teachers enjoying the first few weeks of the summer holiday, school is often
not far from their mind. This is the time when a lot of teachers start to plan
what they will be doing when they go back to school and think about how they
are going to organise their classroom.
If you are going into a new classroom or teaching a new year group then you may need to make more changes that usual to the room layout and displays. Leaving all this until the last minute can cause you to panic and run out of time. If you can, try and split your work load up in to one or two days a week so that you still have plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself.
the year feeling like you are prepared can really help you get back in to the
swing of things and allow you to get a good head start. Preparation is key and
if you are struggling then make sure you sort out any issues you have well in
advance of starting back in September. Seating plans can help to get the new
class settled quickly even if you need to change it later on down the line.
is nearly out for summer it can be quite emotional for teachers to say goodbye
to their existing class and often most teachers like to get a small gift for
the children, this can however work out pretty expensive with around 30
children to each class.
Usually, the best gift ideas aren’t those that cost a lot but more ones that have some thought behind them.
for example, give the children a symbolic gift with a nice poem or message. For
example some seeds to plant in a pretty pot with a poem about growing.
teachers opt for something little like sweets however this can cause trouble
for some children with dietary issues so would need to be considered.
A nice touch
might be to present each child with a nice photo of you and them together with
a hand written card, something that they can keep that shares a memory or
moment from their year with you.
Whatever you choose to do Its sure to send them off for their holidays with a smile on their face and lovely memories of their year at school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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
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