5 reasons to teach in the UK

A recent tender published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has revealed how the Government is planning to spend £10 million on hiring 600 foreign teachers.

In what is one of the biggest ever overseas recruitment campaigns, the Department for Education is seeking to address an “acute” shortage of teachers in Maths, Physics, and Modern Languages.

But why should foreign teachers consider pursuing their careers in the UK? And what benefits does the country’s education system afford?

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How To Teach Large Classes

According to a recent report by the BBC, the number of secondary school children in England being taught in classes of 36 or more pupils has trebled in the last five years. This is despite the fact, a Department for Education spokesperson said, school class sizes had remained stable since 2006.

“It’s difficult to learn because there’s so many people around you, so you’re not focusing as much on the lesson” said thirteen-year-old Silas Ennis. “Everyone in the class agrees that there’s too many people in the classroom.”

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Dyslexia in students

Tips for supporting dyslexic students

According to Dyslexia Action, an estimated one in ten of the population have dyslexia, which equates to more than 6.3 million people in the UK. But despite such a high number, many teachers feel ill equipped to teach students with dyslexia.

In fact, 74 per cent of teachers do not feel satisfied that their initial teacher training provided them with the skills they need to identify and teach children with dyslexia. This sentiment is echoed by parents too, with two thirds believing that dyslexia is not recognised across the system.

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Teaching Jobs in Schools

How to choose the right school when job hunting

As opposed to the vast majority of other job hunters, would-be teachers have got more factors to bear in mind when weighing up their options.

In addition to standard considerations like salary and location, you also have to think about the size of the school, its reputation, its culture, the behaviour of pupils and the personalities of staff. Therefore, striking the right balance isn’t easy and you may have to sacrifice one ideal for another.

However, here’s how you can make the most informed decision and find the right school to match to your requirements.

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The TES SEN Show

The TES SEN Show

Strategy Education are exhibiting at The TES SEN Show on Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th 2017, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The Show is celebrating 25 years this year – we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone – visit us at Stand 104, we would love to see you there!

Are you motivated?

10 simple teaching methods to motivate students

Even at the best of times, motivation can be an all too common problem for some students. In fact, most teachers would be lying if they said that every morning is met with equal levels of excitement and enthusiasm.

But inspiring your students to focus their efforts on the learning task at hand doesn’t always have to feel like an uphill struggle.

So, the next time a lack of motivation threatens to bring your classroom to a grinding halt, here are 10 simple teaching methods that could push and propel students onto great things. In turn, your job will undoubtedly become a lot easier too.

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Excellent Teacher

7 Practices of an Excellent Teacher

Over the past 30 years, the world of education has changed in many ways and continues to move with the times. An increasing reliance on technology coupled with the sheer amount of information and resources available to a 21st century teacher is enough to overwhelm even the most proficient professional.

However, there are several long-established standards that still ring true to this day. For example, the 1987 publication Seven Principles For Good Practice in Undergraduate Educationby Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson remains incredibly pertinent and prevalent.

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Pupil Behaviour

5 Tips to Boost Behaviour

Earlier this year, Tom Bennett’s independent review on behaviour in schools was published, which looked at leadership and culture as well as strategies to prevent classroom disruption and maintain good discipline. However, one of the most interesting aspects of the review was the inclusion of Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist, which calls for proactive, positive planning.

“Too often school leaders and teachers don’t think about behaviour when it’s good. They only think about it when it’s bad, which is counter-intuitive,” noted Taylor. “Planning for each individual child is vital especially when setting behaviour goals. Teachers just react to the child’s misbehaviour rather than having planned strategies in place.”

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5 Strategies To Be Exam Ready

When it comes to revising for this summer’s exam season, how many of your students will be using the smell of rosemary to enhance their memories? It might sound odd, but a new study has revealed that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5-7 per cent better results in memory tests.

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