Supply teachers in Wales quitting over low pay

  • October 13th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

Recent reports have revealed 4,500 supply teachers in Wales are having to take on extra jobs just to get through the month. Are you one of the teacher this affects? Have you ever thought about relocating? Our Resource and Development Consultant Luke, who is based in Wales, specialises in providing support to you through the […]

The National Education Union Launches

  • September 12th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

Voted for by its members, the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Leaders and the National Union of Teachers means the NEU will be the largest education union in Europe. Choosing the new academic year as the moment to launch their joint venture, the union will represent a majority of teachers and education professionals […]

An open letter to teachers

  • September 4th, 2017
  • 3 Minute Read

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
  • 2 Minute Read

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 […]

Epic end of term activities

  • July 7th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

Jemma, our resource and development leader and qualified teacher, shares her top activities for both primary and secondary students that will make the last few weeks fly by! Primary: Get creative and put together a scrapbook made of all the children’s work from the school year, and then let them take it home. Create a […]

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 […]

Schools could face ‘devastating’ funding cuts

  • January 16th, 2017
  • 1 Minute Read

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 […]

Grammar schools given the go ahead

  • September 21st, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

Following reports last month that the ban on grammar schools may be lifted, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the expansion for grammar schools will go ahead. New measures will also make it easier for new faith schools to open, and universities who wish to charge higher fees will be asked to support new […]

Meet our secret tool to your success

  • July 26th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

We understand supply teaching can be a challenging and varied role, that’s why we believe it’s crucial to have a recruitment agency supporting you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on the commitment we offer to our candidates and we know our education team are experts in the field. We recently had an […]

Five reasons Teaching Assistants are invaluable

  • July 5th, 2016
  • 2 Minute Read

At Athona, we know Teaching Assistants (TAs) are fantastic – they make a difference both inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why we’ve come up with our top five reasons of what makes them invaluable.  1. You’re the student’s rock – even if they wouldn’t like to admit it. Working so closely with students on a […]

Should secondary students have to re-take their SATs?

  • July 5th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

In 2015, Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that year 7 students will re-take their KS2 English or maths tests if they do not achieve the ‘expected standard.’ Morgan explained that students will struggle in secondary school without a good grasp of the basics in literacy and numeracy. The decision for SATs re-sits has therefore been […]

Exam appeals – clampdown on remarks for pupils this summer

  • June 7th, 2016
  • 1 Minute Read

Changes to the rules governing exam remarks and appeals means students sitting their GCSEs, AS levels and A levels over the summer could find it harder to successfully appeal against results. Exam regulator Ofqual has said too many students had been getting extra marks, and possibly a higher grade as a result, after requesting an […]