It has been a difficult time for
everyone over the last year not least the thousands of teachers in the UK who
have been called upon to adapt their teaching methods and resources time and
time again. From keeping in touch with children during lockdown to at the
present time providing distance learning alongside classroom teaching it has
proved a challenge for even the most talented and experienced teachers.
Once schools reopened for all
pupils in September teachers found themselves taking on the role of cleaner,
lunchtime supervisor and computer expert along with their normal heavy
workload. Many teachers have as little as half an hour away from their bubble
of children during the day and are prevented from socialising in school with
colleagues. But, as usual, teachers have risen to the challenge and are working
hard to keep children in their care safe and happy.
The teachers of younger children
are having to adapt their teaching methods from a child centred curriculum to
one that is more table-based which has been tough as research has shown that
young children learn best through play but teachers have become very creative
in the way they are delivering the curriculum and continue to adapt as
With the majority of children
going back to school this week or next, many teachers are trying to ensure that
the children feel happy to be back and can settle back in to a good routine.
Many children have been off school for almost 6 months and so it may take a bit
of time before things can settle down again. School is not like it used to be
prior to the Corona Virus, so although much of the routine has been reintroduced,
still many activities and they way the day is set out has changed.
It is a known fact that children
learn better when a subject is taught in a fun and exciting way. Often adults
remember one or two specific lessons from their time at school that were
As a teacher you will have a hard
job this year. There is a fair bit of work to catch up on. It is important to
not get too overly worried about the amount of work to get through and instead
focus on ensuring that the children are happy and able to adapt back to school
If you are struggling for ideas on
how to make lessons fun but also Covid safe, then the internet can be a great
source, full of educational websites and forums where other professionals share
their ideas and previous success stories.
students are anxiously awaiting their GCSE or A Level results this month. This year
has been like no other and students all over the country have missed out on
taking their exams due to lock down. This means that teachers and lecturers
have had to grade pupils based on the work they have done so far. For many students
who struggle in exam situations this news has been very welcomed, but for
others who maybe didn’t have the best start to the year, they may find
themselves missing out.
six months may have been very difficult for some students, especially if they
find working from home hard or don’t have a great home life. They may of struggled
to get all the coursework done that they needed to and may of found it hard to
manage their time effectively. There will be a lot of catching up required when
students do return but for those who were in their final year, its now straight
into the real world of job hunting.
the students obtain may be needed to help them progress into further education or
possibly into an apprenticeship or fulltime job. Universities have set grades
that they expect students to achieve to be allowed on to a course and if these
are not met this month, then the students will have to go through what is known
into education can see like a backstep for some, but often you must go back to
be able to go forward. Investing the time to go back in to education can open
up a whole new world to you and allow you to go in to careers that were simply
not available to you before. When it
comes to working or further education after school, you often have a number of
options open to you. The government now states that any child reaching the age
of 16 must stay in full-time education, for example at a college, start an
apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or
volunteering, while in part-time education or training. This is until they
reach the age of 18.
If this law
was not in play when you left school, you may have chosen to not to stay on at
school and complete GCSE’s or do A-levels. This may mean that you do not have
the qualifications to go straight into a degree. Often if you can do a simple one year access
course at college which will get you back in to learning and give you an idea
of what adult learning is like. you may decide that a college setting is more
for you so you chose to enrol in one of those.
With many students looking like they may finish their school
year early this year, there is already a number of people looking for work. The
main issue that school leavers are going to face is that there is likely to be
a lot more competition for jobs as lots of people have found themselves out for
work due to the lockdown situation.
As an employer, when you look to recruit a new member of staff you will need to
think carefully about what skills and experience they need to have if any. If
the job requires little skill and experience then you may decide to employ a
Some employers are reluctant to employ school leavers, thinking that they may
be unreliable and require too much time and resources to train them up as they
are not used to the work environment, but this is often far from the case. Many
young people who leave school to work want to find themselves a career and are
often willing to go above and beyond to prove themselves. You can also then
train them up in the way that you want them to work rather than have to try and
retain someone that is sued to working a different way for another company.