The draw to primary school teaching is often the varied subject matter; one minute you’re discussing the life of Victorian children, the next you’re making models out of recycled materials. One area of the curriculum many primary school teachers find difficult in teaching is music.
In recent years, the number of people immigrating to the UK has increased, and as a result, there are a growing number of children in UK schools who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). In fact, latest figures show that 1 in 10 primary school pupils and 1 in 7 secondary school pupils are EAL learners (NAHT, 2018). This has created a new set of challenges for schools and educators as they try to meet the unique educational needs of EAL pupils.
As the education landscape in the UK continues to evolve, so too do the tools and resources available for head teachers and teachers. With new technologies and approaches being developed all the time, it can be hard to know which ones are worth investing in and which ones will end up being a waste of time and money. How can you ensure that you're making the best choices for your school and your students?
A scheme of work is a long-term plan designed to ensure that students are taught all the skills and knowledge in the curriculum for that subject. Schemes of work are typically broken down into teachable units or modules.
Schemes can be highly valuable in two key ways:
- Schemes should reduce teacher planning and preparation time, and
- Ensure students are taught progressive lessons that cover the full curriculum.
However, not all schemes are made equal and the wrong scheme, or following a scheme totally rigidly can cause difficulties.
To take the difficulty out of choosing between a multitude of schemes, we partner with the best schemes of work - giving teachers access to progressive, primary schemes of work across 9 subjects, all in one place.
Climate change and the environmental crisis we face are crucial topics to broach in our classrooms, but it has to be done carefully. While kids need to understand their need to play a part in bettering the world, it’s important not to scare them or make the situation appear hopeless; they must feel excited and empowered about the actions they can take to better the world.
While the end of July takes a long time to arrive, the same can certainly not be said for September! Whether you’re just about to start the summer holidays, or if you’ve suddenly realised you’ve just got a few weeks left, it always seems like September is just around the corner.
Back-to-school time is right around the corner and for ECTs (early-career teachers) it’s a time full of anticipation and excitement. Over the next few weeks, it’s time to celebrate all your successes that have led you to this new school year, continue recharging your batteries, and start your preparation so you don’t have to deal with any last-minute stress.
Whether you’re a new teacher embarking on your first adventure or a seasoned pro looking to make a change, finding the right teaching job can sometimes be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Too often, we accept the first role that comes our way, without questioning whether the school will work for us in the long term. Our teachers at Pango have put their heads together to list their top tips for finding your dream school.
It is generally accepted that teachers should first learn to teach in a mainstream setting before moving into a specialised Special Educational Needs (SEN) role, but this is not always possible. My own experience in teaching highlights this. My first job out of university was in the school I had completed my final year placement in. I loved the school and had done well in my last observations and received top grades. The day before term started, I was invited back to cover sick leave in the school's Senior Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class. Nothing could have prepared me for the weeks that followed. I questioned how I had ended up in a position where, after four years of study, I knew nothing.
Teaching is a notoriously difficult profession and the breaks throughout the year are certainly hard-earned! By the time summer rolls around, most teachers are ready to switch off entirely for a few weeks.