Several Primary Schools Celebrate ‘Good’ Result From Recent Ofsted

Coleman Primary in Spinney Hills, Burton Primary in Bournemouth and Westcott Primary in Hull are all among a spate of primary schools now celebrating their new ‘Good’ report as a result of the recent Ofsted inspections. Ofsted inspections are often dreaded and feared by the teaching and learning population, although they are a necessary evil in making sure that children are getting the education they deserve.

rating-153125_960_720A Test is not Infallible

Of course, a single testing and grading system based on one performance review is not the be all and end all of education, but it is incredibly important for schools to do well by Ofsted.

Schools rely on reputation in order to keep bringing in new pupils and an ‘Inadequate’ grading by Ofsted is thought to lead to parents running for the hills.

The Ofsted Rating System

The Ofsted Rating System itself is graded on four levels. Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3) and Inadequate (4).

The schools are assessed on the teachers’ ability to plan lessons, the communication of pupils, progress made by pupils and a huge range of other factors. The fact that so many primary schools in the UK have recently received ‘Good’ reviews from Ofsted shows progress and promise for the schools of the modern day.

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?

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?

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!

Education Minister Visits Schools in Shanghai

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Nick Gibb the former Schools Minister believes that children may be falling behind children from the Eastern territories because they did not learn basic arithmetic times tables by heart. Because of recent efforts made to try different teaching methods in the classroom, to test different responses from children and to make learning more engaging for them, there has been a decline in the use of mental arithmetic and rote learning in the classroom.

It has been claimed that because of this decline, pupils have been struggling to understand the basic mathematical concepts. With practice and repetition, similar to the method used in learning a musical instrument, children can learn mental arithmetic and other maths to heart, which commits methods to their long term memory.

[redbox] math blogEducation minister Elizabeth Truss visited a collection of primary and secondary schools in Shanghai in February and in contrast to the claims Gibb has made, found that it was not the method of teaching that produced such good results, but the instant feedback between a teacher and his/her pupils. Students would receive graded homework instantly, with feedback given on their progress during lessons in the form of discussion.

Teachers engaged with the children and encouraged class discussions, with arithmetic examples increasing in difficulty across the course of the lesson. There is a great focus on one to one support to ensure that no child falls behind and this may be the problem with schools in the UK, as more and more pressure is put on teachers to handle larger classes.

Education is crucial to the essential development of young children, which is why Red Box Teachers make every effort to ensure all part time and full time supply teachers and teaching assistants find their perfect teaching job. Do you agree with Nick Gibb in that more traditional methods of teaching need to be implemented? Or do you feel that engagement and the focus on one to one support is more beneficial for the education of today’s youth? Why not let us know in the comments below, or tell us on our new Facebook page?