Teachers

Department for Education warns of insufficient high-quality teachers

High-quality teachers are in short supply, according to the Department for Education’s annual report.

An “insufficient number of high-quality teachers” is likely to result “in poor educational outcomes for pupils”, it believes.

The report says that although action is being taken, this issue remains a “high risk” to the Government’s objective that all children and young people will have access to high-quality education.

Access to high-quality education has been worsened during the coronavirus pandemic due to issues such as digital poverty. This blog post explains the findings of the report.

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Half of teachers are “drained and exhausted”

Half of teachers are “drained and exhausted” while 15% are “physically and mentally on the brink”, a TES survey revealed today.

The survey, carried out this week among teaching staff across the UK, found that just 10% were “completely fine” while only 1% said “I feel great”.

One school teacher said: “We’re in a climate where everyone is on edge and stressed out and worried the whole time. If I’m still in this job by Christmas, I’m going to be amazed. I’ve had enough.

This blog post takes a look at the latest in schools.

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Heads: schools will grind to halt unless covid testing improves

Headteachers have warned that education will “grind to a halt” unless covid testing improves.

Thousands of school leaders have written to the Government warning of “partial rolling closures” of schools and disruption to pupils’ catch up studies because of serious staff shortages.

The delays in covid testing are “severely hampering” schools, according to a network of over 5,000 heads. This blog post takes a look at the crisis in schools.

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Holiday cover

The advice from the Government’s coronavirus guidance is that “Supply teachers, peripatetic teachers and other temporary staff can move between schools. They should ensure they minimise contact and maintain as much distance as possible from other staff.”

Having cover for teachers away from the classroom is essential in the modern climate – and this could become one of the worst years for sick leave ever seen around the world.

How can ensure you have the necessary holiday cover while meeting specific guidelines. This blog post explains. 

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SEND/CAMHS support

Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) have faced lots of changes to their daily lives because of Covid-19.

Routines and regular support that they rely upon may be significantly different – and this presents challenges.

Parents and carers may be concerned throughout the pandemic how changes are affecting their child. It also presents some challenges on how parents and carers manage their own work and home life.

But platforms are available to support children with SEND to receive an education. This blog post takes a look at what is available and advice that you and your child can follow given the situation.

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Teachers safety when rotating and students remain inside a fixed classroom

The Government guidance on school reopening states: “The overarching principle to apply is reducing the number of contacts between children and staff. This can be achieved through keeping groups separate (in ‘bubbles’) and through maintaining the distance between individuals.”

The reason for this is to keep teachers and pupils safe by minimising the number of people they come into contact with.

This blog post explains teachers safety when rotating and students remain inside a fixed classroom.

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Allowing social distancing with students and staff

The Government has issued new guidance for schools allowing social distancing with students and staff.

Schools returned full-time from the start on the autumn term – under strict instruction from the Government for this not to be on a rota basis.

This blog post explains the new guidance for schools.

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How to plan a creative curriculum for your pupils

By installing a creative curriculum in your school you can get the most out of the imaginative minds of your pupils.

It may be defined by topics or themes, or greater involvement of pupils in deciding what they are going to learn.

These are the benefits of a creative curriculum and the steps you can take to build one.

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