Key Skills Education works closely with secondary schools across the ability range endeavouring to secure the perfect solution to their recruitment needs. It follows that many of our client schools may well present additional challenges within the classroom. Over the years these schools have been increasingly referred to as challenging schools.
These challenges can be wide ranging in nature and include:
– serving areas of severe socio-economic disadvantage
– having a high proportion of pupils with special educational needs (SEN)
– meeting the needs of pupils who speak languages other than English
This topic has recently been addressed by The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) at a seminar held at the Burlington Danes Academy, where key note speakers and case study speakers provided valuable insight and thoughts on the issues that challenging schools face.
It was noted that if the teaching profession is to succeed in narrowing the attainment gaps which exist between children from different backgrounds, it must be ensured that children, particularly those with additional needs, are taught by the most effective professionals.
The seminar targeted “the fact and the fiction” behind common perceptions surrounding the focus on challenging schools, namely the “huge misconceptions” about what they are.
It has been proven over the last few years that so-called challenging schools can be turned around very quickly but to help pupils fulfil their potential these schools need the very best teachers and leaders.
The “biggest myth” is that children in these schools don’t want to learn and they display this through poor behaviour and disruption in the classroom. Yet the truth of the matter is that “a good lesson will always capture the hearts and the minds of all the children in the class”
Teachers should not be deterred by the perceived challenges of working in schools with high numbers of disadvantaged children. The career opportunities and the experiences one can acquire teaching in this environment are some of the best you can hope to achieve. Teachers can hone their skills and get the sense of achievement that every teacher wants when starting their career.
Teaching in these schools, one can benefit from greater support and acquire new skills which will put them in good stead for their teaching career and can indeed enhance their career prospects. Things happen at a really fast pace and opportunities come in through the front door that won’t exist in other teaching environments. One speaker noted that 2 or 3 years teaching in a challenging inner-city London school is equivalent to 10 years in any other authority across the country.
If you want to make a difference to children’s lives and know you have the ability to capture the hearts and minds of your students, please check out our current vacancies.