A major global study has found that while the UK has improved its league rankings in academic subjects like maths and science, British teens are some of the most miserable in the world. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study found that just 53 per cent of UK students are satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 per cent across the OECD countries.
As we enter the next decade there are many technological, social and ideological changes taking place that will impact on education. Major shifts in the jobs landscape mean that it’s not only the kind of skills we learn that will alter, but also how we learn from an early age. Here we take a look at five of the biggest education trends that will impact on primary schools right through to the workplace in 2020.
An increasing number of teachers are discovering the benefits of supply teaching, including a better work/life balance, more flexible working options and reduced stress. Although there’s much to recommend the supply list, teachers need to do some preparation in order to make the most of it. Frequently changing workplaces come with their own difficulties, so learning how you can perfect the process will make it easier each time. Here we look at a few rules that can help to make supply prep second nature.
With teachers leaving the profession at an alarming rate, many are choosing part-time and supply work over full-time hours.
Excessive workloads and accountability are responsible for 33 per cent of teachers quitting by the end of their fifth year. This means that teaching has one of the lowest professional retention rates, with increasing numbers of teaching staff reporting mental health problems.
New Department for Education (DfE) commissioned research shows that 76 per cent of secondary school teachers and 70 per cent of primary school teachers say their workload is unachievable within their contracted hours.
A BBC survey has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England. Out of the 1,200 schools that responded to the study, nine in every ten said they had cut back on lesson time, staff, or resources in creative subjects.
Experts say deals that the NHS entered into to pay for new buildings are crippling the service with extortionate payback terms. Over the past 20 years, more than 100 schemes were agreed with private companies to pay for new centres and hospitals. NHS trusts then made annual repayments with additional fees. A staggering £55bn is still owed in debts, with some trusts paying a sixth of their income in interest fees.
Lloyds, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Tesco Bank have all told their contract workers that they will no longer be able to work through a limited company. Going forward, these banks will all require their contract workers to go PAYE.
When you join a recruitment agency they’ll usually invite you into the office for an informal chat. This is an opportunity for them to learn all about you so that they can match you with the right job and end client. It’s important that you think carefully about your short and long term goals and give the agency as much information as possible about the opportunities you’re looking for. This might relate to the industry you’d like to work within, but it could also cover the kind of companies you’d like to work for, or the kind of assignments you’d prefer. Here are some questions to consider that your recruiter might also ask you.
A great CV can be used as the template for all your social media profiles and any online application forms you might have to fill out. While there’s lots of advice on how to write your CV on the web, we’ve narrowed it down to three essential factors that really make the difference when it comes to what recruiters want. Once you’ve got the basics covered, your CV should only need updating with your latest skills and experience, so investing some time in getting your CV right is worthwhile. Recruiters receive hundreds of CVs for each position; here’s how to make them stop and take notice of yours.