Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sacking teachers made easy?

Ministers are going to allow / give head teachers the powers to sack teachers more easily.

As a move to no doubt try and weed out the teachers that are under performing this move could be a great move but might also have some impact in a negative way.

Giving head teachers the power to sack a ‘bad’ teacher could lead to an abuse of power but this is something that will only come to light when the first few teachers are sacked and they feel they should not have been.

When giving these extra powers to people in some form of training centre / school I guess there will be a routine / process that a head teacher will have to follow before said teacher is sacked.

Does this mean that schools will start to improve over time as the ‘bad’ teachers will be weeded out and the best stay.  I can’t really see a down side to this other than a ‘head teacher’ abusing the power to remove someone they don’t like.

Parents should talk about school and lessions

I’m not sure which parents don’t talk to their children about school but a government adviser is saying that parents should talk more about schools / lesion’s with their children.

When it comes to homework for any student whether they are young or mature students it’s always good to talk about what they are doing but it also helps if the people involved in the conversation know what they are talking about.  If your child comes home and talks about a maths problem would you listen and help where you can or at least give advice?

Generally I would say that most parents would but how many go that extra mile to sit down and explain the problem to help make it more clear?  Perhaps it is important for parents to fully understand the national curriculum and to actively get involved in their child’s education but if you can’t help then a private tutor would be something you can consider (of course this depends on money available).

Boys do not like reading long books

The telegraph.co.uk is reporting how teachers (not all teachers mind) are giving up trying to get school boys reading long books.

After the usual survey’s it seems it’s the teachers who are stating that getting the boys to ready books of more than 200 pages is hard so they are choosing shorter novels and plays to teach the young boys.

Prof Colin Terrell who is an educational psychologist has said that the boys will not read (I guess in general) more than 20 page of a novel but will read a sports section of a new paper.

Now if this really is a big problem across the UK then why don’t we allow school children to read something they might actually enjoy.  Surely it’s about educating the children and if that means reading some information about there local football team and it’s history (which no doubt a young boy in general will enjoy) they it’s worth doing in order to get the reading level up and at a good level?

Many people go back to school via training centres and will re-sit exams failed in school and I would say English would be quite high on the list.  I wonder if anyone has ever asked these people why they think they failed at school.  Would the answers be because they were not interested in reading novels or plays from years ago and would they of read more books if it was about something they could relate with?

life-saving skills taught in schools

The British Heart Foundation is asking the government to teach life saving skills in Schools.  The British Heart Foundation ran a survey and a large number of students wanted to learn some of the basic life saving skills.

So should schools teach children how to resuscitate someone, in a word yes.  At the moment there is nothing stopping schools from teaching this other than the school but by teaching these skills does this lead to problems.

You hear, from time to time, of someone preforming life saving skills on person only to have said person sue them afterwards.  It’s been brought up time and time again which is why there are a lot of people who no doubt could help in certain situations but don’t over fears of backlash.

Perhaps the problem highlighted above is due to someone helping but not actually knowing what they are fully doing which in turn leads to further problems down the line and perhaps if children are taught in schools or further education how to preform the life saving skills it would help everyone involved and lead to no backlash.

I for one believe it is important to teach these skills in schools or training centres even though most would never like to actually have to use them.

Trying to save money on a holiday

It’s been reported that a very large percent of parents are taking their children out of school early (before holidays) to go on holiday as it’s cheaper.

I don’t think this news is new to anyone as many families who are on a budget know that going on holiday ‘off peak’ is always cheaper saving them much needed money.

If you take your child out of school before the normal holidays to go on holiday you can be fined up to £100 but you generally get a discount if you pay this before 28 days have passed.  If you consider paying £50 or even £100 for doing this you will still no doubt save a lot more on the actual holiday meaning a good saving over all.

Looking at the overall picture most parents will do this regardless of the school fine as when the kids holidays start the prices of holidays go up so much it’s a bit of a joke.  Perhaps if holiday companies didn’t put the price up so much they many parents might consider keeping their children in school but of course the holiday companies don’t make as much profit meaning I can’t see it happening unless the government take some measures to ensure some form of price capping?

Fail Maths and English leads to extra study

I’ve been reading in guardian.co.uk that the education secretary Michael Gove wants students who fail Maths and English to study for an extra 2 years or take take high-quality alternative qualifications.

Would this work, would it even be put in place is more to the point.  Having students either sit in school for a extra two years or take a exam (keeping in mind that they have already failed in the eyes of Mr Grove’s) is no doubt going to be a non starter.

I do agree that it is important for students leaving school to have a good understanding of English and more so Maths but rather than make the students who fail take a second exam or ‘stay behind’ for a extra two years maybe they should look at slightly different teaching methods?

I think whats missing in Mr Grove’s strange review / solution is the fact that some children in our schools are just not interested in learning and hate every moment of school life and it’s these few who can drag down other children.  Would there be a way to change the minds of these children in question maybe.

Exams are easy?

It’s being reported that exams are to easy for students.  The exam results over the past 20 years or so have been on the up which either means the exams are to easy or children are getting smarter?

Ofqual have said they will look in to this  to see what the problem actually is but will they actually do anything about it?

If you ever look at the league tables for UK schools there are a large number of schools which do gain some very high marks but as always you will find many under the national average.

If exams are made harder what will happen to children who already find them hard?  Their marks will fall even lower meaning little chance of going to college / university and doing what they really want to which could seem unfair.

Welcome to the Education Blog

Welcome to the new Local Training Centres Blog.

Our blog has been setup to offer your the latest news from the UK with regards to education.  The news will cover everyone from your young child to a mature student.

We shall also be offering news from around the world along with various articles all relating to education.