Diversity Day Educates about Multiculturalism

Diversity Day is a way of showing children about different faiths and different cultures, so that they learn about them and their significance from a very young age. It has been running for the last six years in a way for pupils to get a glimpse into the life and times of different religions, faiths and cultures.

600 Pupils Got Involved

The day itself was hosted by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, where 600 Primary Six pupils from Carolside, Netherlee, Busby and Calderwood Lodge in the Glasgow area attended the event.

The event also includes a number of activities designed to bring together children of many different cultures including trying on clothing styles from different faiths and cultures, and learning how they say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ or how they show respect.

 

Different is Good

A lot of teachers believe it is a great way of showing the pupils everything they have in common with other people around the well, as well as what makes them different. It teaches children that different is often very healthy, it is not something to be frightened about or something that should be ignored.

Kent School Exchanges Shorter School Day for Longer School Holidays

Chiddingstone Primary School near Tonbridge in Kent is creating a way for pupils to spend a little longer in school each day, in exchange for two weeks extra holiday over the course of the school year. The change has been brought about as a way of helping parents to afford cheaper holidays.

Both staff and parents have agreed on the new term structure – which sees pupils spending an extra 20 minutes in school each day – so that pupils will be able to take two weeks off instead of just one, during the May and October half-term holiday breaks.

Holidays are getting more and more expensive, particularly during school holidays, and parents are facing increasingly strict rules about when they can and cannot take their children on holiday.

According to the law, children can only be taken out of school during term time in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and could face a £60 fine otherwise, which doubles if not paid within three weeks.

When factored into the average school week, 20 minutes extra a day will not seem like a major change, however, that extra week of holiday could give both parents and children some much needed time off. This seems like a recipe for success, particularly when you consider the fact that the cost of such holidays will not be as high in the second week.

Top Tips for ‘Back to School’

As the Back-to-school adverts run rampant on the television, and children start winding down from the summer, thoughts turn to the new school year ahead and how parents can properly prepare themselves for the new challenges to come.Vector illustration with hand-drawn words on school bag. Welcome back to school. Calligraphy and typography inscription. Sign painting vintage style. Colorful version

So, got any top tips for parents to get ahead of the curve in preparing their kids for the next school year?

  • Coats, Gloves, Shoes! – While many parents can scramble around in a bid to get a brand new school uniform, items of clothing such as coats and gloves can get pushed by the wayside; particularly as they won’t be needed until winter. Check your coats, shoes and gloves to make sure they are all in good condition, or add a new set to the shopping list.
  • Working Pens, Fresh Pencils, Clean Pencil Case – For some children, nothing feels better than a fresh new stationary set to start off the school year. So many retailers stock a wide range of different pencil cases that you can easily find one cheap. Or why not try making your own?
  • Stylish School Water Bottle – Getting a new water bottle each year is recommended, as even refillable water bottles can start to get stagnant over time, even if you are using them every day.
  • Dinner Schedule! – Even if you only keep to it for the first two weeks of school, getting your dinners sorted out ahead of time will save a lot of hassle in the long run. Try giving it a go, just this once!

 

Back to Basics ‘No Tech’ School in London

Located in Morden, the London Acorn School has a rather different educational system when it comes to more modern technology and teaching children. The school imposes a strict set of rules for children up to the age of 14, and in some cases up to 16 years old; no internet, computers, mobile devices or even TV, both in class and at home.

no tech schoolThe small school of just 42 students in total is “…against all forms of electronics for small children” As shown in the school charter and only allows it in gradual doses as children reach their teen years. Parents must also continue this strict educational concept at home, although watching films is permitted for children over 14 and the internet is allowed after 16 years of age.

Instead of relying on modern technology for their lessons, children are thought to better engage with their London teachers, making their own exercise books from recycled materials and writing in longhand. They create things in woodworking class that can be used around school and go for daily nature walks in order to pass the time.

It is a simple, yet satisfying life but it is not a regime for the faint hearted, as the no-technology is quite strict. However it gives children another chance to perhaps pick up a new hobby and develop skills not related to or reliant on electronics.

Spaceship Crash at Brookhill Leys Primary

imagesWhen it comes to learning in the name of Science and making your own discoveries, nothing is more exciting than seeing Science first hand. Earlier this month, pupils from Brookhill Leys Primary & Nursery School scavenged through the ‘wreckage’ of a ‘crashed spaceship’ in a Sci-fi themed day.

The aim was to add a bit of excitement to the children’s lives by getting them involved in the sciences through a number of themed activities and competitions.

 
alien-308429_640Around 400 pupils in total took part in the afternoon activities, showing a great interest in the activities there were to offer. The ‘spaceship’ also touched upon other subjects, with Year One pupils being encouraged by their key stage 1 teachers to write letters to the ‘aliens,’ as well as using Maths in rocket experiments to help predict elements such as its trajectory and speed.

The ‘crash site’ is full of interesting bits and bobs, with electrical wires showing how the ‘ship’ works as well as futuristic technology that helps explain to children how things work. It was a great way to involve the children by appealing to their sense of excitement and adventure, whilst also providing a good lesson to learn. The event was organised with the help of three Science teachers from Hall Park Academy.

Training Teacher Shortage Expected

homework-300x300A teacher training shortage this term may lead to schools looking outside the UK for qualified primary teachers. It has been reported that around 32,500 people have started or plan to start teacher training courses at the start of this term in comparison to the target of 34,800 people expected to start.

This shortage of over 2000 places of well-qualified staff across the country can become a major issue if not resolved soon.

Schools will have to rely on utilising supply teachers, teaching assistants or part time teachers who do not yet have the full qualifications in this new recruitment crisis. Another solution is to increase class sizes; however this has had a negative effect on students’ learning in the past.

Despite offering bursaries worth up to £25,000 tax free to graduates training in priority subjects such as maths, sciences and languages, students training to become teachers have decreased steadily in the past few years, leaving schools with a worrying shortage.

With the possibility of a teacher shortage in store for the future, we are constantly looking for qualified supply teachers, teaching assistants and teaching support staff. Why not submit your CV with RedBox teachers today for great teaching opportunities throughout primary schools in London and the surrounding areas?

UNICEF Walk

uniced-300x199Hundreds of schools across the country took part in a UNICEF campaign which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights were created in order to better protect youngsters and improve a sense of community. Rights include providing what a child essentially needs to survive and grow in order to fulfil their true potential and these rights are given to every child regardless of age, race or gender.

Young pupils at Aberchirder Primary took part in a nationwide celebration of children’s rights by walking through the town on Thursday 20th November and delivering messages to local passersby about what the 1989 UN Convention meant to them and their individual learning. It was a new and exciting opportunity for the children to pass on what they had learnt about the convention as well as expressing their own views as to how things can be improved in the future.

The pupils have been praised for taking an interest into equal rights for all and it is encouraging to see young children taking an active stance in raising awareness for underprivileged children who still struggle all over the world. As teachers, we fully support the idea that every child should have the right to a professional education that helps them to grow as an individual. Why not apply for a substitute teaching position today to make a difference in a child’s life?

Children Interview War Veterans for Project

Legion Scotland, the veteran’s charity has called on Aberdeen primary pupils to research their community’s involvement in World War II. The charity hopes that it will highlight the importance in listening to stories told by local members of society as it helps them to relive and learn the past through the eyes of a child in the Great War.

veteran-300x187It will show what it was like to be a child living in the Great War. Primary pupils will need to conduct a series of interviews with local people, honing in on one individual in particular to help shape up their understanding of living in World War II.

As well as interviews, the children will need to use photography to document their research, source historical artefacts and write a 500 word piece.

These projects will be collected to create an archive of first hand Scottish stories from World War II and to place emphasis on the importance of remembrance.

Whether you are looking for a part time teaching position or a permanent job as a teacher or teaching assistant, why not join Redbox today to work alongside many other world class teachers in order to provide children in schools in and around London with the support they need to grow and develop.

Longer School Days for Children?

Suggestions made by the Department for Education to combat underachievement in children from working-class backgrounds have included allusions to a possible ‘longer school day’ in order to give children more time to complete their work in a supportive environment.

imagesHowever many teachers and parents have lashed out against this theory stating that children need to have a life outside of school in which they can relax, unwind and enjoy some quiet time before going to bed.

As it stands children who come home from school after 3:30 are already pretty tired and making the school day even longer may damage their attention span and could even have the adverse effect on concentration.

With autumn settling in, a longer school day could mean that children may have to make the walk home in the dark, which not many parents are happy about.

Plus it could be a bad news for teachers, particularly those who teach in London and nearby as classes are already over saturated and a longer working day will mean less time to mark work and plan future lessons among other things.

There have been other suggestions brought forward to help combat underachievement including the establishment of a possible ‘homework club’ but it has been expressed that it would be better if it were run by parents and volunteers otherwise the concept of ‘home-work’ would be completely nullified.

What do you think? Longer school days which give children more time to think and study? Or is this just adding more strain to a possibly already over saturated system?

New Leeds Primary School Opens

A new primary school in Leeds will open up another 400 places for children in order to combat a shortage of primary school places. Run by the Co-operatives Academies Trust, Nightingale Primary is a new school in Harehills that hopes to reduce overcrowding in Leeds primary schools.

It already has 60 children in reception and hopes to help children from all over Harehills to receive a place at the school in order to create a new learning environment where children can reach their potential. It is one of five schools in the city of Leeds to be run by the Co-operatives Academies Trust.

classroom-300x186With a heavy risk of overpopulation many children’s classes nowadays are full to bursting, and both teachers and teaching assistants as well as teaching support staff are having a heavier burden placed on them with a growing number of students each year.

The new primary school comes at an optimum time in order to help children get the individual support they need, without having to overwork or overburden the teachers currently taking classes throughout Leeds.

It is important to be able to give each individual child the attention and care they deserve, which is why RedBox Teachers are proud to bring together professionally qualified teachers, teaching assistants and schools throughout London in order to help provide children with the education they desperately need.