According to the DfE’s School Workforce in England statistics, the total number of teachers across the country has fallen by 1.2%, and the rate of educators entering and leaving the sector has balanced. With this in mind, it’s more important than ever that the value of being a teacher is made clear to both graduates and those considering a change of career.
Teaching is so much more than a job and a salary. In fact, it’s imperative that anyone thinking about training to become a teacher understands the responsibility involved and how this will impact on each student, both now and in the future. We truly believe that teachers are superheroes, as their work goes way beyond simply following the curriculum. Below are some of the special powers that come with the role.
Thinking, not just memorising
Whilst some learning areas are heavily dependent on memory, such as times tables and historical dates, the ability to analyse and explore topics is just as crucial. A child’s education must integrate knowledge and curiosity in equal measure, giving pupils the confidence to follow their passions and become the next generation of leaders and discoverers.
A world of perspectives
Even the smallest school in a remote village should teach its pupils to broaden their horizons and see their world from many angles. This covers the whole spectrum of daily life, including countless cultural, social, environmental and religious topics. It also applies to learning and behavioural differences, so that each child understands that people learn, think and express themselves in unique ways, encouraging tolerance and celebration.
A teacher should help pupils to recognise why mutual respect is the backbone of society and the enabler of strong interpersonal communications. It’s easy for children to be disrespectful, especially to one another, as the untethered sharing of opinions is only natural at their age. However, in order for them to work well in groups, build long-lasting friendships and get the best start in life, they must appreciate that respect is a two-way street.
What, where, when, why, who and how
A good teacher doesn’t just know that questions will be asked, they welcome them with open arms. It’s true that lots of queries can sometimes take a class off topic, but by applying effective time management you can promote a learning environment that revolves around inquisitiveness as much as it does instruction.
Patience, compassion and sharing
The classroom isn’t just about learning facts, figures, forms and functions. As a teacher, we support and guide children in their journey to becoming kind, helpful, driven, emotionally intelligent and well-rounded adults.
People often say that school days are the best days of your life – take this as both inspiration and a challenge, with the mission of making school an amazing time for every pupil, whilst giving them the skills and ambition to make their futures even better.
Teachers, rejoice and be proud of your superhero powers! What do you think is the most important role of a teacher? Let us know on your social media channels by tagging us #TeachNorthwest on Twitter and Facebook.