Picture books

When my child first started school I was surprised at how many picture books she was given as reading material with very little or no words in. I felt that my child had started to grasp reading a little and was able to recognise and start to spell out certain words and wondered if using only picture books may set her back. After speaking to a number of teachers I realised the importance of picture books in learning and that they too have a great advantage to teaching. Picture books can be a great way to start a conversation with... Read More »

Choosing where to do your work placement

When at secondary school you will have at least one opportunity to go on a work experience process. This process is when you chose a place that you wish to work in for a week or two and will attend that work place instead of school to experience life in a working environment. Some schools will have a list of places that you may wish to carry out your work experience but you are often allowed to contact your own choice of company to ask if they would be able to accept you. When choosing where to do your work... Read More »

Teachers set to strike 5th July

The NUT have confirmed that they have a strike planned for the NUT members on the 5th of July 2016. The latest strike is said to be regarding funding for schools as it seems funding is likely to drop over 8% in the next few years. Teachers are concerned of the effect this will have on schools and pupils in terms of their learning. It may be that class sizes will have to be increased, the schools will not be able to afford as many teachers or support staff and that pupils may be more restricted on subjects they can... Read More »

Plan your time during school holidays

As any teacher will tell you, the school holidays seem to fly by faster each year, you have only just broken up and it seems no time at all until you are due to head back in to start a new term. The best way to get the most of your school holiday breaks is to plan a few activities to do during the holiday period. I would strongly recommend not leaving all your planning and marking until the week or few days prior to you returning to your teaching job as this leaves little room for movement should you... Read More »

Boycotting SATS exams

There has been much talk in the media of late regarding exams that we put our children through, especially in primary schools. The SATs or Keystage 2 exams are due to take place starting next week and a campaign known as “let our children be children” has been set up to get parents to boycott the latest of these exams. The petition has so far raised over thirty thousand signatures, some claiming to be from teachers, agreeing to boycott the exams. Parents can incur a £120 fine for keeping their child out of school without prior permission or a valid... Read More »