As the pension age is set to rise to 67 by 2028, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says the population of the UK is getting both larger and older. As well as finding that the nation’s population reached its highest ever total at 65.6 million in 2016, the ONS also acknowledged that 18 per cent of those living across the UK were 65+. What’s more, 2.4 per cent were 85+. But will an ageing workforce prove beneficial or a hindrance to the nation’s education sector?

Recognised as the world’s best; a British education is becoming increasingly popular with parents around the world. This is pleasing news for the 4,300 British international schools* which operate globally and make up over 45% of the international school market.

You won’t be hearing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ or the sound of fireworks, but teachers across the country are ringing in the New Year, with a poll revealing 87% of 3,470 educators see September as the new year rather than January. 

Research conducted by the online educational publisher Twinkl also reveals the top new year’s resolutions of UK teachers, with achieving a work-life balance coming out as the most popular, followed by not working evenings and weekends. 

  1. Practice breathing exercises - If you’re feeling anxious, try taking slow deep breaths; calmly inhaling for 4 seconds through your nose, then exhaling for the same via your mouth
  2. Try an anxiety relieving traditional herbal remedy, such as Kalms Lavender – Lavender oil has a long-standing association with relieving symptoms of mild anxiety, such as stress and nervousness
  3. Exercise it out – Exercising for just one minute can give you the same benefits as between 90 and 120 minutes of relaxation, thanks to the ‘’feel good’ endorphins that are releas

The majority of teachers in England are unsure of the benefits of working for a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and two thirds would choose a role in a standalone school over a job working within a MAT. Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers have no understanding of how working for a MAT differs from teaching in a normal school, and even teachers that are already working within a MAT are unsure of the advantages it brings (54%).

Despite the UK’s evolving employment and commercial landscape, it has become readily apparent that we are now facing a ‘skills deficit’ in the provision of Modern Foreign Languages within schools.

The British Council’s Language Trends Survey 2016/2017 has revealed that since 2012, schools have faced shortfalls in pupils studying a second language, with a 37% reduction at GCSE level.

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During Mental Health Awareness Week the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is urging policy makers to introduce mental health training for teachers.

During Stress Awareness Month, editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, about the mental health issues facing the teaching profession. 

Hitesh highlights the importance of recognising the signs of stress in staff, and the need for heads to implement better stress management within UK education.