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Securing Additional Teaching Pay with TLRs

It’s not just schools that have to look for additional funding these days; teachers also have to look for additional ways to augment their salary to make up this deficit. When you consider the stack of marking you crush through every night, you’re already working a second job – so that’s out of the question. Fortunately, as a classroom teacher, there are ways to boost your salary without breaking your back....

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Closing the Digital Skills Gap

How many mobile phones have you confiscated this term alone? An annual computing education report from the University of Roehampton has found that only 12% of this year’s GCSE students have opted to study Computing to GCSE level; more worryingly, only 2.7% have continued this through to A-Level. This may seem like an odd statistic when you consider the small stack of impounded phones sitting in your desk drawer....

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Promoting Football in Schools Without a Budget

Health and wellbeing is a key issue in today’s schools, and its importance is supported by a wealth of pedagogical publications. Schools are turning towards health and wellbeing programmes to help them boost attainment and students’ grades, but without the proper funding, these attempts often fall short of the mark. Culturally, Britain is sport-obsessed, but this doesn’t always translate to a school environment. There’s no doubt that more can be done to address this, but how can we improve sports provision – and, in turn, student health and wellbeing – without breaking the budget?...

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Supporting GCSE and BTEC Students Through Examination Stress

We spend so much time focusing on the outcome of examinations and students’ results, it’s easy to forget about the impact this is having on their mental health. In this country, 80% of young people believe that exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health. When you consider that three quarters of long-term mental health issues start in childhood, that’s indicative of a huge problem facing today’s youth....

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Five School Funding Grants You Should Know About

School pursestrings are getting tighter, and we’re all looking for alternative sources of funding. Fortunately, there are ways to raise non-statutory school income, whether by hiring out school premises or by hosting fundraising events. Grants and funding pools offer a handy third option. But which grants should you be looking for to supplement your school funding?...

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Teacher Survival Kit: The Essentials

What’s in your desk drawer? The marking you’ve been putting off? An assortment of paperclips and rubber bands? Maybe it’s the staff handbook you’ve never opened? It’s time to take back control of your desk. Stock it up with the right stuff, and that drawer will be transformed into an irreplaceable teacher survival kit....

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The Ultimate Guide to Teacher Stress Relief

We are in the grip of a teacher stress epidemic. 3,750 teachers were signed off on long-term sick leave last year due to stress. That’s one in every 83 teachers, so chances are, you already know somebody who’s at the tipping point. In fact, 75% of teachers report high levels of stress, which is a significant margin over other occupations. The outcome is clear: teachers – particularly NQTs – are leaving the profession in droves....

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