are taking examinations at the end of your secondary education or at a higher
level you will have been encouraged to revise the curriculum you have been
studying to further your chances of getting good grades but it is difficult to
know where to begin and what strategies are most effective.
teachers and tutors will be able to guide you on the essential knowledge that
you will need to have and also on frequently asked questions that may be posed
but this should only be considered as a guide as they will not have prior
approach is to write down the key points of the area you are studying as a
reminder. This will usually be enough to enable you to recall the detail if
needed. Mnemonics are useful to help remember important phrases or lists and
have been used throughout education as an effective learning tool. Some
students find that sticky notes placed around the house can be a good strategy
when it comes to recalling facts as it almost becomes a subliminal way of
another person can be a helpful way to revise especially if you are both
sitting the same exams as you can test each other on facts whilst also revising
If you are
returning to work after maternity leave or simply wish to reduce the hours you
are working, you may be considering taking on a job share. This is often an
excellent way to address the work life balance that many teachers find
challenging and can even benefit the pupils in school.
question to ask is how the job is going to be divided up. Is it going to be a fifty-fifty
split or is one employee going to do more than another? Obviously, this will
result in a difference in pay too and will be directly proportional to the
hours or days worked.
consideration is curriculum subject responsibility. Some job shares work best
when a teacher’s strengths are utilised so that, for example a teacher who
enjoys and is good at art leads that subject and a teacher whose strengths lie
in technology takes responsibility for computer studies. This strategy is going
to be of benefit to the pupils in the class as they are getting twice the
expertise than they would normally.
some curriculum subjects that both teachers will need to teacher however the
burden of planning and marking can be shared making these time-consuming tasks
many different types of primary schools ranging from the large inner-city
school with hundreds of pupils to a small rural school with possibly only
thirty pupils on roll. Which ever sort of school you find yourself in, one
thing is certain the pupils in that school will have to face sitting exams. It
may be internal exams, or those compulsory exams instigated by the authorities.
In a small
school setting, there may only be a small number of children sitting the exams
and therefore the rest of the class need to be accommodated and catered for. As
staffing is sometimes an issue this needs careful planning in advance of the
with parents beforehand even though there may only be two or three sets of
parents is essential to answer any questions and allay any fears they may have
concerning the administration of the exams and give them ideas on how their
children can be better prepared.
having to sit compulsory exams of any sort can be very stressful for pupils in
any school, in a small primary school setting the children may have more
opportunity to discuss their concerns and fears thus minimising their stress.
Are you fed
up in your current job? Maybe you have been in the same position for years and
fancy a change or maybe you have tried something new and realised its not for
you, there are so many job options out there it seems silly to stay doing something
that you don’t enjoy.
If you have
decided that you fancy a new challenge next year then why not consider
teaching. Although no one can tell you teaching is an easy job or extremely
well paid, but it is very rewarding and there are some perks. If you have
children that are of school age then you may find that it is nice to know that
during the school holidays you will be able to spend time with them as you will
most likely have time off too.
need to have obtained a teaching degree at university to allow you to teach but
if you have done any degree you can then add a PGCE course on to the end which
takes about 12 months to complete and then allows you to teach.
If you want
to teach in a secondary school then you will need to have a degree in the
subject or very close to the subject you wish to teach.
school teaching requires a less in-depth but more general knowledge across
multiple subjects as you will be teaching a range of lessons based on English,
Maths, Science, RE and PE for example.
There are several
ways in which you can start searching for a job that may be suited to your
skill set, qualifications and commitment.
decide to go to the job centre and either speak to an advisor or many now have
online computer systems you can use to find jobs that match your skill /
experience level. This can be particularly handy if you are not exactly sure as
to what you want to do or the opportunities open to you.
place you may want to look is on online jobs boards. There are quick and easy
to use and allow you to search through hundreds of jobs at a time. You can usually
filter the jobs that come up by job type, location or salary and some allow you
to refine this more by selecting qualifications you have.
A CV is a
very important tool when applying for jobs. This document can mean the
difference between asked in for an interview and turned away at the first
stage. It is vital that your CV is up to date with all of your education / qualifications
as well as any working experience you may have. If you have an up to date CV to
hand you can quickly apply for jobs even if the deadline for applications is
closing soon. You should always tweak your cover letter for each company that
you are sending the CV to as the covering letter should be quite specific to
the job you are applying for whereas your CV is likely to be more generic.