Teacher shortage – is it a crisis?

Many of us have heard about the issues that the education sector is facing with hundreds of teachers leaving the profession within their first year and many teachers who have been doing the job for a long time are also leaving or taking early retirement often due to the added stresses and pressures of the job.   There have been a number of relatively large changes of late that has caused a stir in the education system and some of which have been questioned by teachers and parents of the students. Extra exams and testing have made many teachers feel... Read More »

How a head teacher can make a real difference in a school

If your children or child attends school, then there may come a time when the head teacher is moving on and a new one is going to be appointed. This can be a daunting time for teachers and parents who may worry about what changes are going to be made and how it will affect them. Often a head teacher has a lot of say over how the school is run and policies and procedures that they want the pupils and teachers to adhere to. A good head teacher can make a huge difference to a school and on how... Read More »

Getting back to teaching after the Easter holidays

With Easter nearing, many teachers and pupils are looking forward to a well earned break. Returning to school after a holiday can be quite hard work and you will make to make the transition as smooth as possible. Often teachers return to school a few days before the pupils do so that they have time to get their classrooms ready by creating displays updating labels on draws and having a good sort out. They will often have to attend meetings the day or so before the children return to talk about any changes that have / are happening that they... Read More »

What makes a good teacher?

If you are training to be a teacher, you will probably constantly be looking for ways to be the best teacher you can be. Teachers need a certain set of skills to be able to effectively teach pupils and gain their trust and respect. Often you need a quite different approach to teaching primary school children to that of secondary school. Reception teachers often teach very differently to those that teach year 6 but their training has been the same. As a reception teacher, you may need to have more compassion and understanding. You will need to be very approachable... Read More »

Becoming a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher

The job of a teacher, although stressful at times, can be very rewarding. If you have a passion for helping people then teaching can be the perfect job for you. The job of a SEN teacher is to help children in school who have special educational needs and often finds learning difficult. It is imperative that children who require additional help at school are offered the opportunity to do so and as a special educational needs teacher, this role will fall to you. You may be working with individuals who have physical disabilities, hearing or visual difficulties, speech and language... Read More »