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High Workloads Are Harming Teachers' Mental Health

Chris Keates | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

The devastating impact of the last six years of economic austerity, with its savage attacks on public services and on workers' rights is evident in the motions submitted for debate at this year's TUC Congress.

Britain's Comprehensive School Mistake

David Lloyd | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
David Lloyd

Britain had just gone decimal, T. Rex were riding high and I donned the over-long trousers of my shiny black uniform for the first time to attend my battered seventies Comprehensive school.

How To Make Home A Great Learning Environment

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Where did the summer go? Suddenly everyone’s back to school, and it’s time to knuckle down to school runs, homework and study again. Learning does...

This Teacher's Homework Policy Is What We All Wished For At School

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents

A teacher has come up with a new homework policy that adults wish they had during their time at school. A Reddit user, monetclaude, shared a photograp...

Homeschooling: Everything You Need To Know About Teaching Your Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents

“Education is a fundamental right for every child and we recognise that parents have the right to choose to educate their child at home rather than ...

The Future of Education: We Need People Who Can 'Make' Things

Lord Knight | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

As an employer I don't want people who can recall stuff because I've got computers to do that, I want people who can make stuff. And that might be making ideas, it might be making value, it might be making physical objects, but that's what we need.

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Right Here, Right Now

Pam Jarvis | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

Rachel was fifteen today. She has been told at school that her country- one of the rich, English-speaking nations of the world- is highly privileged, ...

I, teacher: Are You Ready for Chatbots in the Classroom?

Will Lord | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Will Lord

Chatbots will have already arrived in the lives of students (they've been appearing in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for some time) but what do teachers need to know? Should you be thrilled or fearful about the prospect of bots in the classroom?

10 Awful Sex Education Lessons That Will Make You Cringe

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We all remember sex education in school being notoriously bad - embarrassing, public and only vaguely educational. A recent study of 16 to 24-year-ol...

Don't Test Our Six-Year-Olds! Let Children Be Children

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

My six-year-old loves to dance, write and draw. Yesterday, she wanted to fly to the moon; today, she has said that she will settle for being an award-winning pianist. Oldest has dreams and she dreams big. We love the summer holidays. They are weeks that are filled with drawing, trampling through woods, splashing through streams and playing make-believe with her sister: weeks that she loves.

Emotional Baggage

Caragh Little | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.

NUT Strike 2016: We Ask Teachers What Is The One Thing They Would Tell Nicky Morgan

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

"Nicky Morgan's policies have made me feel attacked," Annabelle Jameel, a maths teacher in London, told us as she joined the National Union of Teacher...

Pretty Vacant

Pam Jarvis | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

For those of us who work in universities, the year has again rolled round to graduation day. As Alfred J. Prufrock counted his life in coffee spoons,...

Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn Around

Tayana Simons | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.

Love Breeds Love

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Hirlam

I am not usually one for writing about current news stories. However, every so often the real world sneaks up on me, smacks me right between the eyes...

Sorry Nicky, I'm Out

Zoë Brown | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Politics
Zoë Brown

Dear Nicky Morgan, Please accept this as written notice of my resignation from my role as Assistant Head and class teacher. It is with a heavy heart that I write you this letter. I know you've struggled to listen to and understand teachers in the past so I'm going to try and make this as clear as possible. In the six short years I have been teaching your party has destroyed the Education system. Obliterated it. Ruined it. It is broken.

Why I'll Be Supporting the Let The Kids Be Kids Protest on Tuesday

Lottie Storey | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Lottie Storey

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, parents up and down the land will be keeping their kids off school. Why? In protest at the unprecedented levels of testing that...

An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan From One of The 55,000

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Our young people deserve an Education Secretary that listens to, and takes seriously, the concerns of the experts: teachers. They deserve someone at the helm that recognises the crisis at the heart of the system they steer and acts to resolve it. Only this will stem the haemorrhage of principled educators from the profession. Be in no doubt, Nicky, this is happening on your watch. Act now.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

The New GCSE Mathematics Syllabus: What's Wrong

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

From 2017, the new GCSE Mathematics syllabus will be examined. There's much to admire about the principle - more problem solving, a little more rigour...

Why I Left Teaching

Emma Critchley | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

I was good at my job but I was failing my family. The birth of my second daughter made me realise that I couldn't continue as a teacher. I was one of the many teachers leaving the profession but this wasn't for the reasons the media would have you believe.

Why I'm Rallying With Teaching Unions Against Tory Education Reforms

Lucy Powell | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Today I'm joining parents and teachers across the country, alongside the ATL and NUT, to rally against unnecessary and unwanted changes to our schools system announced last week. The Tory Government's plans to force all schools to become academies is a top-down, costly reorganisation of our schools, which nobody wants and schools don't need. The anger from parents and teachers against these plans has been swift and palpable.