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Current challenges facing Primary School teachers

Discussion in 'Primary' started by gem17, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Hi everyone! I've just found out I've got an interview for a Primary PGCE - I have to do an interview on current challenges and problems for Primary teachers. I would appreciate any advice!!

    Thanks xxx
     
  2. Hi everyone! I've just found out I've got an interview for a Primary PGCE - I have to do an interview on current challenges and problems for Primary teachers. I would appreciate any advice!!

    Thanks xxx
     
  3. Ezzie

    Ezzie Occasional commenter

    Challenges and problems - crikey, where to start! Well, here are a few things forefront in my mind at the moment:

    Raising achievements/standards (especially in writing)

    Effective and meaningful target setting and assessment

    differentiation in planning/personalised learning

    behaviour management (including parents and other members of staff!)

    keeping on top of all the paperwork AND teaching a full curriculum

    after school clubs, paretns evenings,the Christmas play, not spending enough time with my own children etc, etc

    Sounds a bit pessimistic, didn't mean it to be, still think it's the best job in the world!

    Good luck with your PGCE!




     
  4. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    Every Child Matters

    Extended Day

    Working with other childrens services - Health and Social Services


     
  5. Thanks so much for those points! I've been reading the TES and trying to find info on the internet but didn't come up with much so thankyou! x
     
  6. slippeddisc

    slippeddisc New commenter

    Challenging behaviour.

    Class sizes is my major issue. Classes either too large so you can give very little personal attention to children or class sizes so small that they end up joining groups into mixed age classes.
     
  7. I also have an interview for Primary PGCE coming up next week, Behaviour management is also an issue which is in the highlights lately and the ATL ( Association of Teachers and Lecturer's) have shown in a recent survey that 3/4 of teachers have admitted that they are finding teaching more difficult due to disruptive and agressive behaviour from children.
    Best of luck for the interview :)
     
  8. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    The OPs interview was over 4 years ago but good luck to you
     
  9. But the issues posted by Ezzie have remain much the same, haven't they?
    Making sense of the endless debates about how best to teach reading and writing
    is another perennial.

     
  10. Thanks Ezzie for the tips.
     
    • There is currently an emphasis on English and Mathematics in primary schools. What distinctive contribution can the wider curriculum make to the primary school experience?
      Can anyone help me with a suitable answer for the above question?
     
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You might like to take a look at the 'STEAM' curriculum ' an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.' and stress how we need 'rounded individuals' able to develop their own critical thinking.
     
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  12. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    Linked to this iSTEM+ which is linking STEM across the whole curriculum.

    https://tv.theiet.org/?videoid=10786
    Cases studies -
    https://sites.google.com/leightonpark.com/istem-leightonpark/home
    http://gomerjuniorschool.co.uk/gstem-istem/
     
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