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Calling all science teachers

 Teaching can be a very rewarding job and the pay can be quite good. The satisfaction you can get from the job does often attract new applicants but the stress that comes with a job can also cause many teachers to quit within their first year or put some teachers off before they have even qualified.

You will usually have had to completed a degree (which takes about 3 years) and then do a further year PGCE, to get your teaching qualification. For primary teaching some ITT providers prefer you to have a degree in a national curriculum subject. If you don’t, you should talk directly to the training provider to see if they will accept your degree.

Recent studies show that schools are struggling for teachers that cover the science subjects and that this is having a knock on effect on some pupils. 

Recent research shows that of 1,200 science teachers surveyed, 61% had considered quitting the profession. Often this was due to too much paperwork and unrealistic expectations placed on them. This can lead to extreme amenity and stress. Over fifty thousand teachers left the profession last year, with pupil numbers rising something needs to change in order to cover this shortfall.

Opportunities for those that want to teach

Teaching is a very rewarding job but it is by no means easy. If you want to be a teacher then you need to be willing to put the hours in studying and once you have qualified, the hard work doesn’t stop there.

There is so much demand for teachers that if you work hard and prove yourself you can very quickly move up the ladder taking on extra responsibilities such as becoming head of year, or coordinator of a specific topic etc. With the population increasing there is more demand than ever for schools which in turn means a higher demand for teachers. Teaching has changed quite a bit over the last few decades and some teachers have found these changes too stressful and feel that the job is not what it uses to be. Schools are put under a lot of pressure to ensure their students perform well and with Ofsted inspections becoming even tighter, teachers need to be at the top of their game.

There are huge incentives to attract new people into teaching for example you could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Studying certain subjects also allows you to get more funding.

How to use your TA effectively

A TA (teaching assistant) can be a massive help to a teacher in a classroom. As a teacher you may have a teaching assistant with you all the time or you may only have one for a limited number of days or hours per day. If the teaching assistant is higher level, they may be able to teach the class and cover if you are absent but this has not shown to have positive effects on pupils learning. A Ta should be used to aid the teacher not replace them and using a TA to work with low ability children also has not proven to be beneficial.

Ideally you will want to have time with your TA out of teaching time to discuss and plan future work. You need to ensure that your TA understands exactly what you need and expect of them and where the boundaries are.

You may want to use your TA to deliver one to one support or in a small group as long as this is overseen by yourself. Make sure that the TA has strict guidelines to follow and that you discuss with them the progress of the students on a regular basis.  

The TA can be useful when it comes to having a second opinion. They may be able to share their views how they would carry out a certain lesson which could prove beneficial.  

Time management advice for teachers

Teachers often complain of limited time and having far too much work to fit in their normal working day. For this reason almost all teachers have to work evenings and/or weekends to try and catch up. Time management is very important to ensure that you spend as little of your free time working, as possible. It is important to not only manage your time in your job, but also making sure that you have spare time for yourself, to do something you enjoy. Not allowing yourself time away from teaching, planning or marking can lead to stress and anxiety and can have an impact on your career but also your home life.

All teachers are now given something called PPA time which is supposed to be time in the classroom without the children, where they can mark or plan work. This can help to give teachers a head start but it is often not enough time to complete all of your work and you may find that it gets eaten up by other things such as meeting with parents or planning assemblies.

Try and plan days which you will work in the evening and days you will have off and do something with your friends or family.

Sharing tips with other teachers

Teaching can be a very rewarding job but also it can be extremely stressful at times and this is why some teachers leave the profession after less than a year in the job. Planning lessons and homework can often be one of the many elements that contribute to stress in teaching. If you have a new subject or topic to teach, you may want advice or tips on how to cover the topic successfully. Other teachers often have great ideas and can offer you copies of their lesson plans or worksheets that they used when teaching a similar lesson. Although it is not a good idea to constantly use someone else’s planning, you can use this information to base your lesson plan on.
There are even teaching forums that you can sign up to which allows you to share ideas and notes / resources with other teachers to reduce the work load. These forums are not only a good way to share information but they can be a great network for support. You should never talk about an individual pupil or divulge sensitive information but you can ask generally questions on how you can deal with a certain behaviour etc.

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