Managing homework schedules

As a parent you need to take some responsibility for your child’s education. They do learn a lot from school but often the pupils with input from home, go further. There are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their education. From a very young age you can start to read to them and as they start school, allow them to read words to you. Often in reception the majority of their homework is reading based. Reading helps children with other aspects of education such as spelling and grammar too. As they get older they... 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 »

Offering tutoring to students

If you are a retired teacher you may consider going in to tutoring. Unlike working in a school, you can often pick and choose the hours you work and fit it in around your life style. It allows you to carry on teaching in a way but without all the added commitments. You don’t actually need a degree in the subject you want to teach, but a degree in core educational subjects, including maths, English, science and modern languages, may be useful when tutoring in these subjects. This means that even if you have never been a teacher, you can... 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 »