World Teachers’ Day

  • October 2nd, 2018
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To coincide with World Teachers’ Day on Friday 5th October, we’re launching an exclusive referral competition. On top of the usual £250* referral bonus, every teacher you refer to Athona will mean your name is automatically entered into our draw to win a luxury hamper. So what’s stopping you? Speak to your consultant or complete […]

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 […]

The National Education Union Launches

  • September 12th, 2017
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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 […]

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 […]

Epic end of term activities

  • July 7th, 2017
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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
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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 […]

Teachers back move towards primary SATs boycott

  • May 4th, 2017
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Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England starting next year. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes the tests for seven and 11 year olds are damaging to the children and their education. The Government are now consulting on the future of testing in primary education and may […]

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 […]

Schools in Mental Wellbeing Epidemic

  • March 20th, 2017
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With constant access to social media and increased pressure academically, young people have arguably more stressful lives today than ever before. According to Sam Royston, director of policy and research at the children’s society, it has become ‘desperately worrying.’ Charity YoungMinds have reported that 82% of teachers ‘agreed that the focus on exams had become […]

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 […]