announcing that many of the primary schools will start to open there doors to
some pupils from the 1st of June, many teachers are wondering how
this is going to work. Schools are going to be expected to socially distance
children from each other as much as possible and the whole day is going to run
very differently. They will not be able to share equipment and work closely
with others like they used to and start and end times are likely to be
staggered. They will also do a lot of learning outside and may be split into
smaller classes to be taught. It is likely that not all parents will want their
children to go back to school when the schools first open so it is going to be difficult
for the teachers to know exactly how many children they are going to be
comes to planning it is going to require a lot more time to ensure that social
distancing is met but there is still a good educational value for the children.
Teachers will want to follow the guidelines but also ensure that children are
happy and learning.
With most of
the UK school children on lockdown, many parents and carers are having to turn
their hand to teaching. This is a huge as of people that have no teaching
experience and often struggle to get their children to sit still and concentrate
like they do at school.
When it comes
to maths or any lesson, it is important to try and make it fun. This will help
keep the children’s interest and also help them take in what is being taught
Maths is one
of those subjects that pupils either love or hate and this often comes down to
whether they are good at it or not. Maths is a very important subject to do and
is one of the main ones that you will use throughout your daily life.
students they simply find maths boring and therefore do not want to learn. When
teaching younger children, you can often make maths fun by making the tasks
more physical. So rather than being sat down working their way through a
written task, why not go outside and use hop scotch as a way of counting. This
not only gives the children a bit of excitement but will also help them to
remember what is being taught.
It can be
quite stressful when you have the call to go into a new school to cover a
teacher’s absence for some reason even if you are an experienced supply
teacher. When you are going into a familiar setting you usually know the other
staff and the normal daily routines such as assembly and break times however in
a new school everything is unfamiliar, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety.
planning is vital so that when you are offered work in a new school you can
confidently accept the work.
on the school website, a requirement of all schools, you can see the school
staff and make sure you know the names of the senior staff members and the
school administrator, often your first point of contact. The website might also
give you information about the daily routines and school rules making you feel
more prepared when you are standing in front of the class you are teaching. It
is useful to find out if you will have any additional support in the classroom
as teaching assistants are an invaluable help when navigating the routines.
They will also be able to help with classroom organisation such as seating
plans and will be able to make you aware of any children who will need extra
support in class.
last decade there has been some big changes in the education industry. In 2015
the law was changed to state that children were required to participation in
some form of education or training until the school year in which the child
their first job at a variety of ages. Some people chose to start work straight
after their GCSE’s, as soon as they are legally old enough to do so, whilst
others may not actually start looking for work until they have been to
university and possible even taken a gap year.
which career path to take must be decided based on your own personal circumstances
and career that you wish to go into. Some professions require you to have a
degree in which case you will have to do some sort of education whether it be
open university, traditional uni or on the job training. Other professions are
more flexible and will accept people who are self taught with some experience
if they show knowledge and willing. There is no set right or wrong time, everyone
is different and many will follow different routes. if you are looking for
teaching jobs then these are normally advertised in local papers, government /local
authority websites and specialist sites such as TES and you will need to have
done your PGCE to apply.
If you are a
teacher looking for work then not only do you need to find a school that is
within your geographical location that has an opening, but also one that suits
your teaching style.
have quite a lot of say over how they are run and therefore you might find that
the policies and procedures at one school differ quite drastically from
another. IF for example you are used to
working in schools in rural areas, then you may find that switching to work in
a school in an urban area is quite different.
to apply for a teaching job be sure to read all the recent Ofsted reports that
are available and have a good look through their website and recent news. You
should be able to find policies on the school’s website about their ethos and
what they expect from their pupils. This information should give you a good
overview of the setting, but it may be that you do not get a real feel for it
until you are invited in for an interview. At this stage you can ask any
questions you may have and take the opportunity to have a good look around the