UK Teaching

Food for thought: why our teachers need to be taught about nutrition

Roy Ballam | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Roy Ballam

Last month you may have seen the news headlines dominated by "Fish fingers are made of chicken and Fruit Pastilles are one of your five-a-day, say UK ...

The Price Of Everything

Caragh Little | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

I know I'll never be able to repay the value of what I've learned when I'm nowhere near a school or university. When I'm learning about managing my health and well-being from people who actually care. When I'm talking to friends and family about just about everything on earth, laughing, occasionally crying, almost always drinking coffee.

Teaching Excellence Framework Results: It Is Time To Stand Up For Quality Teaching - Every University Should Be Going For Gold

Graham Galbraith | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Graham Galbraith

The release of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been met with mixed reactions. The new scheme was set up to recognise excellent teaching an...

The Teaching Excellence Framework Will Make University Teaching Worse

Joanna Williams | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Joanna Williams

Teaching quality can best be improved by liberating academics from the many demands on their time that have little to do with scholarship. This means not just abandoning the TEF but going further and scrapping the REF too.

Teaching (In)tolerance In Schools

Christina Easton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Christina Easton

Speaking after the London Bridge attack on Saturday, Theresa May stated that there is "far too much tolerance" of extremism in Britain. Given the stro...

Investing In STEM In Schools Is Key To Closing The Digital Skills Gap

Cin-Yee Ho | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Cin-Yee Ho

However, there is also much promise, with productivity gap concerns finally sparking further investment in education and skills to combat the UK's longer-term economic pressures. The key for closing our digital skills gap will be ensuring a significant portion of that investment goes towards STEM initiatives in schools. But where to invest?

Why I'm Tired Of Telling Your Children They Are Never Quite Good Enough

Alice Wilde | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Alice Wilde

We are encouraged to give the children targets, no matter how superb they are. They all need to stretch harder, to aim higher, to push themselves. It is not really OK to give official praise without also giving a push.

I Am Not A Teacher Any More - And It Was The Right Decision

Danielle Duggins | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

I clipped the curb, upturned the car. As branches smashed the window, we were showered with glass, jagged shards missing his face by inches. Kind strangers pulled him from the wreckage, grazed and bruised, screaming, while I waited for the fire service to get me out, my arms aching to hold him.

SATs - When Teachers Don't Teach

Daniel Singleton | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Year Six children don't walk out of school at the end of the year with a SATs qualification - again, this is for the school and not for the children; yet all of Year Six is geared around SATs. So the truth is that teachers are not teaching for learning - they are teaching for a test. This is where the damage is done.

Student Debt 'Should Be Erased After Seven Years If People Become Teachers'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should have their student debt erased after seven years, a report looking at the “worrying” state of teaching recruitment has suggested. ...

Six Tips On How To Help Young Children Learn To Write

Mary Walton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Walton

When children are learning to write for the first time, help at home is essential. You want to help them get the hang of writing, but do you have no idea where to start? No worries. Here's six tips that will help your kids get the hang of writing.

Sex Ed Isn't Scary If Schools Put Relationships First

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

The Department for Education's recent announcement that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be mandatory in schools, starting at age 4, is one that may scare some teachers. Sex is often seen as a taboo subject, even in general society, and for a teacher speaking to a classroom full of children delivering SRE could be an embarrassing prospect.

A Level Archaeology: Down But Certainly Not Out

Dan Boatright | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

So, while the future may not be as bright for the subject as we would have hoped, we certainly won't be disheartened over the next year and hopefully we can convince more people to take this subject at university as we say our final goodbyes.

My Job Means I Can Be Many Things - Does Yours?

Mat Galvin | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

Last month, it was fantastic to read about the finalists of the Global Teacher Prize. What a wonderful set of individuals doing amazing things around ...

The Elephant In The (Staff) Room - Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Haisman-Smith

It is impossible to support the social and emotional health of young people, if we as teachers do not attend to our own emotional health.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

Peers Should Stand Up For Quality And Amend The Higher Education Bill

Sally Hunt | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Sally Hunt

This week, the House of Lords will turn its attention once again to the controversial Higher Education and Research Bill. When it was last considere...

The Girl Who Didn't Want To Be Brave

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Stacey Hirlam

Whenever I discuss empathy in class, a glimmer of light always ignites somewhere in my sub-conscious and I am instantly taken back to when I first read about the Thestrals in Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix. Harry could see the skeletal horse-like creatures that pulled the Hogwarts carriages because he had seen death.

From Othello to Oxbridge

Andrew Law | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Law

"The British public schools, which educated many members of the present Westminster government, of course place great emphasis on developing the confi...

The Power Of The Story

Pam Jarvis | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

How did we ever have enough time for all this? In those pre-SATs and pre-accountability days, the last half an hour of every school day for every year group in the school, from Reception to Year Six was spent sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher read a story.

Teaching At Crisis Point

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Alex Muller-Nicholson

To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.

Let's Celebrate Creativity In The Classroom

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

In our everyday lives, we need to be creative. Things come up that we didn't plan for: problems we didn't imagine we would have to solve, opportuniti...

Teaching Career An Increasingly Unattractive Prospect

Chris Keates | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Chris Keates

Despite the ever-growing mountain of evidence, the Government remains in arrogant denial about the crisis it has created within the teaching profession. Teachers, parents and pupils deserve better.

Teaching... To What End?

Bec Cousins | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Bec Cousins

I am a primary school teacher and have been for over 13 years now. I trained for four years, and went straight into my passion. I then panicked and th...

If You Think Your Pupils Are Googling Their Way To Success, Think Again

Nick Shepley | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Shepley

Learning takes time, perseverance, effort and the knowledge that the learner has a right to be wrong, to make mistakes and to figure it out gradually. A learner's own imperfect answer which is the result of patience and reading is better than someone else's supposedly 'great' answer, acquired quickly online.