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.
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.
When you are
working as a supply teacher either for a school that you are familiar with or
through an agency it is not always clear what your responsibilities are beyond
the obvious ones of teaching the class and making sure that safeguarding
guidelines are followed to the letter. Some schools have a clear policy on what
they expect of a supply teacher but many haven’t so if you want to be offered
work on a regular basis it is important that you create the right impression
and fulfil the duties expected of you in a particular school.
teachers whose classes you cover will leave work for the children to do and
expect this to be carried out as their guidance. This is especially the case
with older children who often have a fixed curriculum to cover in a given
timeframe. If this is the case it is important to carry out the teacher’s
instructions as fully as possible. A brief note to the teacher outlining how
the day went is a valuable way to communicate but should focus on the positive
aspects if possible.
a supply teacher is needed to cover for an unexpected absence no work has been
allocated so it is a good idea to have lessons up your sleeve that can be
adapted to the age group you are teaching. Always mark any work that either you
or the teacher has set, checking with the school marking policy or a senior
member of staff if in doubt as to the level of marking required.
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.