Could a job-sharing teaching role work for you?

As people try to get a better work life balance taking on a job share as a teacher could be the answer for many teachers. It is a good idea if this is something you are interested in approaching the Head teacher to see whether they are open to such a job arrangement especially if you are struggling to keep up with working full time but do not want to give up teaching. Job sharing is common in schools and usually means that one class of pupils is taught by two teachers whose hours of work are either divided equally... Read More »

Coping with the pressure of being a year six teacher

In Primary school it could be said that the teaching staff who are under the most pressure are those teaching in the final year of a child’s primary education. This is because it is in that year that children sit their Statutory Assessment Tests which are test that are mostly not marked internally by teachers in the school but are sent away to be marked by external assessors who are employed by the Government. The pressure that teachers feel to ensure the pupils are well prepared for the tests is great, but many teachers are also aware of the need... Read More »

Managing your time as a teacher

As a teacher you will already know how precious your time is to you. You don’t get many hours in the day and many teachers fid that they have to bring a lot of their work home with them. Time management is very important to ensure that you spend as little of your free time working, as possible as this is not only good for your mental health but also for building relationships with your family members at home. It is important to not only manage your time in your job, but also making sure that you have spare time... Read More »

The importance of teaching pupils to be safe online

The majority of children now a days use or own a device that can access the internet and so it is important that at home and at school they are taught how to keep safe when using the internet for research or educational gaming. When pupils are using the internet at school there are safeguards in place to prevent them from accessing inappropriate content but no system is fool proof and so it is important to explain to pupils that if they come across anything of this nature they tell an adult immediately. Young children should not be able to... Read More »

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 »