In the United Kingdom the role of the teacher is not confined to just teaching children but also to leading discussions and helping to build students’ self-esteem and sense of direction. The schools in the U.K. are required by law to hold certain minimum standards of literacy and numeracy as well as other criteria to ensure the educational equality of pupils.
One of the most important institutions of UK that is tasked with enforcing and carrying these practices out is the government’s Department of Education, which is responsible for pupils’ education, child protection, teacher training, wider teaching skills within England and wider educational policy throughout the United Kingdom.
The Department of Education was set up in 1963 with the introduction of the National Policy for the Protection of Children. It is led by the Secretary of State for Education and acts as an advisory board to the government on all matters concerning children and education. This is the department that sets the timetable and policy for the academic year.
Goals And Responsibilities
The English Department of Education have set for themselves several goals to be achieved that are meant to keep the English education at a competitive level and so, as a first initiative they have undertaken the responsibility of supporting the education of young children at primary school level.
The second responsibility is the support and improvement of young students’ (under 19 years old) education at secondary school levels. Additionally, the DoE also supports the teachers of the young students, as well.
A third responsibility of the English government is the support and help of poor children to get the same (quality) education that others receive and to motivate them to acquire the desired personal and career achievements.
The government’s Department of Education is divided into 3 executive sectors:
- the Standards and Testing Agency (STA)
- the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
- the Education Funding Agency (EFA)
The 3 departments are all very consistent with their commitment to reforming the curriculum of schools as well as its qualification, the training of professional teachers, increasing the amount of schools, improving young children services, lowering the bureaucracy and increasing the accountability.
The British government’s Department of Education offers a plethora of information and training to students and teachers alike. This information doesn’t pertain to education exclusively but it’s also a path to consider for those who wish to acquire career skills and specialty professional training. If the students are passionate about the various topics covered and supported by the Department of Education’s agenda then the students can be trained into any of these fields.
Some of the most important fields that are being covered and supported by the DoE are IT and agriculture, but there’s also the option of business training for students who would rather become entrepreneurs instead of 9 to 5 employees of a company.
One of the key issues affecting the economy and education sector in the United Kingdom today is the shortage of skilled labour. This has resulted in a number of universities and colleges now offering several different types of flexible workforce training and career choices.
Career builders offer skills, knowledge and experience which can help young people to enter the job market. These skills can range from customer care and technical support to administrative and leadership roles. They can also help those looking to move into management roles and those looking for a career change to broaden their horizons.
In line with this there has also been an increase in the number of accredited vocational schools offering courses to supplement traditional academic learning. Gaining experience while still studying has become much easier thanks to the increased use of webcams in the classroom. Virtual reality technology allows learners to communicate with each other using 3D glasses.
As well as providing pupils with the opportunity to gain more skills and knowledge, these technological advances have also led to a significant reduction in the time taken by students to complete their degree courses.