Should teachers accept end of term gifts from pupils?

The tradition in some schools to give a gift to the class teacher and teaching assistant at the end of term to thank them has been around for a while but some schools try to discourage this practice or ban it completely. There are a variety of reasons that some schools are uncomfortable with this gift-giving with one reason being that it could be construed as a bribe. The thought that any teacher would treat a pupil in their class differently because of a gift is however ludicrous. Another reason that people who are against this idea give is that... Read More »

Keeping things normal at school

There has been so much disruption this year for everyone and this has hit some children very hard as they have had an unprecedented amount of time off school and even though they are now back, are finding day to day life very different. Life as a teacher is very different at the moment and you may be finding it hard to get everything you need to taught as it should be whilst adhere to strict rules around social distancing and keeping everyone safe. All of this on top of the extra work loads that many are finding themselves under... Read More »

How are parents’ evenings going to be carried out following on from Covid?

Many schools are starting to approach the time when they would usually start to hold parents’ evenings. Parents evenings are important as they allow the teacher to communicate back to the parents or carers as to how that particular student is getting on. Often parents’ evenings discuss all aspects of school life not just academic. For example, many teachers may well comment on how they work with other children, if they have good friendship groups and their behaviour. Although this does not come under your typical subjects, they do form part of the RSHE area which all children have to... 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 »