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Black Teachers Connect
Without good teachers we wouldn’t have an education system like we do today. It has been a constant rhetoric lately that teachers have been leaving the profession due to the heavy workload, stress and tiredness and really the profession being somewhat undervalued. Despite this over 27’000 people were on an initial teacher training course in 2016/17, (DFE, 2016/17) people clearly still WANT to be teachers.
But what is the first-hand experience of teaching? First – teaching is hard. There seems to be an assumption that everyone can teach, and this is really not the case. From early mornings and late nights – teaching is not for the faint hearted – but one thing that the profession is: is that it is rewarding. There is nothing like helping a student to reach their goals and for you to see how much they appreciate you for that! So, if you have ever considered a career in teaching or you just generally want to see what life is like for a teacher, carry on reading!
A small snippet of a teacher’s day might look like this:
Most teachers will get into school at the latest 8am – most teachers will be in school from about 7:30. This is often due the preparation that you must do for classes – lesson planning. Lesson planning is often the bulk of teachers work as the average teaching time per week is 24-27 hours. Teachers have to make sure their lessons suit all pupils, prepare resources and actually ensure that students learn.
Teachers may often undertake break or lunch duty throughout the day, mark books and exams or undertake extra revision sessions for students. They will have to call parents and also make sure their students wellbeing is good. Teachers also respond to on average at least 20-30 emails a day! It can definitely be hectic. Aside from the school day being 9 until about 3:30pm. Teachers must attend staff meetings and professional development meetings. On average, depending on how your days go, sometimes teachers do not leave the school until about 5:30pm/6pm. It can be time consuming and stressful. But again WORTH IT. Everyday in teaching is different, it never gets boring!
Here at Black Teachers Connect – we give advice to teachers and encourage teachers to connect with each other. We are also encouraging black teachers to enter the profession! Teachers MAKE the future generation and if you have a passion for young people and education – teaching may be for you. We encourage shadowing a teacher for a day or doing some work experience as a teaching assistant.
Figures obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) show just 7.6% of teachers in state schools in England are people of colour compared with almost 25% of pupils. If we proceed to breakdown figures even further around 2% of the teacher workforce according to DfE are defined as ‘Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other and around 1.5% are of a mixed heritage background. That’s around 20’000 teachers out of near enough 500’000. WE NEED BLACK TEACHERS.
To find out more about how to get into teaching follow us on twitter @blackteachersconnect and check out the Government website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/