Online Tutoring The Way Forward
The resignation deadline for teachers wanting to leave at the end of this school year is only a few days away, leaving management to contemplate their recruitment strategy. As the retention crisis increases to it’s all time high, much time and effort is put in to getting teachers to sign up before the new year. Strategies such as golden handshakes, higher renumeration and recruiting in non-UK English speaking countries has its problems.
A high staff turnover and lack of teachers has results in the recruitment of teachers from Ireland and Australia. These countries have a glut of teachers and so competition to find first jobs is high. Teachers come to gain experience and give themselves a competitive edge against those who have no experience. This British experience is highly valued as teaching in the UK is known to be challenging, not least due to the increasing poor behaviour. Comments such as ‘we are here to cut our teeth’ and ‘if you can teach in England you can teach anywhere’ are not uncommon, even if misleading.
Recruitment from non-UK countries
This external recruitment all seems a good idea but often the fall out is hefty. Many teachers drop out due to being inadequately trained or experienced to manage our classroom environments. With the current audit heavy culture, the regular verbal abuse by ill-disciplined students and the lack of support, due to limited resources, many of these teachers are broken by the end of the first half-term. Their visions of a harmonious, respectful environment shattered and their spirits down. And what happens next? Some will dig deep and find their resolve, whilst others will fall by the wayside and return to whence they came.
The recruitment cycle begins again. However, in the mean time, students are provided with cover work and supervised by cover teachers. The work is often inadequate and not challenging. The lack of specialist teacher means the students can’t ask questions or have misconceptions corrected.
If the teacher survive the year and perhaps another one for good measure, they soon return to their native country with the edge of having survived the British school experience. Of course, this does nothing to improve learning and behaviour in our schools. The disruption is telling on students. Inconsistency in quality of lessons brings about frustration and resentment from students and their parents.
The costs of experienced teachers
The market position of ‘good’ teachers, particularly in high demand subjects, pushes renumeration costs up. It is not unusual for schools to spend 95% of their budgets on wages, leaving little left for the upkeep and repair of buildings and a pittance for resources such as books and technology.
To ensure your child gets a good education
Recently we heard that cash strapped schools could close one day a week to reduce running costs. And what is the future for our children’s education? The quality of education will affect the universities our children attends and their career choices. What can we do to ensure our children get good grades in their GCSE’s? Online tutoring is the way forward. As a response to demand, experienced teachers are turning to teaching online using simple technology.
How does it work?
There are a variety of ways teachers can tutor online:
- Online classrooms
- Online courses for students to access from home
- One-to-one online tutoring
Simple technology in the form of apps and platforms take just two minutes to downloaded from the internet and can be loaded onto iPads, Macs, or PC’s. This allows teacher and student to interact and answer questions, pose questions and discuss individual learning needs.
For more information about your child’s secondary education and to learn about services available to you, sign up to ‘Parents of Secondary School Children’ a free Facebook group for parents who want to receive updates, news and ideas on how to support their children at school. Better still, click on the website link www.sciencetutoronline.uk for latest offers and services available.