An open letter to teachers

  • September 4th, 2017
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An open letter to teachers. You’re in for a tough ride; be smart. As back to school time looms, teachers everywhere will be dusting off their planners and stocking up on new stationary. Some will be thoroughly excited to get back to the classroom; some simply out of boredom – six weeks is a long […]

September classroom set up

  • August 28th, 2017
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We’ve all started the academic year with the best intentions to follow through with initiatives. But in the general buzz of everyday, they often get forgotten. Below are our easy, practical top tips to help you set up for the year. Staying organised Have a tray for each class as somewhere for spare handouts and […]

Children Facing Holiday Hunger

  • May 17th, 2017
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Last week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger reported on the ‘growing problem’ for young people going hungry in the school holidays. Up to three million children in the UK are said to be affected. Families find themselves under added pressure during the school holidays, with the loss of free school meals, additional childcare […]

New GCSEs causing confusion in schools. Do employers know what’s heading their way?

  • May 2nd, 2017
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Nearly a year ago, Athona reported the changes for the new 9-1 GCSEs was already underway in some schools, and as this year 11 cohort take their final steps towards their exams, the news has come to the forefront of the media. The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the reforms in 2012, in a […]

MPs warn teacher shortages are getting worse in key subjects

  • February 22nd, 2017
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MPs warn teacher shortages in key subjects, such as physics and maths are getting worse in schools in England. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan to address the struggle schools are facing to recruit enough teachers whilst facing rising pupil numbers. The MPs claim the Government has failed to deal with […]

UK schools trial body cameras for teachers

  • February 8th, 2017
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Two schools in the UK are trialling the use of body cameras in a bid to stop pupil disruption. The schools, which are currently unnamed to avoid unwanted interference during the trial, will film during incidents in the classroom to tackle ‘constantly low-level disruption’. Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies […]

Schools could face ‘devastating’ funding cuts

  • January 16th, 2017
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According an analysis based on Government figures, every constituency in England could see schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans. The Government spending plan, which is due to start in 2018, could result in some schools losing more than £1,000 per pupil. A separate set of calculations suggest 98% of schools face “a […]

Schools’ new funding formula

  • January 9th, 2017
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In March 2016, the then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that consultations would begin on the national funding formula; a system long awaited by many. The formula has long been heralded as ‘fair’ funding, bringing an end to the inequality felt under the current system. Schools currently receive funding based on ‘historic calculations’ on demographics […]

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

  • December 21st, 2016
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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
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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 […]

Canadian teachers: We can get you working in the UK

  • November 30th, 2016
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Are you ready to start your next adventure? Our previous trip to Canada was a great success, which is why we’re returning in January 2017 to find great teachers like you to work in the UK. We’re offering Canadian teachers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within the classroom. We can offer you: A guaranteed work contract before you […]

Can teachers reduce their marking workload?

  • October 27th, 2016
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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 […]