Education

Monitoring the Progress of Students

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 10:02 pm

When you teach students of any level of ability, their growth and progress is the most important thing, not the starting point. It’s therefore very important that you can successfully monitor the progress of your students and ensure that they are learning continually – if not, then something needs to be done to rectify this.

If you monitor the progress of your students through data, this is highly useful for a number of reasons. It will give you a record of their progress and will also allow you to see how they have learned and developed over time, so you can take steps to improve their progress where needed. Data on student performance should be safely and securely stored, so you can refer back to it when necessary as their teacher and you can use it to inform and progress individual learning programmes. It can help you individualise the learning experience, as well as basing it on concrete evidence of success.

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Learning Online: How to Make it Work for Students

Posted on October 24, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Teaching online poses challenges for teachers and pupils and it can take a while to get used to working in this way. Here are some tips to help:

  • Give yourself more time. It’s never a good feeling when something takes longer than usual, but e-leaning will take a while to adjust to. Be patient and spend a little more time getting your resources ready.
  • Make sure pupils can still learn in different ways. Have options for visual learners and audio learners – this might mean distributing resources and leaning materials before lessons.
  • Communicate clearly. When you cannot be in the same room, good communication is more important than ever. Encourage students to be open and honest about what is working and how they might want to learn.
  • Be understanding and compassionate. Learning online will have its challenges and will be difficult for pupils, too. Pupils and teachers alike should be patient and understanding so they can overcome challenges together.

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Helping Students Following Exam Results

Posted on August 16, 2020 at 9:06 am

Exam results can be a difficult time for the students you teach if they are unhappy with their results. They may want to appeal them, resit their exams, or they may not be sure what steps to take next if they have missed out on university places. As a teacher, this can be difficult and they will most likely rely on you to give advice. It is important to be on hand when you can be and ensure that your students know where to turn if they are concerned about their exam results.

Exam results can also be a time of celebration if students have done well in their A levels, AS levels of GCSEs. It is a rewarding feeling as a teacher to be able to celebrate your students’ successes and help them take the next positive step forwards. If they have done better than expected, they may also look for advice from teachers.

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Will you Last in the Teaching Profession?

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 11:37 pm

Being a teacher is a rewarding job but it’s also very challenging, which leads a lot of people to leave the profession early. There are certain things that teachers do when they stay in the profession for a long time – ways of working and dealing with the admin side of the job as well, that will help teachers to be more resilient and stay in the job. Here are some of the things successful teachers do – if you do them, or can, then you’re more likely to last in the teaching profession:

  • Be highly organised. Half the battle with teaching is knowing what’s going on and how you can manage your workload. Make sure you’ve accounted for this.
  • Love what you do. Teach a subject that interests you and that will help keep your passion alive.
  • Adapt. Work with pupils in the way that helps them, recognising their strengths and weaknesses to help them excel.

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Teaching Jobs – Finding Work in Top Cambridge Schools

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 9:23 pm

Cambridge is a thriving, affluent area of the UK, meaning it has a community of young professionals and people moving into the area for a better way of life. This means that there are lots of children in the area that need to be catered for with good schools – and those schools need to be fully staffed with teachers who are based locally in Cambridge. Many teachers choose to move into the area because of the job prospects there, and teaching jobs in Cambridge are both readily available and highly sought after. If a school has a particularly good reputation, this can make it more competitive to get a job at this kind of institution. When people have got a teaching job in a prestigious Cambridge school, it is often the kind of position that they aren’t going to leave in a hurry.

There are ways that you can find an excellent teaching job in the Cambridge area, but it might require some patience and some commitment. Even the most experienced, dedicated teachers might have to wait to land their dream teaching position in this area. With a world renowned university in the area as well, Cambridge is known for its educational prestige. For many families, it is important to start their children off in excellent schools so that they can go on to achieve big things in their future professional lives. The demand for good education means that if you are a good teacher, you will be able to find work in a top school, if you have some patience and are willing to keep looking to find the right position for you.

If you are a teaching professional and you want to work in a Cambridge school, there are some ways you can secure a good position in an excellent school. These are some of the options:

  • Work as a supply teacher. This will get you access to some of the best schools in the area and you can start making connections. Often it is all about who you know – they can alert you to any new positions that come up and that might be of interest, and they will already know that you are a capable teacher so may be able to put in a good word.
  • Talk to teaching recruitment agencies. They can give you access to positions you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to secure, often supply work, but this will give you plenty of options to begin making the right connections for your future teaching career in Cambridge.
  • Be patient. Don’t expect to land your dream teaching job straight away. It will take time for the right position to come up, and that is out of your control. Whilst this is difficult, it also means that there is nothing you can do and you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself. Keep honing your skills as a teacher, keep making connections and keep up to date with the teaching job market. Your ideal position will come along.

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Education in Work – Improving your Skills

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Just because you’ve got the skills to do your current job, doesn’t mean that there isn’t room to improve. Once you enter a company, you will be expected to grow and develop within your position. Usually, this means learning new skills and undergoing some form of education so that you can become even better at what you do.

It’s important to work with your employer in your own education. It’s a two way street. They should be responsible for your development and arranging your training, but you need to take responsibility for your own learning as well. If you have ideas about training you would like or courses you want to take, ask for a one to one. Just bear in mind that they will need to be relevant to your role – if you are undertaking vocational training because you want a different position, this should probably be done outside of work.

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Apprenticeships – Think About them for your Future

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

An apprenticeship is a programme where you will learn on the job. You will be able to gain valuable skills and industry insight by carrying out an apprenticeship programme, learning from experts in the industry. You can take on an apprenticeship at any time, but the most popular time to do it is when you have come straight out of school, as you won’t need any other qualifications. The main thing to show is that you have a passion for the industry, and to find out more about it.

Talk to your school about options for apprenticeships and find out more from careers counsellors if this service is available. You can look into industries that you are interested in on the internet. Think about what you enjoy and whether you might like to do it for a career. Perhaps try out some work experience before committing to an apprenticeship.

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Trying Out Some New Ways of Learning

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Learning continues for our whole lives. Whether we are teaching people new skills or we are learning how to do a new job, there is always something new to pick up. People can sometimes find themselves short of inspiration, so you might want to try one of these news ways of learning:

  • Drawing and colouring. Making something colourful and fun to look at can help some people learn. The process of drawing an object can make it more memorable.
  • Reading. If you like words and can often remember people’s sentences word for word, try reading from a text book or from the internet. You should absorb the information well.
  • Listening. Make songs, record them and listen back to them, or listen to ebooks on your subject. You could also watch television shows and documentaries, as listening to someone talk about your subject could help you to remember and learn your facts.

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How to Prepare for Exams

Posted on August 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Exams are a necessary evil of life. School pupils are put through exams all the time and increasingly, adults take exams in the workplace as well. Here are some tips to help you pass your exams with flying colours and get that qualification or promotion you are looking for:

  • Know what will be on the exam. Look through past questions and practice answering them. Know your topics inside out.
  • Practice makes perfect. Come up with sample answers for some of the most commonly-asked questions. Go over it again and again.
  • Revise. Make sure you have the knowledge to pass the exam. Everybody revises differently so find a way that works for you. Try using flashcards, writing notes and watching films to help.
  • Talk to others. Talking through exam questions and information can help you to retain the information. You can share your knowledge and get valuable feedback from others people.

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Learning at a Night School – the Benefits for Adults

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Learning is not just for children who are in school. Adults can continue to learn as well as children, though they may need some extra support as they are not as used to learning any more. If you want to pick up new skills and possibly begin a new career, you may decide to go to night school.

There are lots of different types of courses available at a night school or college. You will be able to study for qualifications like GCSEs and A Levels, as well as for new careers like hair and beauty or counseling. Have a look at what is available in your area and decide from there what is going to be the most beneficial for you.

Some people simply like to learn and they may decide to go to night school in order to pick up new skills for fun. They may choose to learn a language, or take a history course.

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