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?

Wayne Rooney Returns

W_Rooney-188x300Earlier in November, Wayne Rooney took a trip down memory lane by visiting his old primary school before his Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

The famous footballer paid a visit to Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary school in Liverpool for a special photo shoot, where he spoke to a captivated young audience about playing for Manchester United and England.

The Pupils of Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary wore replica England kits for the picture, where Rooney is seen grinning in the centre of kids in the main hall of his old primary. The school was well prepared for his visit with a replica World Cup on display and 99 lucky pupils took time out of class to talk to the star and ask him questions about his career.

The current Headteacher, Sandra Hamilton stated that she always talks to the children about Wayne Rooney, giving the young pupils hope that one day he might come back to the school for a visit. After all their waiting, the children finally saw that dream come true and Rooney even signed the replica shirts, giving them the perfect souvenir to take home.

It is always heart-warming to see a successful student return to a school after they have achieved their dreams. Redbox Teachers focuses on bringing teachers with a passion for bringing out the creativity and individuality in children, so why not submit your CV today for a fantastic teaching opportunity?

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.

Redbox Teachers offers supply teaching assistants and part time teachers with countless opportunities to find their dream job in schools around London. Why not submit your CV with us today?

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.

When Hard Work and Persistence Pays Off

Hard work and persistence always pays off, particularly if you are doing something you love doing. Dawn Faizey Webster is a fantastic example of how being persistence can help you overcome the odds. Dawn was a teacher who suffered a dreadful stroke in 2003, but with hard work and persistence Dawn completed a History degree!

61470968The stroke unbelievably caused her to contract ‘Locked-in syndrome’ where she could only move her eyes.

She didn’t let that deter her as she started a course in Ancient History using only her eyes and tiny head movements to write essays and answers using a computer which translates the movements into text.

“I felt that I needed to prove to myself and to others that I was still me – Dawn” She wanted to show that she had lost no cognitive ability in the accident and her story will inspire thousands to reach for their dreams. The former teacher will graduate this October after a gruelling 6 years completing her degree.

Motivation is a key part of learning and encouraging others to learn, so it is important to have your own sources of inspiration. Teachers require motivation to teach and have to influence their students to motivate themselves.  By setting yourself regular goals throughout the school year, you will find that your achievements will help motivate your students.

Be persistent! Never give up.

Facebook Posts Affecting Employability?

In today’s world everyone loves to post a “selfie” picture online. Facebook and social media is a great way to document your life and share it with your friends. However it comes with a price of privacy.

The idea of sharing things on social media is pretty simple but people tend to forget that once you’ve posted something online it is there for everyone to see. If you’re full name is listed on Facebook potential employers can Google search you and access all the incriminating pictures of you!

fbEmployers are more frequently looking at their interviewees Facebook pages to get the inside scoop as to how suitable they will be to their company. It can be sneaky, but statistics have supported the idea that employers are less likely to employ someone because of things found on their Facebook Profile.

Of course that doesn’t mean you need to methodically remove any and all traces of fun or frolic from your Facebook page, just be careful about what you post or what you make available for public viewing. You can also slightly change your name as it appears on Facebook so that employers cannot search for it, or use a ‘business’ profile for employers such as LinkedIn.

Teaching Teachers how to create Magic

Teaching a class is a lot like driving. You learn all the theory, you get the practical experience, you pass the tests and then you finally become fully qualified. Only then you start to really learn what it is all about.

magic speakingOften teachers and teaching assistants are so pressured by the theory side of teaching that they forget about the magic of teaching.

Christopher Emdin, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, explains excellently in his inspirational video that teachers don’t realise how to captivate their audience through the use of voice, performance and audience participation.

He encourages teachers to go out into the world and visit places of performance, where people are captivated to their speakers e.g. gospel churches and rap concerts.

These speakers are not trained to educate but they do know how to engage and captivate their audience. This is an essential part of being a teacher. Children find it so much easier to learn when their lessons are engaging and they love it when the teacher appears to be having as much fun teaching the lesson as they do learning it.

At Red Box we always try to encourage our supply teachers and teaching assistants to stay positive and to focus on engaging and exciting content. For a wide range of different teaching opportunities in and around London, why not get in touch?

Gove Punishes Parents

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Education secretary Michael Gove has announced that he will be imposing punishments for parents whose children fail to show their teachers the proper level of respect. The Minister insists that mums and dads must take the necessary responsibility for their child’s behaviour in regards to respect towards teachers, the willingness to learn and even turning up to school.

scoldIt is Mr Gove’s belief that parents who believe it should be the job of the teachers to educate and raise their children, without installing a sense of respect for their teachers in children, will find themselves on a self-destructive path of stubborn children who are unwilling to learn.

While it is important to ensure that children attend school and express a willingness to learn, perhaps penalising the parents is not the best way to go about this. Some suggest that time spent penalising parents for making sure their kids turn up at school could be better spent having personal 1 to 1 sessions with the children themselves, to learn how they view school and how to better their experience of school as a whole. It is the case of the carrot and the stick so to speak.

With a number of qualified substitute teachers and teaching assistants, whether you require a long term position or a short term position, Red Box Teachers have a variety of different teaching positions in and around London, suited to fit your qualifications!

Safety on the Internet

It can be great to encourage our children to use the computer in order to build on their IT skills as we live in a technology savvy world.  However, it is important to ensure the safety of our children when they browse the internet, especially as they cannot always be supervised by their parent or teacher.

laptop childBeing Aware

Promoting internet awareness in our child is important as it makes them think before they access certain websites. Internet awareness works in very much the same way as Stranger Danger does in the physical world.  Therefore we need to make sure that our children know what is okay on the internet and what they should avoid.

Controls

There are special parental controls and add-ons provided by Google and other companies that will help ensure safe browsing for your children. You can install these and they pretty much work as a filter to remove anything not child appropriate or they prevent your child from accessing these inappropriate sites. However some websites only ask for a date of birth as proof of age, so the system is not unbreakable.

Whether you specialise in teaching IT or in general studies, Red Box Teachers will provides you with new job opportunities that are suited to you.

Into Film Scotland

[redbox] school news blogThe Scotland Educational system has recently launched a new programme which will integrate film into the school curriculum in the bid to use films and film making to improve the quality of learning in schools across the country. They hope to utilise films to better communicate the act of learning to children in a more effective way than simply watching a film based off of a study book, or showing an educational film in place of a lesson.

Into Film Scotland

The programme has been backed by the British Film Institute and Education Scotland amongst other organisations. A part of the scheme will allow schools to set up film clubs where they will be able to access a ‘film library’ similar to Netflix or Hulu where they will have free access to thousands of educating films.

Many children are active learners, so instead of reading about history from a history book, or learning a speech on paper, the visual media provided by modern technology today will allow children to absorb far more information than if they tried to read it.

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Showing Their Support

The chief executive of the programme; Paul Reeve has stated that as the richest of the educational resources it is only natural to use films and film-making as a way to develop essential learning skills, as well as promoting communication and creativity skills.

He hopes it will have the power to inspire a new generation of thinkers. Even actors are backing the project, such as Film star Ewan McGregor.

RedBox Teachers are always looking for enthusiastic and qualified supply teachers and teaching assistants, plus as we help find accommodation for those commuting to London who wish to live nearer to their designated school, we can find the perfect job for you.