Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong development disorder that effects the way a person communicates, relates to other people and how they express themselves. Children with autism experience the world around them differently to other children and need specialised support and understanding to engage with...

Social media and newspapers are forever talking about the high charges agencies place on schools to cover sickness absences and paint agencies in a bad light.  But, is it really exploitation or a lack of understanding?  In Hertfordshire there are 646 schools of which 494 are primary schools.  The number of...

Teacher retention is a serious issue at every level in the UK. It also comes at a time when attracting new people to the profession is difficult and pupil numbers are rising. The Government needs to come up with a solution quickly that will reduce the...

In a recent NEU survey 80% of classroom teachers reported that they had seriously considered leaving the profession in the past year. More worryingly a second poll found that only 50% consider that they will still be working in teaching in 10 years. The statistics indicate...

The National Education Union (NEU) has taken a close look at the workload that support staff in schools deal with. The results are quite alarming and showcase why so many teaching assistants, administrators and other professionals can struggle. The survey asked 1,700 people for insights into their...

In March the new education secretary Damian Hinds made an important revelation at a conference of head teachers in Birmingham. He explained that there would be no more changes to testing at primary, GSCE and A-level. The hope is that this will reduce the workload of...

The New Year is a great time for reflection and planning ahead. In the education sector a lot of energy is going in to thinking about what resolutions may be needed to improve standards. As one of the leading names for primary provision specialising in primary...

Working as a teaching assistant in a primary school can be an incredibly rewarding career pursuit. It gives you the chance to support children at the very earliest stages of their education, helping them to find their passion for learning. The role can be very diverse...

According to the official Department for Education (DfE) figures, in the last academic year a huge 85% of the teachers working in primary schools and nurseries were female. In fact at the majority of schools with 9 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) members of the teaching...