Careers Day at Parklands Community School

Children attending Parklands Community Primary School in Ellesmere Port had the opportunity to meet a number of different professionals in order to discuss their individual career choices on Thursday the 2nd December. As a foray into the world of work, the children were visited by a range of local employers to give them a taste of what they are capable of and to perhaps inspire them to start looking at potential career choices.

The Importance of Discussing Employment Opportunities

downloadIt can be difficult to decide exactly what you want to do when you get older, so it is essential to instil a sense of importance in young children. They should grow up feeling as if they are capable of achieving great things if they work hard and stay in school. By having these guest speakers share their experiences with the children, it brings them down to a more ‘human’ level, allowing the kids to interact with them and even ask questions on the work required to get into that particular career path.

A Follow up Task

As with any school trip, activity or social visit, it is important to follow up with your class, so the children of Parklands were asked to find out more about what they might like to do in the future. Whether it is applying to be a Supply Teacher, joining the Royal Air Force or going into Veterinary Care, it is important for children to be aware of the work involved in following such a career path. The children were also asked to write and send thank you letters to all the visitors who took time out of their day to visit the school.

Teachers’ Pay linked to Performance in Bristol Schools

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Schools in Bristol have announced that from September 2014, newly-qualified teachers will have their pay linked directly to classroom performance. To an extent teacher’s pay will depend on the performance and growth of their pupils.

Many parents and teachers are in favour of this, particularly those who feel they go the extra mile when it comes to teaching their classes, and why shouldn’t they be? It is thought that this will be a direct incentive for teachers to put more effort into improving pupil’s willingness to learn performance in examinations.

On the other hand, this new system could drive NQTs to teach outside of Bristol as the criteria for pay may be inconsistent. In addition, the new system could also see a reduction of teachers willing to teach at tougher schools as performance of the pupils and their engagement may not be as good as other schools.

However, how easy is this system to implement? How would the efforts of the teacher and the pupil’s growth be measured objectively? Will this be a reliable and valid system? Would this be putting more pressure on pupils as they would be partly responsible for their teacher’s pay? It is not black and white when it comes to the education of children. Certain examples are as follows:

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“If a pupil does well in an examination subject is this the result of the work done by his or her Year 11 subject teacher or his or her primary school teachers who taught the pupil literacy and numeracy? Which teacher should get the credit for examination success?”

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Plus there is also the issue of how to measure a pupil’s ‘level of success’. An individual may feel that they have made substantial progress over the year; however they may still be falling slightly short of the ‘average’ performance level for their year.

Red Box Teachers is always on hand to provide great opportunities for supply teachers and teaching assistants in and around London. What are your thoughts on this new scheme? What do you think this means for teachers in Bristol schools? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments!

Correcting Wrong Answers in a Positive Way

When teaching a class of children, particularly younger children, it is important to steer your students in the right direction while still allowing them to find things out for themselves. When it comes to giving incorrect answers, there are a few ways you can rephrase your response to their answers. This will help to guide them towards the right answer, without discouraging your students from attempting to answer questions in class.

Move onto another person


If you happen to pick on a student who doesn’t know the answer or who gives an incorrect answer, don’t dwell on them as it can discourage them from offering answers voluntarily. Acknowledge the wrong answer but give encouraging feedback which will minimise embarrassment such as “You’re on the right lines” or “can anyone build on what George has said”.

The aim for encouraging your students to ask and answer questions is not always to get the right answer every time, but instead to build their confidence in asking for help when they don’t understand something. Answering and asking questions is also crucial when building up communication skills, particularly in younger children.

Reward the right answer


This works well in group question and answer sessions. Don’t ignore wrong answers but instead reward right answers with stickers, possibly a chart reward system or even a word of positive praise. This positive reinforcement will both reward the child who answered correctly, and may encourage other children to step up and attempt to answer another question later on in the discussion.

At Red Box we focus on relationships, whether it be a relationship between a supply teacher or a teaching assistant and the school, or the relationship between the teacher and their students. We can offer a new level of support for qualified primary supply teachers and teaching assistants looking for part time and full time jobs throughout the UK.