Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Smaller Classroom Learning will Improve Children Losing Out on Education

I read an article on the BBC website which reported that up to 10,000 children are missing out of education. This problem relates to 2 important factors. Not only is it a matter of education, but safeguarding their well being.

Having been through mainstream education, into college and taught as a teacher, I can see the developments that have occurred in state education. I can sadly say they haven’t all been good.

Why are children losing out on education?

So it begs the million dollar question, what are the reasons children are going missing out of education. One strong area I would like to discuss is exclusion and suspension. If I think back to my learning years, I can remember the disruptions and was always the same culprits from early on. I experienced the same problems when I began to teach and although I wasn’t distracted as a child by the chaos going on in the lessons, I now know what my teachers must of felt when they were teaching.

The kinds of disruptions begins with one child and depending what type of teaching style you believe in, I remember most of my classes where the child in question would get one telling off and once he/she got away with it, more children would get involved. I can truly see teachers are passionate about teaching and that’s great because without them, the world wouldn’t be what it is today, but patience can wear thin unless your school has direct policies in place to manage disruptive behaviour.  You will never get a classroom free from disruption, but prevention and interests of a child spring to mind.

Building new schools for the future

I would like to direct my point to when Labour where in power in 2007 to 2010. In 2004 Tony Blair’s government investment programme called building schools for the future (BSF) was set up to rebuild every secondary school in Britain. A grand plan cost 55bn, but in July 2010 Education Secretary, Michael Gove washed away the unfinished plans. 409 schools where at some form of completion with 1,100 on their way to being built and 150 school plans axed.

School learning was to change for the better. A more controlled classroom was to evolve with classrooms no longer lined wooden desks and a chalk board, but learning hubs with practical and interactive facilities.

Will learning improve in the classroom?

Whilst any reports are yet to reveal any findings of learning improving with “learning hubs”, the 10,000 children who are missing out on education identifies that these children are individual cases. It is a sorry case that 55bn was spent on rebuilding schools. Although it can be agreed that some of the schools highlighted in the report where unfit for purpose with leaking roofs and stuck in the Victorian ages, the project was unbalanced and the true meaning of teaching had been forgotten. Children are lacking in education because the classrooms are full and teachers are unprepared and inexperienced to cater for large classrooms and learning abilities. Children cannot learn at one uniform pace or the same styles in one crowded classroom. Instead money should be been spent on improving teaching and resources and therefore smaller classroom learning could help teachers fulfil their pupils learning needs and inspire children to want to learn.

Inspire yourself to learn new methods

When I am teaching, I always look to ways I can improve but some teaching styles do not work with large numbers which is sometimes 34 pupils. You end up relying on the pupils to inspire each other when moments get tough.

Author Bio
 Sammii Taylor has been writing on a number of subjects including education for 8 years. She has since worked in partnership with Cotaplan to publish information about learning hubs for schools in the UK. You can find information on Cotaplan’s mission to help learning in schools from work published by Sammii Taylor.


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