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Syncing your teaching style with the school

Each teacher has their own style and a way in which they like to teach. This may have worked for years but if you change schools or have a new head teacher or head of year start then you may be required to change your teaching style to some extent.

All schools have set rules that they need to follow that are set out by the department of education and they also will have in house rules that are set by the county or that specific school. It is important to find these out before you start so you can insure that you are teaching in the correct way for that school and you are advising pupils in the right way.

If you believe that something could be changed to improve a process at school, then be sure to speak to the head of year or head teacher and express your views to see if they agree before you go ahead with any changes.

You can still put your own personality in to teaching even if the school has strict guidelines that need to be adhered to.



Single gender education

Single gender private schools have been around for many years however more recently public schools have also opted for this form of education.

There is much debate over the pros and cons of single sex education with promoters stating that it allows teachers to specifically target the typical learning styles of either boys or girls as they can be very different. Even down to the temperature of the classroom, studies show that girls learn more effectively in a warm classroom where as boys tend to do better in cooler classrooms.

Some parents feel that in single gender classes their children are less likely to be distracted from their studies by the opposite sex especially in secondary schools.

People who are for mixed schools would argue that not all children fit into specific gender roles therefore adhering to one style of teaching would not be suitable for every member of a single sex class.

Also many parents believe that the social aspect of a mixed school environment it vitally important for general life education and should not be limited for the sake of single gender education.

Either way it’s an individual choice so each to their own!


Now the job hunting starts

With A levels  and GCSE’s finished for this year and results due to be released within the next few weeks, many students are finding themselves in a position where they need to look for a job vacancy if they have decided to leave education. With the new laws, GCSE students can no longer leave education unless they have a job or training program already lined up to go in to. A level students sometimes chose to take what’s known as a Gap year, allowing them to travel around a bit before they settle in to a career.

Many students simply want to look for work and start earning money as soon as possible. With so many people looking for jobs and job rates still recovering following the recession, many employers are finding themselves inundated with offers of employees and CV’s. This makes it all the more important to ensure that your CV and cover letter is written to a high standard, includes all the relevant information and contains no spelling mistakes / punctuation issues etc..

There are a number of places to search for a job vacancy such as The Job Centre, online jobs boards, social media websites, local newspapers and recruitment agencies.

Should teachers be looking out for mental health issues in children?

Some people may find the statistics shocking but one in ten children between the ages of 5-16 have mental health issues that could be diagnosed. With this in mind, surely it is essential that are teacher are trained to not only notice the signs of this but also to educate child about mental health the same as they do relationships and sex education.

Mental health still has a stigma attached to it and therefore many young people will not openly talk about it or will admit when they have a problem. If we started to educate children from a younger age, then maybe it would become a more acceptable condition within society.

Many people think that people with mental health issues are all dangerous, but this is often not the case. Even people with illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not proven to be dangerous in fact it is more the misuse of substances and alcohol that causes dangerous and violent behaviour.

Depression is one of the biggest mental health issues in the UK and still far too few people are aware of exactly what it is and how it can affect people in different ways. Often people with depression can be the types of people that we assume are always happy and would not be affected by illnesses such as this.

Looking for work in an office environment?

Office work is probably one of the most popular types of jobs, especially amongst school leavers as there is often a large amount of these types of roles available and some require little or no experience. This does not mean that these jobs are not rewarding and good jobs to have. Office jobs can vary widely depending on what industry they are in. If you chose to take on an office job that is based within a company that deals directly with the public, then you may find that much of your role is customer facing and managing being the go between with the customer and the business. If you chose to work for a company that sells to the trade, then your role may be more based around working on your own or closely with internal members of staff rather than with the public.

Working in an office is a great way to get a feel for a work place. You will often get to liaise with different departments and get to understand how the company works.

Often you have the opportunity to progress from an office role such as an office junior up to manager or co-ordinator quite quickly if you show willing and are reliable.



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