Bright Teachers

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Is teaching the career for you?

Teaching can be a rewarding and well paid career choice and can lead to quite rapid progression if you are willing to take on extra responsibility whilst in post. If you decide that it is your chosen career path you will need to have a relevant degree or be working towards one. Many primary teachers opt for a B Ed degree as within the course a higher percentage of time is spent on teaching skills than on subject knowledge. Should you be considering a career as a secondary teacher a deeper subject knowledge will be required and so many decide on a BA or BSc or even a one year PGCE degree after obtaining a degree in your chosen subject. During your course you will be given the opportunity to... Read More »

Parents call for less testing more learning

Over the past decade or so more and more tests have been bought in to schools leaving many parents feeling that their child is being put under unnecessary pressure. Many parents and teachers are pushing for the government to look into the number of exams and tests that young people have to endure as not only are the exams and test getting more frequent but also more intense and pass rates are often dropping due to the high expectations. Some students simply do not respond well to exams. They may be excellent in class but when it comes to exams, go to pot. For these students, introducing more exams is especially hard as it may make them look like they are not competent. Many subjects are now made up of... Read More »

Time management is essential for teachers

Despite what people may think teachers do have a lot of work they need to fit in, not only during the school opening hours but also afterwards and weekends. It is vital that you have good time management skills otherwise you will struggle to fit everything in and may find that the job becomes extremely stressful. Planning is very important; you need to know what you have get done within the term and how this should be split throughout the weeks and days. You may also have to plan in time for presenting an assembly to the other classes, report writing, parents evening and possibly helping with afterschool classes. As a rule, most teachers will do their marketing in the evening and at weekends. Although they are given PPA (planning,... Read More »

Is supply teaching a good option?

Many teachers at some point consider supply teaching. This may be when they first qualify, as they approach retirement age or just when their personal circumstances have changed and they need to have more flexibility. Supply teaching can be very rewarding and if you are unsure as to whether you want a full time job as a teacher then it’s a good way to explore the industry without having to commit to a permanent post. If you are already employed in a permanent position by a school then you will usually have to give at least one terms notice before leaving, if you are a supply teacher you can literally pick and choose which days you work. As a supply teacher, you will usually be paid a higher salary per... Read More »

Teacher time management

As a teacher, managing your time effectively is crucial to allow you to do everything you need to. There is so much work to do even after the class has gone home, that if you do not find ways to manage your time you will often be working late in to the night and every weekend. Not only managing your time in your job, but also making sure that you have time for yourself. It is easy to forget about your home life and spend all your days working but this can lead to high stress levels and overworking can make you become ill. All teachers are now given something called PPA time which is supposed to be the time in the classroom without the children, where they can mark... Read More »