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?

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.

Helpful CV Advice

At Redbox Teachers we are always looking for talented teachers and teaching assistants to join our professional teaching team. With a wide range of different schools in need of teaching assistants, supply teachers and full time teachers throughout London and the surrounding areas, having good staff on hand is more important than ever.

When it comes to applying for a job you want, it is crucial to have a good, well written CV that provides all the necessary information in a clear way that is easy for the interviewer to read. A good CV will not span more than one page, although in some cases a two page CV is accepted. When writing a good CV try to remember these three R’s

Relevance!

How relevant is your experience? Depending on the job you are applying for you may have had positions in which you had similar responsibilities. Likewise if you were responsible for any clubs that are relevant to the position you are applying for (for example if you managed an IT club and are applying for the position of an IT teaching assistant), whether for a school or university, this is useful to mention on your CV.

Recency!

How recent is your experience? Try to only document your latest achievements and employments. If there is an extended period of time in which you were not employed, you need to state a good reason for this.

Results!

In a teaching position we are looking for someone who speaks good English and has a good comprehension of English and Maths. Qualifications are a good thing to list although exact grades are not always required.

Below is an example CV template which we believe provides a good indication of what employers look for in a good teaching assistant or supply teacher. Remember to tailor your CV to the position you are applying for, as the experience you have gained may not always be relevant to the job application!

 

Name

Address

Email

Mobile No.

 

Personal Statement

(Write in first person and keep it short and sweet. Try not to use generic words so that you stand out from other people)

Education

(Put your education from most recent to previous, and include the name of your school, qualification and result) E.g.

University of London

(2011 – 2014)

BA Education – 2:1

Professional Work History

(Put your most recent position to your previous; include the name of the organization, the dates you were there and your job title. Put a few bullet points explaining your role and how vital you were to the organization. AWLAYS USE PAST TENSES) E.g.

Primary School

(Sept 2013 – Dec 2013)

Teaching Assistant

  • Assisted the teacher to reach the objectives of the lesson
  • Prepared and guided children when doing activities

 

Voluntary Work

(Voluntary work will make you stand out so if you have done it then make sure you put it on your CV)

Additional Skills/Interests

(Include skills such as IT, software packages, teamwork, creativity etc)

References

(You will need two employer references from your most recent positions)

Act Up Act One Acting Courses

confidence actingFacing a classroom of new students with expectant faces can be very daunting. As teachers, we focus our efforts on building self confidence of our class, and we forget to focus on our confidence. We have found that taking acting classes can boost our own confidence and make us more ready to face the day.

Presenting ourselves with confidence can help build great relationships with our class and can engage the children in learning.  It is also a great way to bring fun and humour into the class and in turn receiving great energy.

The company Act Up have recently announced a beginners acting course which helps with vocal exercises, improvisation and assistance in public speaking. The course is 2 hour sessions over the course of 8 weeks. Lessons will be taken in small classes with a maximum of 14 people and there is also the option of a trip to the theatre, although this is not compulsory. For more information check out the Act Up website.

At Red Box we are always looking for ways to help our teachers and teaching assistants to improve themselves, so Act UP is a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a little help with their confidence. Happy acting!!