Pupils believe that they are more Tech Savvy than Teachers

A recent survey from Competing at School has come up with the results that around half of young people believe that they are more computer savvy than their teachers and parents. Although this may not be strictly true, it certainly begs the question as to whether or not we are spending enough time on educating our teachers when it comes to information technology.

tech savvy rbTen or fifteen years ago it may have been unheard of for teachers of most subjects to be any more computer literate than needing to know how to use the basic office works, however nowadays computer literacy is an essential skill for all subjects.

While there are still courses available to help teachers gain a better understanding of computers, how to use the internet and how to increase online security, more must be done to help teachers and pupils use computers and the internet as an access for learning. In some cases, teachers need to express concerns when they feel they need extra training and schools should attempt to assist in teacher training in order to ensure the safety of our children while engaging in online activities.

 

Delay to Formal Schooling Proposed

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Last month The National Union of Teachers announced the wish to call for children to be released from normal timetables until the age of seven. This is because that the Union worries that starting children too early in a strict teaching regime can be damaging to children of a young age.

children playSurprisingly this is completely the opposite of a topic covered a few months ago by our blog, with compulsory testing said to start at age four. Activists used the Union’s annual conference in late April to demand that the ‘play-based’ curriculum period was extended to allow the children to develop appropriately for their age, with activities based around play and less focus on formal education until the age of seven.

This would also be in conjunction with the boycott of the Governments  new reading exam which is taken by 600,000 six year olds each year to determine their aptitude.

At Redbox Teachers we understand the importance of proper development in the foundation stages of early learning, which is why we go to every effort to ensure that all our Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teachers and teaching assistants are paired with their perfect schools in and around London.