How to keep your teachers motivated

We all know that children feel the pressures to perform well, but often it is the stress that the teachers are under that can be the biggest concern for headteachers. They have so much to do, marking, planning and monitoring the children, that it is important to make sure someone is looking out for them. It could be a sit down chat or a means of escape but you must make sure that they know you are there to support them no matter how small an issue. Having a good relationship with your staff is … [Read more...]

Coping with a new start

Whether it’s starting a new school, or just a new year there will be new challenges to face and new things to learn. This can be a daunting and sometimes scary experience for children, but we need to make sure they know that there are a lot of people there to help them. And also a lot more people in the same position as them. From a teacher’s point of view there are a range of things you can do to help your class to achieve their best and reach the goal you set for them. Firstly make sure you … [Read more...]

How to prepare for the new school term

September is here, which means it’s time to get the lesson plans ready, and start your preparations for the kids to return for another year of learning. It can be hard to get back into the swing of things after a long 6 weeks off. Your routines must change and the social life must once again be put on hold, so we have put together a few tips on how to get yourself ready for the new school year. And how to make sure you are out of holiday mode in time for the start of term. The most important … [Read more...]

Summer holiday activities for all ages

With the summer holidays in full swing, are you struggling to find things to do with the kids? It sometimes feels like a long six weeks to try and keep them entertained and as they get older it can become even more difficult.  The things they enjoyed last year just aren’t cutting it. And of course there is always the uncertainty of the great British weather. But come rain or shine we have put together a few ideas of activities and days out for kids of all ages. And some that everyone can … [Read more...]

10 things to do in the summer holidays on a budget

So end of term is upon us and you’re trying to find things to do in the summer holidays to keep the kids entertained. It can be difficult to think of new and exciting activities that will ensure children make the most of their 6 weeks off. We have put together a list of things that might help you fill the time, no matter what the great British summer brings. 1. Days out - if the sunshine we have been promised does arrive then make the most of it by taking the kids outdoors and enjoy some fun … [Read more...]

Writing assessments in the new curriculum

In September last year the new curriculum was brought in, and with it came new expectations and freedom for teachers. Whilst it set high targets for how teachers should be teaching, it also gave them more flexibility about how they would teach their children the required subjects. And the same goes for the grades. There are high standards expected when it comes to examination results, but how pupils are assessed is down to the individual schools. This not only gives teachers and schools the … [Read more...]

20 things they did not tell you when becoming a teacher

You spend 18 years in education including a minimum of four years in a degree, but there will still be things that you wish you had been told before you became a teacher. Not because it would have changed your mind, but so you were prepared for situations that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with the day-to-day life of being a teacher. Obviously there will be different challenges depending on which age group you teach, as well as where you are situated, but we have put together a list of the … [Read more...]

The positive impact of ‘I can’ statements

We all need that little extra encouragement sometimes, and for children it can mean they gain the confidence they need to achieve their potential. An ‘I can’ statement is something which can help the child to know that they are doing well and give them that boost they need. ‘I can’ statements are often used to create a child friendly curriculum and encourage pupils in a variety of ways. It could simply be a comment in their work books, or part of an exercise to boost confidence, but positive … [Read more...]

Half term hangover? Tips for dealing with teacher stress

So half-term is over, the kids are back, and you have one final push to get to the end of the year. It may seem like the next six weeks will be the longest yet, but if you ensure that you keep calm and don’t let the pressure get to you, the summer will be here before you know it. Being a teacher can be a very stressful job, with books to mark, targets to reach, and grades to achieve, but that doesn’t mean that you should let that all get to you. Some studies show that there are two ways to deal … [Read more...]

The impact of class sizes on teaching standards

Class sizes in primary schools is something that has been a hot topic for over seventy years, and one that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast. Many feel that larger classes mean lower standards in teaching and that this will have a negative effect on children’s learning, whilst others don’t see it as a problem at all. Even back in 1944 there were limits imposed on schools as to how many pupils were allowed in each class, when the Education Act stated that primary classes be no bigger than … [Read more...]