Teaching

A day in the life of an online teacher

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Teaching as a whole has broadened, especially in recent years and online learning has opened up endless possibilities to help children reach their education potential. But, what does a day look like for an online teacher in comparison to a teacher in a mainstream school setting?

We thought it was a good idea to give you some insight into what teaching online is truly like from an online alternative provision perspective. Our maths teacher, Steph Lowes, sat down and discussed her day-to-day and the impact teaching online can truly have on transforming a child’s experience with education.

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5 benefits of online intervention

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Online intervention has several benefits that students can take advantage of. Being able to identify the specific needs of students is vital to empower them to be the best version of themselves.

Why do some students struggle to progress in a mainstream setting? Mental health challenges, absenteeism and low-level disruptive behaviour are just a few reasons why some students find it difficult.

So how could remote learning and online intervention be so beneficial to schools and students? Here are five benefits of online intervention that you can look to deploy within your establishment.

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5 Strategies for creating a safe and supportive online learning environment for LGBTQ+ students

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In the world of online learning, creating a safe and supportive environment is crucial for fostering inclusivity and promoting the success of all students.

Although safeguarding must be a core component of all online learning platforms, it’s essential to acknowledge the unique experiences and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ students in the virtual classroom. By implementing specific strategies, educators can ensure that their online learning spaces are respectful, understanding, and welcoming for everyone.

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Alternative Provision: the current landscape

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Alternative Provision (AP) is a type of education that is delivered to students outside of a traditional school setting. It plays a crucial role in the UK education system, providing support and tailored learning opportunities for students who may struggle to thrive in mainstream schools, who have been excluded from school, or who are unable to attend school for other reasons.

There are many benefits to Alternative Provision for both schools and learners. For schools, it can provide a cost-effective way to provide education to pupils who would otherwise be excluded from mainstream education. It can also help to reduce the number of pupils who are permanently excluded from school, which can have a negative impact on their future prospects.

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Why it is important to celebrate Pride Month in schools

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As we celebrate Pride Month in June, we take a closer look at the importance of embracing the movement within school environments and how teachers, school leaders and parents can actively support and advocate for equality and inclusivity.

In today’s diverse and evolving society, it is essential that schools work hard to create an inclusive environment for all students. By recognising and embracing the LGBTQ+ community within schools, it is possible to create an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and understanding, which will all have an excellent impact on the wellbeing and academic success of students.

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3 tips for NQTs when supporting students remotely

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Newly qualified teachers may be expected to be in the classroom continuously, however, remote learning has broadened the responsibilities of teachers. Here are some tips for NQTs.

Schools can close for a variety of reasons, such as teacher strikes, bad weather or unforeseen circumstances. NQTs need to be prepared for anything that can happen to ensure students are still supported effectively remotely. Here are three tips for NQTs when they have to support students remotely.

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3 reasons why online learning is useful when teachers strike

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As we enter a period of economic uncertainty, employee disputes become more common, and that includes the education sector. Teachers tend to strike as a last resort, but when they do, it impacts students at every level. The disruption to learning can be an issue, but online learning solutions can help students overcome the challenges. Here are three ways online learning can help during teacher strikes.

Maintaining continuity of learning

One of the key aspects of a teacher strike is that students don’t attend their classes, disrupting the education routine. Most students can adapt quickly to this temporary change, but some struggle, and over time it can lead to a loss of focus or even disinterest in the learning process.

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The future of virtual classrooms

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In the next ten years, significant shifts will be made to how we acquire knowledge. Recent developments in digital media, communication, and bandwidth have made it feasible to provide education at a much-reduced cost compared to more conventional methods. Students have access to a wide variety of materials on the internet, including text, audio, and video content, as well as interactive and collaborative tools. When polled, eighty-five per cent of today’s online students responded positively to whether or not they thought distance learning was on par with or even better than conventional classroom-based courses. The human connection is an essential component of classroom instruction that video-on-demand or virtual classroom courses do not have and severely miss.

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Teacher quitting increase – what can be done?

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The rate of teachers quitting within the first five years of starting has seen an increase. Why is this the case and can EdTech support them in the future?

According to research:

“Seven in 10 teachers considered leaving their job in the last 12 months.”

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