In Damian Hinds’ most recent address, he spoke of his “determination to reduce the workload of teachers and return teaching as one of the most rewarding jobs you can do”. To make this possible, the learning and development of teachers must be held in a similar band of priority to the education of students. Teaching is regarded as being amongst the most hard-working professions in the UK, yet the progression of their skills and their careers are not given the same attention as in private sector roles. Technology has largely had a positive effect on the education landscape, and it is up to people operating within it to integrate the use of innovative technology in helping teachers improve themselves and their ability to raise outcomes for students in a time of tough budgeting.
This is in stark contrast to the values of the wider education system. The values of the education industry are centred around the learning and education of children of all ages. This spans the entirety of children’s time in the education system, including both curricular and extracurricular activities. The education industry should take a similar stance with teachers if we are to make well-rounded teachers who want to stay in the profession. Better teachers will result in better student attainment and ideally will solve the retention and recruitment issue facing the industry.
To better implement this, education institutions must use the new technologies available to them to reassure and inspire a new generation of teachers in a time of low budgets and high workloads. The downturn in the popularity of teaching is further proof of a country of educators that have fallen out of love with the profession. However, it is easy to see how this could change if the values begin to orientate towards the care and development

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