Supply teachers in Wales quitting over low pay

  • October 13th, 2017
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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 […]

Almost five times as many freshers disclose mental health condition

  • September 5th, 2017
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New figures show the number of first-year students heading to university and disclosing a mental illness has risen almost five times in a decade. The figures note women undergraduates are more likely to register a mental illness, with 2.5 per cent doing so, compared to 1.4 per cent of men. However researchers at the Institute […]

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 […]

Meet our newest apprentice graduate

  • September 1st, 2017
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After joining us last August, our latest apprenticeship graduate, Jess, has spent the past year with our education team. Working closely alongside our primary team as an account manager, Jess will continue with the success she has already achieved in this role and begin her full-time recruitment career here at Athona. We spoke to Jess […]

Report finds reading at home boosts student achievement

  • July 21st, 2017
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  A recent report by the Social Market Foundation has discovered that children perform better in tests when they’ve had a routine of reading at home with a parent/carer. The report found that young people who had not been read to before the age of five scored lower in reasoning tests. In response, the foundation […]

Schools in England could face £3 billion in cuts

  • June 7th, 2017
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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 […]

Useful revision tips to help teachers and students

  • May 24th, 2017
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Jemma, our Project Co-ordinator and qualified teacher, shares her top 10 revision tips to help both teachers and students during the stressful exam period. You need your students to be more resilient: encourage growth-mind set Create a positive culture in the classroom, instilling the idea that a mistake is something to learn from. Intersperse challenging […]

Should pupils be taught about mental health?

  • April 12th, 2017
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Recent survey shows a majority of parents want to see their children being taught about mental health. The survey was released to 1,000 parents after the charity Headucation UK launched its campaign, calling for mental health education to be made mandatory. Results showed that four out of five believe that protecting their child’s mental health […]

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 […]

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 […]

How have our apprentices found their time with Athona?

  • December 7th, 2016
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We recently teamed up with The Lightbulb to launch our apprenticeship scheme for ambitious young people looking to start their career in recruitment. The apprenticeship scheme is designed to offer school leavers the chance to learn a range of employable skills, including sales, administration and communication. Since the scheme started, we’ve had six apprentices join […]