Month: October 2015

Why Early Mathematical Education is important

Maths and Numeracy are a key component of Early Years Education. They equip children with fundamental skills that will assist them not only in their further education but also in their personal, civic and professional life. What is Mathematical Education? Mathematical Education goes far beyond numerical operations and from the very early days of the Foundation Stage it helps children understand the world around. Thanks to developing mathematical skills such as reasoning and problem solving, children will be able to investigate and interpret situations around them, solve the problems that are meaningful to them, communicate their reasoning about the...

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Cultivating positive relationships between teacher and parent

With research showing that parental involvement positively supports children’s education and their achievement, the importance of the teacher-parent relationship is widely acknowledged and understood. Publications such as ‘The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education’ and ‘Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement’ highlight the benefits of forging good relationships with parents, and ways in which teachers can achieve this. Building a relationship with parents who want to be involved in their child’s education is comparatively easy to parents who, for one reason or another, are disengaged and uninvolved. In this article we’ll also look at ways teachers can encourage parents...

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Top 10 Fun Ways to Engage Children into Learning

Early years and primary school students learn best by experimenting and exploring the environments (Active Learning/ Experiential Learning), and to do so they make full use of their senses (Multi-Sensory Learning). They will always need lots of positive feedback to boost their confidence and to encourage them to explore their interests further (Positive Pedagogy). They also require enough space and freedom to satisfy their individual needs and preferences (Personalised Learning). Here’s 10 tips how to provide interesting learning opportunities for your students:  1. Creative Experiments Organise work and play area in your classroom in a way your students...

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Access to education – a fundamental human right Education Global Goals

Living and working in the UK, where students all have access to free education, it’s easy to take the national education system for granted and forget that there are millions of students worldwide who are denied an education. The statistics for children who grow up without a formal education are shocking – according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics an estimated 59 million children do not go to school and around 100 million children don’t complete primary education. Furthermore, some education systems are of such poor quality that an estimated 250 million children leave school without being able to...

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Teachers’ workplace challenges and solutions

Teaching can be a hugely satisfying profession and career choice. Those inspired to become teachers typically think of teaching as a vocation, one that offers variety and progression, with the opportunity to prepare pupils and students for greater things in life. Like any job, however, teaching is not without its challenges. Issues such as pupil behavior, long hours, excess paperwork and general workload challenges, can affect teachers’ overall effectiveness and perception of their ability to carry out their job. Teaching under challenging circumstances can also cause stress, and an unhealthy work-life balance. So, what are the solutions? We’ll take...

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