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A National Education Service? What is it?

To a teacher, the idea of a National Education Service, independent of Government, probably sounds like music to the ears, and it’s certainly an idea on the table, a core of the Corbynite Labour policy. But what would it mean, actually, in practice? It’s all undeniably vague, but the hope would be an evidence, and teacher-lead service, designed to educate and develop rather than to train and instil corporate values. Essentially the biggest criticism of a Corbynite government is that it is huge on ideas, but lacking on detail and delivery, but honestly, to me – that remains the beauty of it. The detail can, and should, be worked out by the deliverers, not left to political whims, interferences and devices. I didn’t learn free thought from school, and to... Read More »

Educational games for the summer holidays

With many children now off school for six weeks, parents are thinking of ways they can keep their children entertained. It is also important to ensure that your child still does something that’s are educational and keeps their brain ticking over throughout the holidays. You may want to invest in some workbooks and put aside an amount of time each week when you ask your children to sit down and work through some of the exercises in them. These books are often quite fun but you may find that your child quickly gets bored especially if they know their friends are playing games of that the sun is shining and they want to be outside. There are plenty of ways to have fun in the holidays whilst it still has... Read More »

Helping students to build friendships

As a teacher, you will have gone through years of training showing you how to teach children the information they need to take with them through school and into their adult life. Many of the skills you teach them will be academic and linked to maths, science, history etc but there is another side to teaching that should not be overlooked. Teachers will often need to help manage pupils behaviour and also friendships. This is especially true for early years such as key stage one where some children may not have mixed with other children much prior to starting school. It is important to teach a child and give them confidence in how to make friends and start to explain to them what is important. Often teachers will do the... Read More »

Making the most out of your TA

As a teacher, you will probably have a TA (teaching assistant) in your class at least a few times a week. The role of a teaching assistant is to assist the teacher in whatever tasks they have to do. It is up to the teacher to give the teaching assistant duties that they would like them to be responsible for and to ensure that they are doing the job correctly. Teaching assistants do not usually plan lessons or mark work unless they have a teaching degree but they are able to take a small group of children to work with on their own. If you have a wide range of abilities in the class then you may find it useful to split the class into smaller groups to allow you... Read More »

The role of a head teacher

If you have been in teaching for a little while you may consider applying for a role of a head teacher. The role of a head teacher can be very different from a normal teaching role so you need to consider carefully if this is the right career move for you. A head teacher is the most senior teacher and leader of a school, responsible for the education of all pupils, management of staff, and for school policy making. The role often involves quite a bit of administration work and often not a lot of teaching. You will often be required to work longer hours than teaching staff and are expected to attend the majority of events related to the school i.e school plays, concerts, parent’s evenings and fund raising... Read More »