Robert Aitken, ex-teacher and education technology specialist at ONVU Learning, has some advice for the NQT in your school…
Step one is complete; you’ve found an NQT job for next year. It’s only natural to feel a little scared by the prospect. You’ve spent the last year training and now it’s just you at the front of the class, and there are 30 students staring back. There’s no need to panic though. Here are eight ways to build confidence as an NQT and to be your best self.
Successful Difficult Conversations in School: Improve your team's performance, behaviour and attitude with kindness and success
by Sonia Gill (£14.00, John Catt Educational Ltd)
Most heads have been there – when it comes to discussing those difficult issues with staff, parents and pupils you sometimes wish someone could have the conversation for you.
Luckily, QA Education has five copies of this useful how-to book to give away.
Emma Hollis, Executive Director, NASBTT, said: “We congratulate Damian Hinds on his appointment as Secretary of State for Education and look forward to working with him in his new role. As a Minister with prior experience of the education sector, including sitting on the Education Select Committee, we are confident that Mr Hinds will have an existing awareness of the ‘on the ground’ issues and challenges facing schools and a passion for the teaching profession.
Beverly Wheeler a teacher at the Together Trust’s Ashcroft School has been selected as a UK Parliament teacher ambassador.
An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.
Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.
NEW SURVEY SHOWS SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING MORE FLEXIBLE IN ORDER TO FILL VACANCIES, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF TEACHER QUALITY
Engage Education and Creative Education, today, announced their formal partnership agreement, bringing together two national specialists in their respective fields of teacher recruitment and continuous professional development (CPD) training. James Ockelford, Managing Director for Engage Partners, welcomed the formal partnership stating ‘This partnership demonstrates the vision both organisations share with regard to improving quality teaching and learning in schools throughout the UK’.
The Bristol-based software company, Grofar, has recently announced that their latest update now connects directly to your schools MIS system. Schools using SIMS, Facility CMIS, Progresso, Bromcom MIS, Integris G2 and SchoolBase can now sync all of their student information effortlessly.
Having quick access to relevant and accurate information is core to running a successful careers programme. Grofar now imports school, student, teacher and parent data seamlessly. Data is synced daily so that information is always kept up-to-date.
The United Kingdom is in desperate need of more teachers. There might be more than 450,000 people working in state schools across the country, but even that number is not enough to satisfy the demands of a growing school age population.
The Government has set itself targets to try to get more people into the profession through training courses and has missed them for four years in a row as it struggles to grapple with the need to recruit the right people in large numbers.
When I was 11 years old I knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. It wasn’t just the influence of having parents as teachers (they didn’t put me off!) I just knew that I liked doing pretty much everything. I loved learning and I loved the day-to-day variety of being busy doing different things at school.