Educational Trends

The Most Common Educational Trends

It’s fair to say that education is in a constant state of flux. All governments make promises about making changes, then make more changes when they realise things aren’t quite going to plan, and the cycle continues like this for evermore. It’s also fair to say that if these sweeping changes and trends had a positive impact, we would all welcome them with open arms. But are they successful? Let’s take a look at the most common educational trends and look a little closer at their effectiveness.

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What Age Should Children Start Sitting Exams?

Exams are a source of constant debate among educators, policymakers, and parents. Recently, ministers revealed plans to introduce testing for 4-year-olds in England. The baseline assessments have been widely criticised, but how do you feel about the proposed move? When is the best time to start exams, and is there a right answer to this question?

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How Much Homework Is Too Much?

If you’re a parent, you probably have an opinion when it comes to your child’s homework. Do you feel that they have too much work to do or has the amount of work children bring home decreased over the course of time? How much homework is too much, and is there ever a way of answering this question that satisfies every parent and educator?

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secure an interview

How to find the right school, the right job, and secure an interview

Ever get the feeling that the grass is greener at another school? It’s a thought that will have gone through the mind of almost every teacher. However, not everyone acts on this impulse.

But if you are serious about leaving your current position in search of something better, it helps to have a clear idea of what you want, especially in terms of culture and career prospects.

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become a teacher

Five ways in which you can become a teacher

So, you want to become a teacher? This enjoyable and rewarding profession is one that could set you up for life, with plenty of progression and promotion along the way.

But what is required of you in terms of education, experience, and qualifications? Thankfully, there are more ways to become a teacher than ever before…

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AI Robots in Class

Does AI pose a threat to teachers?

Teaching in the 21st century has been heavily dominated by technology. From digital eLearning tools to student created media, the classroom experience is benefitting from the latest and greatest trends in a number of ways.

But does artificial intelligence (AI) pose a threat to teachers? It’s already having an increasing influence in daily life with smartphone personal assistants and self-driving cars. So, whose to say it won’t be commonplace in schools and colleges in the years to come?

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autistic students

Tips for supporting autistic students

According to the National Autistic Society (NAS), around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. This means that along with their families, nearly three million people are affected by autism in daily life.

But while some young people with autism need a highly-specialised education, others can follow a more mainstream path and attend school alongside every other pupil.

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Preparing pupils for the next school year

Preparing pupils for the next school year

It goes without saying that preparation is key to being a great teacher. With lesson plans and homework schedules in place, you can rest easy that students will benefit from an enjoyable and effective learning experience throughout the year.

But is it also your responsibility to prepare pupils for the next stage of school life? Their main priority will probably be the summer holidays and escaping the classroom for half a dozen glorious weeks.

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Different Learning Abilities

Tips for teaching children with different learning abilities

From learning style and language aptitude to age, intelligence, and maturity, nearly every single classroom will be made up of students with different abilities and approaches. It is up to the teacher to recognise these distinctive characteristics and come up with lesson plans that speak to everyone.

But as you’re no doubt already aware, this is easier said than done. It’s hard enough to maintain attention and interest across the classroom, let alone tailor your teaching according to how each pupil prefers to learn.

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