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Pressing the classroom reset button

It can always be useful to use the first few lessons after the holidays to reassert rules and routines and to introduce new ones to keep pupils on their toes. This is especially true if you are working in a school with challenging behaviour and inconsistent application of the rules from class to class.

Are MATs testing the waters with employment contracts?

There’s been a number of news stories recently where some multi-academy trusts (MATs) have been testing employment changes to teachers’ pay and working conditions. These changes have looked at seeking changes to notice periods, sick pay, parental leave and probation.

How long do teachers need to teach to afford the ‘average priced’ house?

How long would it take for a teacher at the beginning of their career to save for a house deposit in England? I thought it would be an interesting experiment to calculate how long it would take for the ‘average teacher’ to save towards a house deposit for the ‘average’ house price in England.

Do teenagers really need to start school at 10am?

Are morning lessons redundant for secondary school children? I always thought that period 6 was the toughest time to teach with pupils itching to go home! E-petitions actually make a difference A debate, which featured in Parliament this week, originated from an e-petition launched from Hannah Kidner, an A-level student which gained significant press coverage….

Why the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures should be changed

Vince Cable has today requested a full consultation into the ACAS code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and this consultation is very much welcomed by Edapt. It is fundamental that all employees are treated equally under any disciplinary, grievance or legal process. 74% of people, in the UK, are not union members, and…

Why I think teachers deserve their 13 weeks holiday

Nothing is more annoying than arguing with non-school people about teachers’ holidays and hours. I’ve lost count of the time I’ve sat in a pub defending myself against the usual charges of “But you finish at 3pm” and “What do you need all those holidays for anyway?” But anyone wanting to debate whether teachers ought…