Starting your career as a teaching assistant

  • September 16th, 2021
  • 2 Minute Read

Do you fancy a career in education but not sure where to start? Then a teaching assistant role may be for you. Not only are you moving away from a 9 to 5 job but you’ll be making a difference to pupils lives. If you think this could be for you, then keep reading to […]

Focussing on your wellbeing for a new academic year

  • September 9th, 2021
  • 2 Minute Read

The beginning of a new school year can be a busy and stressful time for teachers and support staff, to better support your mental health and help you focus on your wellbeing for a new academic year we’ve devised 10 top tips to help you manage being back at school and prioritising your wellbeing. Reconnect […]

30-hours free childcare scheme described as ‘chaos’

  • September 1st, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

With the Government’s new childcare scheme coming into force in England today, a third of nurseries fear closing due to the increase in financial pressures. The new scheme allows three and four year olds to be offered 30 free hours of childcare a week, an increase of double from the previous 15 hours. Although local […]

Schools in England could face £3 billion in cuts

  • June 7th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

Headteachers have warned Theresa May’s pay cuts will force them to cut staff, sports teams and clubs. Headteachers across one council area have written to the Prime Minister inviting her to visit their schools and witness first-hand the damage the cuts will make to their students and the school. The letter written to Mrs May […]

Theresa May calls for ‘shared society’ to tackle mental health stigma

  • January 10th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to help end mental health stigma, with a focus on children and young people. Mrs May said she wanted to make sure that ‘children and teenagers get the help and support they need and deserve’ as part of her vision for her ‘shared society’. Figures show that more than half […]

Marking parents on their efforts

  • December 21st, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

Ofsted recently commended a primary school in Newthorpe which grades parents on their efforts to support their child. This could be through helping with homework, attending meetings and watching plays for instance. The school have been doing so since 2011 and Ofsted Chief Inspector, Michael Wilshaw, said it was ‘making a huge difference.’ Students whose […]

Should parents make a yearly donation towards their child’s education?

  • December 21st, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

With schools expecting further funding cuts, a former government advisor has suggested that parents be asked to make a contribution. Sir Andrew Carter proposed that schools ask for £500 per year to support their child’s education. He would use the extra funding himself to reduce class sizes, improving the teacher-student ratio; reducing teachers’ workload and […]

Could 10,000 free private school places be offered for low-income pupils?

  • December 20th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

Up to 10,000 free private school places could be offered to low-income families in England. The Independent Schools Council (ISC), which represents 1,200 private schools, says it can provide the 10,000 places if the government pays £5,550 for each pupils – the figure the state system allocates for each child. The scheme would test some […]

How is being an REC member beneficial to schools?

  • November 14th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

We’ve been an accredited corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for almost 10 years now. Our REC Gold Standard means that we adhere to the highest possible standards in compliance. At Athona, we believe we are ‘Affecting Futures’ and this includes the safety of children and young people in the classroom. This […]

Should Ofsted grading be scrapped?

  • November 3rd, 2016
  • 2 Minute Read

The dreaded ‘O’ word can make even the most experienced teachers take a sharp intake of breath. The watchdog ensures schools and childcare providers are held accountable for standards in education. The very idea of Ofsted grades however, has been hotly contested over the years and the profession is now looking to Ofsted Chief, Sir […]

Can teachers reduce their marking workload?

  • October 27th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

In a move to tackle teacher workload, Schools Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, has suggested that teachers spend too much time marking and ‘work should be marked with a single grade.’ Many schools use a ‘deep marking’ or triple marking approach to display a ‘conversation’ between teacher and student. This involves teachers providing individual feedback; a […]

Get ready for Classroom Riddles

  • October 21st, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

A riddle is a question or statement that describes something without actually naming what it is, leaving your students to guess. Using riddles in the classroom is a fun way to get students’ making discoveries about language. Most words in the English language are ambiguous and students need to understand that words and sentences can […]