Organising statutory testing in a small primary school

Whichever sort of school you find yourself in as a teacher whether it be a large inner-city school with hundreds of pupils or a small rural school with possibly only forty pupils on roll one thing is certain the pupils in that school will have to undertake statutory testing at some point in the year. Whether you agree with the testing regime or not it is part of your role as a teacher to carry out these tests and submit the assessments to the government. In a small primary school, l there may only be a small number of children... Read More »

Going back to work as a teacher in September

With the summer holidays well underway, many teachers are already thinking about their return to work in September. It may be that they have not worked in the school since lockdown due to shielding or simply they were not needed so it may be a big shock to the system when they return. Things are likely to be very different for quite some time within schools. Assembles, lunch times, play times and pick up / drop offs are all changing to allow as much social distancing as possible. As a teacher, this is going to cause quite a lot of... Read More »

What are the benefits of becoming a teacher?

Over the last few months teaching has been extremely different to the normal routines that everyone was used to. Many teachers have had to give up their holidays to come into school and teach the children of key workers. Hopefully this summer, they will finally be able to relax a little and enjoy time with their own family.   need to have a lot of patience to become a teacher and have a passion for learning and helping children. You may decide that you only want to work with primary school children, or perhaps you would rather go into adult... Read More »

Home learning in lockdown

With many of the UK’s students still at home, more and more parents have had to turn their hand to home learning. This is not an easy task for any parent and especially if you are still trying to juggle work. Many schools are uploading work for children to complete on a daily basis. In primary schools especially, not all of this work is compulsory, but it is there as a guide for parents to use. Many people worry about how children are going to be affected by the lockdown and months of school they have missed. We certainly are... Read More »

Home schooling-not for the faint hearted

Many parents are finding themselves thrust into the world of home schooling during the recent pandemic and although schools are endeavouring to provide work for and support students at this time the organisation of the tasks, resources and time management is falling on parents. It is impossible to replicate a school classroom in your own dining room or kitchen and there is no need to worry about trying to do so. Most young children are happy working on the floor or on a coffee table so unless they are writing and need to sit at a table to do neat... Read More »