The reasons phonics screening tests don’t work

The reasons phonics screening tests don’t work

Over the next two weeks every year one pupil in England will sit the national phonics screening tests. During this period schools will label so called “non-words” as alien words or perhaps monster or nonsense words. Every school in england is required to teach reading through a phonics method and these tests are designed to ensure that the correct teaching is happening.

How will extra funding for schools be spent by the conservatives?

How will extra funding for schools be spent by the conservatives?

Potential new leaders of the Conservative party have all stated they will allocate significant extra funding for schools. The extra funding promised is a minimum of £5,000 per pupil from Boris Johnson, and extra £1 billion pledged from Michael Gove with Matt Hancock outstripping both by pledging an extra £3 billion.

Has child centred learning led to greater behavioural challenges in classrooms?

Has child centred learning led to greater behavioural challenges in classrooms?

A government school behaviour expert has stated that progressive student centred teaching has had a negative impact on classroom behaviour because teachers are failing to adress low level disruption in the classroom. Tom Bennet said that progressive teaching methods which were first popular in the 60’s and 70’s made the assumption that if lessons were well planned and engaging that students would simply behave.

Why is there such a high number of teachers leaving the profession in their 30’s?

Why is there such a high number of teachers leaving the profession in their 30’s?

It is far more rare these days to find a classroom teacher with grey hair, and it is not because people have stopped ageing or are under less pressure in the job. Could it be because the UK education system is such that when teachers reach their 30’s they are no longer incentivised to stay in the classroom?

“Revision year” proposed as a means to increase GCSE Maths grades

“Revision year” proposed as a means to increase GCSE Maths grades

The new initiative would be very much student centred with them encouraged to take responsibilityfor their qualification. Attainment measures including key stage 2 data and GCSE grades will be collated and evaluated in comparison with resit outcomes.

Under a Labour government Corbyn says that Sats and Reception tests would go

Under a Labour government Corbyn says that Sats and Reception tests would go

Jeremy Corbyn has today pledged that Labour would no longer hold sats and reception baseline tests for pupils. This statement was issued in light of recent events at the NEU teaching union’s yearly conference where delegates voted to hold a national boycott of next years Sats.

Huge mental health crisis among students say teachers

Huge mental health crisis among students say teachers

After recent research by the NEU teaching union shocking results have emerged that 83% of teaching staff reveal that they have seen a dramatic rise in student mental health problems. It emerged that out of almost 10,000 members surveyed that 4 in 5 teachers reported that they had seen a rise in student mental health issues over the last 2 years with one even stating that 9 year olds are […]

Over 125 UK Academy Trusts are paying salaries of £150,000 plus!

Over 125 UK Academy Trusts are paying salaries of £150,000 plus!

It has been revealed by the Department for Education that for the academic year 2016-2017 that over 125 UK Academy trusts paid a minumum of one salary that was over £150,000 a year.

I knew that I would not be returning to the classroom after lunch time

I knew that I would not be returning to the classroom after lunch time

Working as a supply teacher has various challenges and demands and once you have done it for a while you can spot things in a school that will indicate to you exactly what type of school you are working in. Many people consider behaviour to be the biggest challenge when working in different schools on a short term or even daily basis.

Senior leaders turning to alcohol to deal with the stress of the job

Senior leaders turning to alcohol to deal with the stress of the job

A new study has revealed that there has been an increase in the percentage of headteachers and senior leaders who are stressed and are showing indications of suffering from depression. The research also highlights the growing number that are turning to alcohol as a means of dealing with the situation.