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Newly qualified teachers report higher levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction compared to other graduates, but are more likely to say hard work is

The study, published recently in the British Journal of Educational Studies unrewarded, according to new UCL research.

teachers work, on average, nine hours more a week compared to graduates and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, also shows that newly qualified

16,000 people born in 1989-90 from the Next Steps cohort study. The study Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education analysed data of around in other professions.

age 26 the final sample of teachers who had been in the job for up to three began in 2004 and has continued to track individuals into their twenties. By

years was 291.

“This is of particular concern because not only are teachers feeling undervalued, many schoolteachers and heads are saying this is directly affecting and harming the quality of education pupils receive.”

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Teachers were asked questions about their wellbeing, health, working and social lives as well as whether they believed that hard work in Britain is rewarded.

Lead author, Professor John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education), said: "We are currently seeing a shortage of appropriately qualified teachers, particularly in secondary schools, and we wanted to find out why so many are leaving the profession.

STEMtheme toWorld Book Day at StMary’s’s Lower School

To celebrateWorld Book Day on Thursday 5March, StMary’s Lower School girls went to school dressed as someone they had read about, inspiring career in ndMaths) subject

one of the STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering a either fictional or real, who they think has had a truly


As well as helping pupils further develop their love of reading, the aim was to raise the profile of the many STEMcareers that young girls can aspire to.Women are still incredibly under-represented in these areas and StMary’s wants to see that change.

“There are girls in StMary’s right now who could grow up to cure cancer, explore a new galaxy or discover a new type of energy!” saidMrs Taylor-Howse, Science Co-ordinator at StMary’s Lower School. Characters included astronomers, scientists, engineers and doctors as well as famous faces from history including Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, Katherine Johnson and Florence Nightingale to name The day will be followed by a ScienceWeek full of

exciting activities at a few.

StMary’s Lower School, including a forensic science workshop, plant study and bridge building challenge, to help further inspire the girls.

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Neweducational platf

that includes the micro:bit classroom. This unique launched a new free online educational platform funding from its founding partner Nominet, has TheMicro:bit Educational Foundation, with

from computing aficionados to first-time coders – The core aim is to empower all UK teachers – planning, share ideas and save teachers’ time. comprehensive educational resources to aid tool, designed for schools, contains

to bring foundational computing concepts, computational thinking skills and aspirations into

computer uses tech industry standard hardware lessons via the BBC micro:bit. This pocket-sized

temperature and light sensors and a compass. It with features including an LED display, motion,

Bluetooth which can be programmed to send and has wireless communication using radio and



broadens access to computing education and saves teachers time

receive data between devices. One million of these devices have been sent to UK schools since 2016.

Time-saving features are built into the new platform meaning the BBC micro:bit basics can be learned by any teacher in just an hour. using micro:bit classroom takes just tw

o minutes, Set up

offering a single online space where all student work is visible live, to be easily resumed at any point.

The Foundation has ambitious plans to democratise technology and broaden young people’s access to successful digital futures, beginning with computing education using the BBC micro:bit. It is committed to introducing every UK child to the creative possibilities of coding and the applications of technology to their real-world

experience, so they become designers and creators, not just consumers of technology. DeanWild, a teacher at Churchill Community

micro:bit helped them [students] to grasp more College in Newcastle said: “Using the BBC

complex computing projects, stretching their minds and making them think.” March 2020

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