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Getting your classroom ready for the new year

With many 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.

Starting off 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.

Ideas for end of year gifts for your class

When school 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.

You could, 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.

Most 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.

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.  

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