Increase of Primary School Pupils in Recent Years

Recent statistics have shown that the Primary School population in England has reached its highest level ever since the 1970s. With around 94,000 pupils attending Primary Schools across the country this year, this is putting increasing strain on finding teachers for these pupils and creating more places in local schools.

There has been an estimated increase of about 200,000 children to Primary Schools in two years, which is showing as a result of the rising population over the past few years. This has presented a fairly large challenge to Primary Schools as they try to adapt to the growing number of pupils in their classes. Around 87 Primary Schools throughout England now have over 800 pupils.

If this doesn’t slow down within the next few years, there could be a serious placement shortage for Primary School children from all walks of life. A further 460,000 extra pupils have been predicted within the next five years, which is a staggering number when compared to the last few years.

Soon enough, this population boom will also reach Secondary Schools, which is a major cause for concern when it comes to understaffed teachers. Now more than ever, it is essential that more students are encouraged to study degrees in teaching, and there is a higher demand for teachers, substitute teachers and teaching assistants than ever before, nationwide.


New Standards for Teaching Assistants

A new set of standards for teaching assistants is due to be drawn up by the Department of Education, it has been revealed. Teaching assistants in state schools across the country will be able to make the most out of their experience and skills using this new system.

teacher-300x199It is a well known fact that Teaching Assistants are an important part of education as they provide key support for both the pupils and the teachers they work with, in their classes.

Teaching assistants often have a certain level of responsibility and this fact needs to be recognised through standards set by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

The new standards promise to provide a fairer deal for teaching assistants in order to aid and steer the professional development of teaching assistants at all levels. Research is being made to find out positive ways of reinforcing these standards and the findings of this research are expected next spring.

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