Government changes to entry level skills tests for teachers will simply lower the expectations on recruits without thinking carefully about why they leave. The good news is- we can all do more to encourage our colleagues to stay, right from our own desks.
In Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Supreme Court considered whether the failure by Ms Reilly, a headteacher at a maintained primary school, to disclose to the school governors her relationship with someone who had been convicted of making indecent images of children was a sufficient reason for her dismissal.
Teachers salaries have been a bone of contention for a long time. With the minimum annual salary sitting around the £22,500 mark, but weekly working hours often as high as 60, it would be fair to say that (in general) teachers are under paid for their work.
The education sector is suffering from a severe skills shortage and with one third of all new teachers leaving the profession within five years of starting, it is apparent that retention is one of the major issues.
With the recent Gallup Survey revealing that a mere 15% of employees are engaged in the workplace and with lack of teacher engagement leading to 2.3 million missed workdays, it is clear that there are issues which must be addressed.
As the UK moves into the next phase of its Brexit negotiations, the estimated 2.38 million people from EU countries who are working in the UK will no doubt be questioning what will happen to their status once we leave the EU.
The Chartered College of Teaching took the time to pledge to use evidence-based practice, flipped learning has apparently been exposed as not being value-for money, and now lesson observations have been confidently declared pointless.
We are delighted to announce Liz as a TeacherHQ Guest Blogger. Liz brings a huge amount of legal expertise in the education sector and will be providing us with up-to-date commentary on issues that both schools and teachers are facing.
We sometimes find it hard to know who to follow and how to navigate the fast-paced feed of Twitter, so we decided to inject a little maths into the equation to devise our list of the Top 10 Twitter Education Influencers.
It may seem to the outside eye that all teachers are looking for is better pay, but actually this is far from the truth. Teachers are in the profession for a reason and it certainly isn’t for the pay packet!