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Promoting literacy in schools

Promoting literacy in schools School closures in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions have had a disproportionate effect on disadvantaged pupils, which could reverse any progress made over the last decade to narrow the attainment gap. These children were already twice as likely as their better off peers to leave primary school unable to read or…

Tackling food poverty during Covid-19

Tackling food poverty during Covid-19 Fourteen per cent of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity in the six months up to August/September 2020, up from 11.5% before the pandemic. That’s according to research conducted by the New Food Foundation. The figure accounts for four million people, including 2.3 million children. While footballer Marcus Rashford…

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants Punam Sharma is a year 6 teaching assistant at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford. In 2019, she won a Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, in recognition of her contribution to children’s education and support. She offers those new to the profession some key advice to help set…

Emotional literacy support assistants – meeting children’s wellbeing needs

Emotional literacy support assistants – meeting children’s wellbeing needs. “The idea is to motivate children and engage them in understanding their emotions better. It’s a mixture of feelings and other difficulties we’re dealing with – anxiety, low self-esteem, sadness, angry feelings or non-compliance and friendship problems,” says Vanessa Biles, an emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA)…

Tackling the teaching assistant shortage

Tackling the teaching assistant shortage. Teaching assistants are in short supply – that’s according to the Skills and Employment Trend Report October 2020, published by the Skills Network. It shows that teaching assistant posts are the most sought after positions in the early years and education sectors – with the number of job postings totalling 40,965 between…

Why Teach in London?

Why Teach in London? The short answer is, ‘Why not!’ As the capital city of the United Kingdom, it’s huge, historic and immensely influential – economically, politically and culturally – so whether you’re from another part of the UK or anywhere around the world, it’s a great place to lay the foundations for your career….