For those who want the job satisfaction of teaching without the long hours and stress, working as a supply teacher can be an ideal compromise. While the profession has taken some serious knocks in recent years, supply teaching can reduce workloads and help to achieve your ideal work/life balance. Here we talk to Jeff Blackwell, a teacher with over 40 years teaching experience, about life as both a full time and supply teacher, and how the profession has changed over the years.
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 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.
According to a government review, nearly 12 million people in the UK are being prescribed medicine that can cause dependence. Public Health England (PHE) found that half of these people have been on prescription medicines for a year or more, and more than a fifth for over three years. Prescribing rates are 1.5 times higher for women than for men.
British business is feeling the pinch of an acute skills deficit, but no organisation more so than the NHS, where long-term staff shortages have left the service close to crisis. A group of business bodies are advising the new PM to lower the salary threshold for foreign workers from £30,000 to £20,000 in order to ease the situation.
Around 7,000 practices across England have come together to form more than 1,200 Primary Care Networks (PCNs). The news follows the Nuffield report, which showed that falling numbers of GPs were placing a huge strain on NHS services. Since a third of appointments don’t require the attention of a family doctor, the PCNs will comprise multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics and social support workers, who will work alongside GPs.
The BBC has revealed that the UK is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers for 50 years. Ongoing research and analysis by the Nuffield Trust shows that the number of GPs has fallen from nearly 65 per 100,000 people in 2014 to 60 last year. The decrease coincides with an increasingly ageing population and record numbers of patients seeking treatment for mental-health-related problems. Subsequent strain on NHS facilities has resulted in patients waiting up to seven weeks for a routine appointment, with those requiring emergency consultations forced to queue outside surgeries in desperation.