Managing Aggression in the Classroom

Managing Aggression in the Classroom

Proactive Strategies for Managing Aggression in the Classroom Here we look at part 2 of understanding and managing aggression in the classroom. We have put together a 10 point guide of proactive strategies. Establish clear expectations and rules in the classroom....
Understanding Aggression in the Classroom

Understanding Aggression in the Classroom

Understanding aggression  in the classroom can be a real challenge. Have you ever found yourself face-to-face with an angry student, unsure of how to defuse the situation? It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s crucial that we address aggression head-on....
Teacher Pensions

Teacher Pensions

Its pension awareness week so here we look at some need-to-know information about teacher pensions. Pension awareness week was started to highlight that people in the UK are not saving enough for their futures. Currently in the UK, one in six are aged over 65 years....
Teaching children gratitude

Teaching children gratitude

It’s World Gratitude Day, on the 21st September, here’s some tips, which may help you with lesson planning if you intend to recognise on the day. Did you know that today is Random Act of Kindness Day? Did you know teaching children gratitude can help their...
International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day 8th September Did you know that International Literacy Day has been established since 1967? It was started in order to increase global awareness of the importance of literacy. Improved literacy is linked to better health, cognitive...
Why is literacy so important?

Why is literacy so important?

Today is ‘National Read A Book Day’ and it is ‘International Literacy Day’ on the 8th September. So, as we celebrate two literacy linked days this week, we thought we would look at why is literacy is so important. “From the day our children are born, to the day they...
Awareness Days

Awareness Days

Awareness days are a great opportunity for pupils to explore new topics, and to generate some classroom variation. Awareness days often need planning, so we’ve summarised all key dates for the first academic term. September Awareness Days 6th National Read A Book Day...
10 teacher preparation tips

10 teacher preparation tips

10 teacher preparation tips to help you start the new academic year. We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer break but now is the time to start thinking about those little tasks that will help you get a good start. So here are 10 teacher preparation tips to help you start...
Results summary 2023

Results summary 2023

Here is a quick A-level and GCSE results summary 2023, as well as how they compare to previous years. 10 need to know facts about A-level and GCSE results 2023. Numbers of A or A* grades awarded at A-level, have decreased by 27.2%. The number of top A-level grades...
Teacher CPD

Teacher CPD

This is a reminder to consider how you can plan some time over the summer to get ahead with your teacher CPD. Remember it’s part of your registration process and you can be at an advantage when applying for supply teaching jobs or permanent teacher roles. In addition,...
Cultural Education Plan Summary

Cultural Education Plan Summary

Here we give you an update on the Cultural Education Plan. The intention to have a Cultural Education Plan was first released as part of the white paper: Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child. 10-point Cultural Education Plan summary...
10 teacher wellbeing tips

10 teacher wellbeing tips

10 teacher wellbeing tips to make the most of your summer holidays. It’s world wellbeing week. Learn how to return to school in September 2023, feeling refreshed and energised, with our 10 teacher wellbeing tips. Plan when you are going to your CPD, and time...
Teachers’ workplace bullying

Teachers’ workplace bullying

Here we have listed a 10-point teachers’ workplace bullying management guide. Did you know that this week is anti-bullying week? You may have read are previous guide to managing bullying amongst pupils. If not, whether you are a teacher, TA, or teaching support staff,...
How to encourage pupils to read more

How to encourage pupils to read more

A teacher guide on how to encourage pupils to read over the summer We are soon approaching the end of the exam period and the beginning of the summer holidays, so here we discuss how to encourage pupils to read more over the summer . Teachers, and supply teaching...
Plastic free July

Plastic free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages individuals to reduce their plastic waste throughout the month of July. By participating in Plastic Free July, you can help combat plastic pollution and contribute to a cleaner environment. There are numerous...
Learning Disability Week

Learning Disability Week

About Learning Disability Week This year, Learning Disability Week 2023 starts on the 19th and finishes on the 25th of June. The focus of this years is about ‘busting myths about living life with a learning disability.’ Did you know that people who have a learning...
Drowning Prevention Week

Drowning Prevention Week

About Drowning Prevention Week Did you know that the annual Drowning Prevention Week takes place from June 17th to June 24th 2023? It was started by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to help prevent the number of avoidable lives lost through drowning in the...
A teacher guide to gender definitions

A teacher guide to gender definitions

A teachers reminder of Gender definitions Here we have a  teacher guide to gender definitions. We now live in a society that embraces individuality, rather than generalisations according to the mainstream. A person is encouraged to have a sense of self due to how they...
Butterfly Awareness Day

Butterfly Awareness Day

Did you know that International Butterfly Awareness Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of June every year? This year International Butterfly Awareness Day is on the 3rd of June. Teaching Opportunities Firstly, it provides an opportunity to teach children about...
NFER summary for teachers

NFER summary for teachers

Here we look at NFER summary for teachers but who are NFER? NFER stands for the National Foundation for Educational Research. They research various aspects within the education sector and released a report in March 2023. The report: Teacher Labour Market in England,...
Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

The 15th of May to Sunday the 21st of May is Mental Health Awareness Week. Fortunately, there is a growing awareness and willingness to talk about mental health issues, however we can always go further. Mental health awareness week seeks to encourage everyone to talk...
Europe day

Europe day

Have you heard of Europe day and how it started? Europe Day is held on the 9th of May every year throughout the world and celebrates unity across Europe. It first came about when French foreign minister Robert Schuman made an important speech where he set out the idea...
Schools Alumni Week

Schools Alumni Week

What is Schools Alumni Week? You may not be aware that the first ever Schools Alumni Week is being held from April 24th to the 28th 2023. It is being launched by Future First, an education charity to highlight the need for pupils to have relatable role models....
Early Years Teachers

Early Years Teachers

National Early Years Teacher Day Did you know today is National Early Years Teacher Day? It is an opportunity to celebrate Early Years Teachers and the setting they work in. Early Years Teachers are specialists with youngsters up to the age of 5 years old. Graduates...
Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Did you know that April is stress awareness month? Since 1992, stress awareness month has been held to raise awareness to decrease stigma, increase understanding and encourage people to talk. For teaching staff, including early years, primary, secondary and college...
About school gardens

About school gardens

Here we look at the benefits of school gardens and how to get started. Did you know Community Garden Week, 2023 starts today? If you are a supply teacher, primary school teacher, T.A or are a SEN teacher or SEND Teaching Assistant, you may already be involved in...
School Art Syllabus

School Art Syllabus

Who should read the School Art Syllabus report? Here we explore the latest report on  School Art Syllabus. Are you an art teacher, primary teacher, SEN teacher or supply teacher with responsibility for art education? Did you know that Ofsted recently published a...
Finding ECT jobs

Finding ECT jobs

ECTs first teaching jobs Here we look at finding your first ECT job. Are you an Early Careers Teacher, almost at the end of your university course?  Are you looking for an ECT role, either a permanent ECT job or a supply ECT teaching placement? Firstly, you may be...
British Science Week 2023

British Science Week 2023

When and what is ‘British Science Week’ ? Did you know British Science Week 2023, runs for 10 days from the 10th to the 19th of March? It celebrates science, technology, engineering as well as maths and is run by the British Science Association. This...
SEND report summary

SEND report summary

Here we have a SEND report summary based on the government paper released recently. Are you a SEND teacher, a SENCo or primary teacher, either permanent or supply? If so, you may be interested in our 10 need to know facts about this long-awaited government SEND...
International Literacy Day

World Book Day

About World Book Day World Book Day is celebrated on the 2nd March 2023 with the theme this year of making it YOUR World Book Day. Organised by the United Nation’s Education and Science sector, it first started in the UK in 1997. It helps teachers, T.A.s, supply...
Eating Disorder Awareness

Eating Disorder Awareness

Its Eating Disorder Awareness Week and here we look at information for teachers and free resource links. What is Eating Disorder Awareness Week and why do we need to discuss it in schools? Eating Disorder Awareness week centres on educating people on spotting the...
Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year: Poppy Burnside We are delighted to announce that the Young Professionals Apprentice of the Year 2023, was won by OEG’s very own Poppy Burnside. You may not be aware that this was the inaugural event for the Young Professional Awards, Insider,...
 Children’s Mental Health Week

 Children’s Mental Health Week

 About Children’s Mental Health Week This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, from Feb 6th to the 12th. It’s an ideal time for Teachers and Teaching Assistants as well as Senior leadership teams to focus on children’s wellbeing. The theme this year is...
NSPCC Number Day

NSPCC Number Day

Its NSPCC Number Day in the UK! Did you know that on Friday 3 February 2023 its NSPCC Number Day? This is an opportunity for teachers and T.A.s to focus on maths whilst fundraising. What is NSPCC Number Day? The idea of NSPCC is to raise awareness of abuse of children...
Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Big Schools’ Birdwatch

What it is the Big Schools’ Birdwatch? Did you know that from the 6th of January to the 20th of February, you can be a part of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch? Firstly, the big birdwatch is a national event that takes place annually to log numbers of birds that...
Chinese New Year 2023

Chinese New Year 2023

Why not teach school pupils about Chinese New Year 2023? Firstly, it can be a great opportunity for teachers and supply teachers to offer lots of different and fun activities. You can try to do some artwork, learn about Chinese culture, learn about Chinese foods as...
Sexism in schools

Sexism in schools

Sexism in schools: the rise of Andrew Tate. Why has sexism in schools become so relevant now? Did you know that schools have reported an increase in sexism, sexual abuse and hatred towards girls? In addition, are you aware of the recent Ofsted report? The report found...
Life after Leadership: 2

Life after Leadership: 2

Life after Leadership: part 2 Here we introduce you to our next podcast episode – Life after Leadership: 2, the follow-up to our earlier Life after Leadership. Our interviewee, is Gay Wales, an experienced leader of strategic change who is passionate about...
New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

How to write and stick to New Year Resolutions Did you know that about half of New Year resolutions that we make fail? We may start the year with good intentions only for them to fall off our agenda. Most of us, including teachers and supply teachers have busy...
10 teacher wellbeing tips

Teacher wellbeing over Christmas

How teaching staff can unwind over the Christmas period. Did you know that it not that uncommon for teachers, TAs and other teaching staff to put their pupils before themselves? Consequently, this can make many have difficulty unwinding. Sometimes teaching staff can...
Life after Leadership 1

Life after Leadership 1

A summary of our latest podcast episode – Life after Leadership:1 Here we take a look at life after leadership: 1. Firstly, leaving an education leadership role can be a difficult transition. In addition, it can be hard to know when the right time to leave is,...
Computer Science Education

Computer Science Education

What is Computer Science Education week? Firstly, do you know this week is Computer Science Education week? Do you know how did it start and why? Starting in 2009 by the Association for Computing, it is a global event that now focuses on the importance of computer...
World Cup teaching ideas

World Cup teaching ideas

As the FIFA World Cup started at the weekend, we thought we would list 10 of the best teaching football World Cup teaching ideas. Using world cup themed lesson plans is a great way to engage students. I think you will agree that there will be a lot of students who...
Leadership through change

Leadership through change

Episode 3: Leadership through change and adapting to an ever-changing educational world with Tanya Watts The education landscape is ever-changing. In particular, over the last two years, we’ve seen more tremendous change than ever. Furthermore, it takes strong...
Social Media Kindness Day

Social Media Kindness Day

Did you know that today is Social Media Kindness Day? This day has been set up in honour of the late Love Island UK presenter Caroline Flack. Sadly, Caroline was reported to have suffered from online abuse and “trolling” which contributed to her state of mind and...
Attainment gap study

Attainment gap study

Here we look at a recent attainment gap study, led jointly by University College London and the Sutton Trust. The study tracked 13,000 pupils in England through the pandemic and aims to follow them in the coming years. As you have probably guessed, the study concluded...
New Education Minister

New Education Minister

Here we go again! Another guide to the recently appointed new Education Minister. Did you know that this is the fifth Minister for Education in the last 3 months? Sadly, it’s hard to keep up to date with government changes and different ministers of whose doing what....
Organised Teacher Guide

Organised Teacher Guide

Organised Teacher Guide – some tips and free downloadable digital calendar with holidays and awareness days to help with lesson planning. If you look at any advice or tips on how to be a better teacher, the one thing on all lists is organisation. For any...
10 teacher wellbeing tips

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day aims to make people aware of the importance of mental health and to help de-stigmatise it. First celebrated in 1992, organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, the theme this year is to ‘Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a...
Education Leadership Abroad

Education Leadership Abroad

Education Leadership abroad is explored in the second instalment of our podcast series – Inspirational Education Leaders. Episode 2: International Schools: The challenge of Leading Abroad with Clive Rogers If you have ever considered leading a school abroad but have...
New Education Minister

New Education Minister

New Education Minister New Education Minister: Did you know there have been 4 different Ministers for Education in the last 2 months? It’s hard to keep up to date with changes but everyone is hoping the latest one stays for, much needed stability. So, to help you keep...
Teacher Pensions

School budget pressures

School budget pressures School budget pressures and their impact can be complex to understand and can change depending on a range of factors. The pressures can affect curriculum delivery to building repairs. A recent study by ‘The Institute of Fiscal...
T.A. interview questions

T.A. interview questions

T.A. interview questions Its Teaching Assistant’s Day and here, we look at the 6 most common areas of T.A. interview questions. A Teaching Assistant’s role involves many skills and attributes, but common themes emerge of what interviewers may want to explore in an...
SEND pupils and the Queen’s death

SEND pupils and the Queen’s death

SEND pupils and the Queen’s death SEND pupils and the Queen’s death; so many of us are feeling sad and it can be difficult to explain. So, here is a storyboard for SEND teachers to explain all the events and feelings about the Queen’s death. We have...
Children and the Queen’s death

Children and the Queen’s death

Children and the Queen’s death – how teachers can support children Children and the Queen’s death: The death of Queen Elizabeth II has triggered much sadness across the country and beyond. Reports of her death and funeral arrangements dominate the news as...
Education Leaders Podcast

Education Leaders Podcast

Introducing OELR’s new Education Leaders  Podcast We have had an amazing response following the premiere of our new Education Leaders Podcast series – Inspirational Education Leaders. So we wanted make sure you are not missing out on our monthly podcast series....
5 WAYS TO SHARE MATH WITH KIDS

5 WAYS TO SHARE MATH WITH KIDS

Mathematics is not about following rules, it’s about playing—and exploring, fighting, looking for clues, and sometimes even breaking things, according to Dan Finkel. In this playful, inspiring talk, the founder of Math for Love offers teachers and parents alike a...
Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

Please download Keeping Children Safe Government policy which was updated on 1st September 2023, read it carefully and keep for future reference. What is the status of this guidance for Keeping Children Safe ? This is statutory guidance from the Department for...
Results summary 2023

GCSE Results Summary

GCSE Results Summary Here we have compiled a GCSE results summary containing 10 need to know facts about this year’s results performance compared to other years, as well as regional differences. Top grades in GCSE results have fallen since last year by 3%. The...
Results summary 2023

A-level Results Summary

Results summary 2022 Results summary for 2022, with facts and figures about ‘a’ level results compared to previous years and what this tells us. Here are interesting facts about our results summary 2022. Facts about the popularity of subjects Mathematics was the most...
ECT Supply teaching tips

ECT Supply teaching tips

ECT supply teaching tips. We asked our supply ECTs for their best ECT supply teaching tips and here is our top 5. ECT Supply Teaching Tips: “Research some recruitment agencies before you register, spending the time to choose a good agency will save you time in the...
Finding ECT jobs

Finding the right role

Finding the right role as an ECT Our ECT tips guides you through how to find your first supply teaching role Your ECT tips on finding the right role for you is important as its essential you are placed in the best role to begin with because your first teaching...
T.A. interview questions

Why ECTs should choose supply teaching

WHY ECTS SHOULD CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING? Starting your career as an ECT and working as a supply teacher gives you the perfect platform to gain real classroom experience, whilst getting all the support you need to help you through your induction year. ECTs tell us that...
10 findings on the attainment gap

10 findings on the attainment gap

Here are our 10 findings on the attainment gap and on pupils who are most affected due to the impact of Covid, according to latest research. Latest research Latest research compared current academic attainment with 2019 levels. The Nuffield Foundation-funded study...
DBS Policy

DBS Policy

The safety of children and young people is paramount, and The Education Specialists are committed to implementing the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) procedures and arrangements. We will comply with the DBS Code of Practice and National Care Standards guidance regarding...
Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy

All organisations that process personal data are required to comply with data protection legislation. This includes in particular the Data Protection Act 1998 (or its successor) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (together the ‘Data Protection Laws’). The...
10 tips to cool down

10 tips to cool down

10 tips to cool down Do you know how to keep children cool in the pending heatwave? As we will see temperatures soar in the early part of this week, we have listed 10 tips to help keep children cool. 10 tips to cool down are summarised from the advice issued from the...
Allegations Policy

Allegations Policy

This policy gives details of what action we will take when such concerns are raised with us and should be raised alongside our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Complaints Policy, Safer Recruitment policy and Whistleblowing policy. Allegations &...
Complaints Policy

Complaints Policy

Operam Education Group (OEG) is committed to providing a high level of service to our customers. If you do not receive satisfaction from us, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE If you have a complaint,...
ECT Supply teaching tips

Improve writing within Primary schools

How to encourage and improve writing within Primary schools. Improve writing within Primary schools:10 tips/resources for teaching staff to encourage and improve writing within Primary schools. Its national writing day and we all know how much the pandemic has...
Cultural Education Plan Summary

10 facts School Leaders should know

10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper. 10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper, as we celebrate School Business Leaders’ Day. On the 10th June 2022, we celebrate National...
Europe day

World Environmental Day 2022

World Environmental Day 2022 It’s World Environmental Day 2022,  and this year the theme is there is ‘Only One Earth.’ Started by the United Nations to raise awareness of environmental issues across the globe, World Environmental Day encourages people to...
Social Media Kindness Day

10 ways to teach pupils media literacy

Here are our 10 ways to teach pupils media literacy. Media literacy is the understanding of information via radio, film, tv, gaming, influencers, and especially social media, heavily used by so many young people. According to a recent report by the All-Party...
Education Leadership Recruitment launch

Education Leadership Recruitment launch

We are delighted to announce our Operam Education Leadership Recruitment launch, which is a new bespoke service offering from the Operam Education Group, that focuses on sourcing and hiring inspirational leaders for their current and future partner clients. Although...
How to support students with exam stress

How to support students with exam stress

As exam season approaches, it is normal for students to feel a bit worried about exams, however, a lot of pupils are experiencing higher degrees of anxiety this year. The disruption to their education, the stamina required for online learning during lockdowns and the...
OEG appoints its first Apprentice Ambassador

OEG appoints its first Apprentice Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed our first Apprentice Ambassador, Poppy Burnside, from our West Yorkshire branch, who first joined OEG as a Service Administrator Apprentice, at 17 years old. Poppy decided that she wanted to work and earn money in...
10 teacher wellbeing tips

A Supply teacher guide to managing burnout

As recent research indicates that the number of teachers leaving the profession have returned to pre-pandemic levels, we look at tips for managing burnout and a healthy work/life balance. Don’t be self-critical if you are feeling burnt-out, we’ve experienced...
Sexism in schools

Equality and diversity in the classroom

Equality and diversity, refers to accepting and promoting people’s differences whilst securing no-one is marginalised due to factors such as their age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or race. Raising awareness of the notion that all individuals...
The Equality Act 2010 and teaching

The Equality Act 2010 and teaching

The government has recently released ‘Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’, following findings of the Sewell report in March 2021. Education and schools are addressed within the report in notably two areas: the...
SEND principles of learning

SEND principles of learning

Pressures of the pandemic means added pressure for the SEND teacher and yet it remains one of the most rewarding education sectors to work within, we are sure many of our SEND supply teachers would agree. There are countless resources designed for the wide spectrum of...
British Science week: resources and ideas

British Science week: resources and ideas

British science week was developed to raise awareness and encourage education, training and careers in STEM subjects. It lasts 10 days and celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths. Research suggests that there are a shortage of STEM teachers and that...
10-point guide to teaching about political issues

10-point guide to teaching about political issues

Following recent events regarding a primary school class who wrote letters to the prime minister, asking him to resign, the government have reminded schools about their legal duties in relation to impartiality when teaching political issues. Whatever your views about...
Covid Rules update for England

Covid Rules update for England

Going on holiday over half term? Since we are approaching half term and Covid rules in England have changed, we thought we would give you a brief reminder of regulations and advice as of the 11th of February. For everyone who is fully vaccinated, you now do not need...
British Science week: resources and ideas

10 time management tips for secondary sector

Secondary supply teachers are needed more than ever, but pressures of the pandemic mean extra tasks and demands on an already busy workload. So here we have put together some time management tips to keep you on top of things: Set clear goals It’s easy to fall into the...