Today, Thursday 8th June 2017, millions of us will be voting and with more young people registering this year, the results aren’t easy to predict. Some of you may have already made your mind up but for some, you may still be undecided. Education is incredibly important to us as teachers and for some of us, this will sway our votes. The manifesto’s have been … Continue reading Let’s Get Political…
At the moment, the reintroduction of Grammar schools is filling the educational news. There have been many debates over the years about whether they are good or bad, with Conservative in favour of and Labour fully against the idea. From the early 20th Century, children were streamed into either Grammar schools or Secondary Modern schools (later known as Comprehensive’s) based on their abilities. At the … Continue reading Grammar schools: Are they good or bad?
Woo hoo! Summer is finally here. Teachers can relax at last and forget about books and classrooms, lesson plans and assemblies! Well, for a few weeks at least. When you speak to people about life as a teacher, they always (without fail) make reference to the holidays, in particular those five or so weeks we get off in the Summer. “But your job can’t be … Continue reading Summertime Teacher
In light of the recent results of the EU referendum, we are wondering how the impending Brexit will impact education. Britain is home to many of the world’s leading universities and its education system outperforms some of the bigger European countries. Some argue that its place in the EU is the cause of its success, whilst others argue that our education system was created by … Continue reading How will the Brexit results impact education?
June! Where has the year gone?! For some, it is nearly the end of another year, eager for the holidays to begin, to relax. For others, it marks the end of their NQT year, celebrations of survival and that relief to know you are now a fully-fledged teacher. Finally, there are those of you who are finishing your PGCE and will be joining the teaching … Continue reading Surviving the teaching world
A fully resourced, collaboratively produced, scheme of work should be put in place for all teachers for the start of each term.
I know of a few schools that are using their Subject Leaders to create schemes of work for all teachers to follow. When this is done in consultation with the other teachers, it appears to work well. It also helps support those teachers who maybe feel under confident in that curriculum area. I feel that this is a positive step as long as teachers are given the freedom to also use their own ideas and it isn’t used as a strict ‘you must follow’ type scheme and more as guidance if wanted. Continue reading Teacher Workload Crisis!
So, Term 4 begins and we are all back at work, most likely bemoaning the fact that the holidays have flown by far too quickly!! It’s a common cry in the staff room that first day back: “Where did the week go?” Yes, indeed, where do these holidays go?! We start them with that exhilarating feeling of having such space ahead of us. I always … Continue reading Back to school: what do you do to chill?