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Monthly Archives: April 2015


Pay increases proposed by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) fall below what is needed and “arbitrarily discriminates” against headteachers. This is according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which states that the recommendations will do little to tackle the current recruiment crisis in the profession. The STRB published its suggestions back… Read More

April 29, 2015


Most people, in and outside of education, agree that teachers, for the most part, should be and are great models for all learners. This is especially true for teachers imparting their knowledge to children and young people, who are, by virtue of their age, perhaps at their most impressionable and susceptible. Given that apart from… Read More

April 29, 2015


Going above what is mandatory in the classroom is important for many reasons. It makes teaching more engaging for professionals and lessons more interesting for students. In turn, pupils are not only more inspired but they also tend to perform better. However, creativity is misunderstood, poorly invested and often overlooked when it comes to teaching…. Read More

April 27, 2015


Schools leaders are unsure about which of the main political parties is best able to deliver meaningful change and improvement to the education system, according to a new survey. The Key for School Leaders State of Education report revealed that six out of ten headteachers were of this opinion, with the overwhelming majority (77.2 per… Read More

April 24, 2015


There is every potential for GCSEs to be phased out over the next ten years, the shadow education secretary has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Tristram Hunt said a Labour government would look at replacing these qualifications with a single baccalaureate. This he explained would bring together academic and technical education, which have… Read More

April 23, 2015


Teaching is one of the most stressful vocations in the country, with high numbers of professionals admitting to feeling the heavy weight of their vocation on a daily basis or at least at some point in their career. It’s a huge problem and one that is endemic in teaching. Seemingly, this has always been the… Read More

April 22, 2015


The challenges of being a teacher are so well-documented that it is any wonder we have teachers. The workload is so severe that it leaves professionals feeling dispirited, stressed and broken. There is also a sense of feeling undervalued, as if their role in schools is purely functional. And, well, there is never a sense of… Read More

April 21, 2015


Headteachers say they are struggling to recruit professionals to teach core subjects likes English, maths and science. This is according to a new survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which noted that 44 per cent of school leaders have vacancies in English posts, 52 per cent in maths and 50 per… Read More

April 20, 2015


Before you even embark on your teacher training, you need to demonstrate that you have a strong grasp of numeracy and literacy by sitting tests. The Department for Education explains that these professional tests – as they are known – are essential in ensuring aspiring teachers have the core skills needed to “fulfil their professional… Read More

April 16, 2015


The OCR exam board has submitted draft specifications to modernise French, German and Spanish GCSEs. It explains that this revamp will help to make languages more appealing to pupils. Three key changes have been proposed. This includes making content more contemporary; making vocabulary learning “more fun”; and bringing back the teaching of grammar as “components… Read More

April 16, 2015