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Are You Considering A New Year, New (Teaching) Career?

Mat Galvin | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

I'd advise other people who are looking for a rewarding career change to consider teaching - especially if you like working with young people, are interested in a subject area or are keen to find a career path with a wide range of opportunities. Teaching always has been and always will be my way of tackling those January blues, and it could be yours too.

Learning How To Sing

Pam Jarvis | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

This Christmas, I was poignantly reminded of my school teaching years in two highly unexpected ways. First of all I got, in my mother's terms, 'proper...

Three Things To Look Out For In Education Policy In 2017

Duncan Sim | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

2016 will be remembered as a year when established certainties fell victim to the arrival of a brave new world. In the UK, Brexit was clearly the grea...

Why Teaching Gives Me Goosebumps

Mat Galvin | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Mat Galvin

Of course teaching is not without its own challenges, but there are also many benefits and rewards that make the hard work worth it. I go home at the end of each day knowing that I've made a difference. Is that something you'd like to feel too?

What You Need To Remember When Choosing A Tutor

Ash Parsa | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Ash Parsa

ALWAYS ask for references. If a tutor is good and can supply excellent references from a variety of parents, then you will be more comfortable about hiring them. It is also vital that any tutor you consider hiring, is able to produce an up to date DBS disclosure.

Seven Ways To Encourage A Love Of Reading In The Classroom

Mary Walton | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Walton

Any teacher is familiar with the idea of children who don't want to read. They find the idea boring, useless, or irrelevant to them. As frustrating as it can be, there is hope. Try these seven tips out in your classroom, and show those students just how rewarding reading can be.

A Thank You Letter To All Teachers Everywhere!

Joanna Cates | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Joanna Cates

I can't get you better pay or more invaluable hours of support from a teaching assistant. I can't even help with the mountains of paperwork under which you are surely drowning - sorry! But I can show my gratitude - to you and to all teachers, and teaching assistants, who give so much to the children they teach.

Seven Ways To Develop Leadership Qualities In Your Students

Mary Walton | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mary Walton

A leader is someone who can bring a group of people together and help them achieve a shared vision. If you can embody these values to your students, you'll have no problem in developing future leaders.

Enjoyed A Good Career? Now Foster!

Martin Barrow | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We became foster carers with no grand plan, unsure how long it would last. All these years later, we find that we are busier than ever with fostering, including our three current children who have been with us for just over a year.

Confessions Of A Yoga Mama

Harriet McCafferty | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Harriet McCafferty

The more you practise, the deeper you go, you begin to break patterns in life that no longer serve you, you find a deeper peace in life as you take your practise out of the hot room and all the alignment you find in the yoga, you bring to your daily life.

We Can All Help Children Unlock The Joys Of Writing

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

So, why does this matter? We know that children who enjoy writing and who write frequently outside the classroom do better at school. Our research showed that children and young people who enjoy writing very much were seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age, compared with those who do not enjoy writing at all

Is Children's Down Time No Longer A Pastime?

Jo Caley | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Caley

I agree that all children need encouragement to progress and succeed. But is a meaningless literacy worksheet (in which connectives, adjectives and determiners must be used) the right way to go about it? What even IS a 'determiner' when it's at home?!

Don't Tell Me Boys Can't Read As Well!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Last week my son called me over to the computer to show me a headline that had flashed up, implying that boys were failing at reading. He looked at me incredulously and said "this is such a load of rubbish. I love reading!"

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.

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.