Selective Education – does it work?

Whilst little has been done to progress the idea in this parliament thus far, it officially remains government policy to reintroduce forms of selective education or grammar schools as they’re perhaps better known. In most of Britain, selective education was abandoned in the 60’s but some regions do still have selective schools within the state school framework. Whilst there is no doubt that these schools perform better than their comprehensive counterparts, there is perhaps an obvious reason – they select the ablest pupils based on exam performance. The idea behind selective education is that it allows you to categorise pupils... 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 »

Helping your children with their homework

Different schools and year groups send out differing amounts of homework. There is no law to state how much or how little homework a pupil should receive so it is very much up to the individual school and often teachers to decide. Some schools have decided that reading is more important at the early stages than homework so decided to stop giving out homework but to ask the pupils to read to their parents or family members each night. If your child is set homework then make sure that they allow themselves enough time to complete it without having to... Read More »

Working well with your TA

A TA (Teaching assistant) is very important to a teacher and can really help in all aspects of the classroom. As a teacher, having a good relationship with your teaching assistant is vital if you want to gain their respect and work well together as a team to achieve what needs to be done. With teachers under so much pressure, a TA can be there to take some of the load off them and may be able to spend time one on one with a child who needs a little extra attention. They can also be a teacher’s second pair... Read More »

Creating projects for children to do at home

As a teacher, it is a good idea to try and get parents involved in their child’s learning. One way you can do this is by sending work or projects home to be completed. It is important to think about this carefully and take time planning to ensure that children have the ability to complete the project without it causing a financial strain on the parents. Also ensuring that the project is not going to take too much time to complete and allowing the child enough time to actually enable them to bring it back into school. Think about the... Read More »