea when it comes to education. Often sets are not introduced until secondary school but some primary settings are also adopting this way of teaching. Sets are created in order to group students according to ability. It is there to allow that group to be taught the same subject at the same level and the same way rather than having to cater for a mixed ability class. There are very mixed reviews as to if sets are a good idea but they can mean that the teachers lessons are more targeted and therefore the pupils should take more from them. Having sets can cause issues amongst pupils though and you may find that there are arguments about who’s at what level. This can cause a lot of friction and can lead to bullying if not managed correctly. Some pupils may feel that they have been labelled and will therefore not push themselves any harder. Research has shown that sometimes it is helpful to put children with other children who are a higher ability to them as it can help bring them up too.

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Is teaching a stressful career?

Posted on September 24, 2021 at 1:41 pm

The job of a teacher has been even more stressful than usually over the last few years due to the pandemic. Many teachers have had to very quickly adapt to different methods of working. It may be that they have had times where they were purely teaching remotely and other times when they have had to teach a class in school whilst also ensuring they set and mark work for pupils ate home. This has only added to the already huge amount of pressure they are under.

Recent research has shown that many teachers in primary and secondary schools often feel stressed in their role enough to make them consider leaving the profession. Not only do you have to find ways of dealing with disruptive pupils but also must ensure that they still get access to a high level of education and that they do not stop any other child from learning.

Teachers not only have the huge work load and pupil behaviour to deal with but they also have to cope with Ofsted inspections which are usually carried out every three years or so. This can add a lot of work to an already busy schedule and can be quite daunting knowing that you are going to be watched and judged on your teaching methods.

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Giving children a break from education over the summer months

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 9:38 am

The last 18 months have been so hard for students of all ages. Many of them have had long periods of time when they have had to be home schooled and they may have fallen behind with their learning. This can be a worry for parents and students but at least they can take comfort in the fact that lots of people are in the same position.

Although it may be tempting to try and get your child to carry on with their education throughout the summer holidays, it is really important that they also have plenty of downtime. Even if they did not accomplish much during lockdown, it will probably sill have taken its toll on them mentally. Children’s mental health is very important and sometimes easily overlooked. Allow them some time to switch off completely from education and just be a child. Try and find time to do activities that they enjoy such as painting, playing in the garden or going out for bike rides as this will help them go back to school in September feeling fresh and ready to learn. This is likely to have appositive impact on their learning and help them catch up quicker.

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Has your child suffered with their education since lockdown?

Posted on June 10, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Over the past 15 months, children all over the world have had their education affected by the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. Many children were forced to start at home and be taught remotely through online lessons or by their parents/ carers. This has meant that many students have suffered a massive disruption and may well of fell behind.

Although this is not ideal, it doesn’t mean that students or their parents should panic. As the pandemic was felt across the whole world, there are and will be allowances made for those that have been affected, such as the exam result grading that was changed to make it fairer to those that missed out.

The government are looking at ways in which they can help offer children additional education should they need it. Whether this is going to be optional or mandatory is still up for discussion but it is likely that something will be put in place over the coming months.

Many parents worry about the effects extra education and pressure will have on their child, so it is likely that there will be a need for a lot of different ideas and solutions to find the right one to suit the majority of people.

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Helping your child with their maths

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 3:11 pm

The maths work that even primary school children must do can be very complex. As an adult you may not of learnt a lot of the maths that your child has to do when you were at school and this can make it difficult for you to help them. If you are struggling with a task it may be worth you looking it up online. This should bring up video tutorials explaining how to do a certain calculation or method. Your child may have already done a lot of work on these types of methods at school so it may be that even if you don’t fully understand it, they do.

Your child’s teacher should be able to help you if you are struggling with the work that has been set. If your child is finding it hard to concentrate then they may be able to suggest easy in which you can help with that. If they are not wanting to engage then their teacher may be able to send them a video explaining what they need to do and giving them some motivation to get their work done. There are a number of other resources available such as BBC bitesize that you can get your child involved in if schoolwork is proving too difficult.

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Could a job as a private tutor be a good career?

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 10:21 am

If you are thinking of starting up your own tutoring business and have the appropriate qualifications and experience you may be wondering whether it is possible to make a good living from this career or whether it is more of a temporary occupation. Many parents are eager for their child to make good academic progress at school but feel unable to support them educationally. These parents will often seek the help of a private tutor to provide extra lessons and support for their child so the potential for business is high.

The outgoings for a business such as tutoring will usually be relatively low as the internet is a valuable source of excellent quality resources that can be used to support learning. Using these good quality and up to date resources alongside current teaching methods will guarantee positive results in terms of pupil motivation and therefore client satisfaction.

The pricing structure for your tutoring business will be dependant upon the area in which you are working and so it is a good move to research what the usual rate is per hour for that area. For instance, if you are working in the London area you would be able to charge a higher rate than if you are employed in a more rural location.

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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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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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Help controlling your classroom

Posted on July 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm

If you are going to be teaching a new year group of class when you go back in September it is important that you start as you mean to go on. You need to establish ground rules immedialty but also show that you have a caring and funny side.

You do not have to go in shouting and screaming at everyone on the first day, but you do need them to know that you will not put up with bad behaviour and that you expect them to listen and work hard.

A good way to start on your first day back is to introduce yourself to the class and find out a little bit about them. Get each of them to stand up and say one thing they enjoyed doing in the summer holidays. After that get them all to sit back down and start to go through some house rules. Explain what behaviour you expect from them and what will happen should they break the rules. Children respond well to rewards, so introducing a rewards system can help pupils stay on target. If you find a group of children who are constantly misbehaving together then it is often a good idea to split them up straight away to avoid them getting into bad habits.

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