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Title: Celebrations or Commiserations?!
Date: 15 August 2013


So, today is A-level results day... Some of us here in the Valley Education office can still remember picking up our results from school, as if it was yesterday! The feeling of dread sweeping over you, as you walked in to the Headteacher's office to pick up your brown envelope containing the results of the last two year's hard work (or not as the case may be!).

 

I still remember the feeling of opening the envelope and seeing the printer paper displaying my grades. One quick look told me all I needed to know and I immediately starting thinking of how I was going to break the news to my parents! I would not be going to University, that is for sure! Needless to say, their reaction was not good and they were obviously disappointed.

 

Just how should parents react on results day? This is a great article on how parents should avoid saying the wrong thing. I particularly like number 3 - 'Changing your Facebook status to Gutted' ! A sign of the times I think!

 

Read the article here -

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23435441

 

Just for the record, I did get my results the second time round and succesfully completed my degree, learning a lot of other life skills along the way! Whatever the outcome today, there are always options that will help you to achieve your hopes and dreams.

 
Title: Welsh Education is Making Progress despite Tough Economic Times
Date: 18 June 2013


From the introduction of digital technology in primary schools to the government’s programme for education scheme, Welsh education is improving despite tough economic times.

Despite difficult economic times and considerable senior management changes, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said that Wales is making progress in “the most difficult economic circumstances”.  Referring to the Programme for Government scheme, Jones asserted that progress is being made in a number of industries, including education.

The goals of the Programme for Education scheme are as follows:

-Improve early years’ experience

-Improve pupil’s skillsets and achievements

-Develop and promote Welsh education

-Improve both higher and further education

-Improve social and economic well-being in order to achieve improved attainment

The 2013 progress report shows the number of pupils achieving 5 Grade A* to C GCSE’s is on the rise as is the number of pupils staying on at school for further education. However to catch up with thriving international education, the government have expressed the need to ‘accelerate’ improvement.

The Masters in Educational Practice process launched in September 2012 with the aim to enhance professional practice and some 430 qualified teachers have been  enrolled on the course. There has also been an increase in Educational Maintenance Loans for prospective students who wish to study education at University.

One of the key action features in primary school schemes is the introduction of digital technology into primary classrooms. The digital scheme otherwise known as ‘the Hub+ system’ has been on trial since December 2012 and Glyn Rogers, a geography teacher who is one of the beta testers for the system has said that the schemes primary aims are to “encourage independent learning”. 

This unconventional scheme not only allows students to showcase their work on a classroom-public web portal, but gives other students the chance to rate and discuss their work. This is a bold move but one which promotes active discussion, there is even a ‘worry box’ where pupils are able to voice any concerns they may be having in confidence.

One of the most crucial factors in education development is making sure that schools are fully equipped with qualified and competent teachers. Specialist education recruitment agencies are integral to placing the right employees in the right schools. Face to face interviews, working closely with head teachers and gaining insight into the local area and school are all contributing factors.

Whether you’re searching for teaching jobs in Bridgend, Swansea or right across South Wales, Valley Education have over 10 years’ experience in the educational field. Why not take a look at our vacancies page to see a range of teaching jobs South Wales.

 

 
Title: Screen or Print?
Date: 16 May 2013


A UK survey that was recently carried out by the National Literary Trust suggests that 52% of the young people that took part, prefer reading on screen rather than in print.

 

Personally, the Valley Team like nothing more than settling down with a good book in hand! What do you prefer?

 

Read more here:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22540408

 
Title: Pressures faced by young pupils in today's society
Date: 18 April 2013


Interesting article on the ways that changes in society and social media have had an impact on the happiness of young children in Wales.

 

The carefree days that were experienced by many who grew up in the 70s, 80s and even 90s, seem to have been left behind!

 

Read more here:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/two-thirds-children-unhappy-according-2518977

 

 
Title: It's official - The new University of South Wales
Date: 11 April 2013


Today sees the official launch of the University of South Wales.

 

Combining five campuses and over 33,000 students, the University of South Wales has been created by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and Newport. Many have mourned the loss of the communities that had been created in the Universities but the merger could bring lots of benefits with new courses and facilities on offer, as well as putting Wales on the map!

What do you think?

 

Read more here -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22102506

 
The service we receive from Valley Education is excellent. Responses are immediate, both during working hours and during evenings and weekends. Excellent communication is a key feature of the service provided by valleys, along with the personalised service where nothing is too much trouble.
Cath Jones
Headteacher
Heolgerrig Primary
Merthyr Tydfil