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Remembrance Day 2016

TES Global and Camfed launch partnership on World Teachers’ Day

Today, on World Teachers’ Day, digital education company TES Global announced that its staff have selected Camfed as its global charity partner.  

Camfed supports the education of girls and the leadership of young women in partnership with the school systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This new partnership will bring measurable impact to one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education.

As part of TES Global, Smart Teachers has pledged support of girls’ education and the leadership of young women in Africa. We are supporting Camfed in its mission to improve the learning environment and outcomes for vulnerable children, support marginalised girls to go to school and succeed, and empower young women to step up as leaders of change.

Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser of TES Global, with Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed, launching the new partnership.

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My London Story: What teaching in the UK taught me


Mo on Southbank

Aussie Music teacher Monet Hawkins made the move from Melbourne to London in October 2014, and despite only planning to stay for three months, is still here two years later. Here she shares some stories (and some tips) about what it was like arriving in London, finding her feet, and how the experience has transformed her both personally and professionally. 

When colleagues ask me what I did on the weekend, I have to pinch myself when I reply, “I went to Spain.”

Every time I look up in amazement at Westminster Abbey, listen to Big Ben chime, or am commuting in a downpour near St Paul’s Cathedral, clutching an umbrella, I have to ask myself, “am I really here? Is this real?”. 

My London story was only supposed to be a short one. My original plan had been to live here for three months – do a bit of travelling, pick up a bit of work, get some life experience. But then three months turned into six months, six months turned into a year, and now one year is pushing closer to two.

Moving to London wasn’t simply the beginning of a new chapter in my life. It felt like I had started a whole new book. Continue reading “My London Story: What teaching in the UK taught me”

Ways to cash up on the school holidays (all while still developing your teaching career)

With the end of the academic year fast approaching, the countdown to summer has well and truly begun. However you’re planning on spending your well-deserved holiday – gallivanting across Europe, hanging with friends and family, or simply lounging around London – we understand that the long break can be a potentially daunting time for some supply teachers when cashflow gets tight.

If you’re looking to pick up some extra work these summer holidays, or are keen to find out about ways to subsidise your income throughout term time, here are some flexible, convenient, profitable options that also look great on the CV! Continue reading “Ways to cash up on the school holidays (all while still developing your teaching career)”

Happy #firstdayofsummer London

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Reflections on a Sunny Week

We did it! Smart Teachers raises £1,063.12 for Melanoma UK during Sun Awareness Week, May 9th – 13th 2016. 

When I first put forward the idea of promoting Sun Awareness Week in aid of Melanoma UK here at Smart HQ, I never could have imagined it would go so well.

After losing my father to melanoma three years ago, this was a cause very close to my heart. Not only did I want to help raise money for the nurses that cared for my dad throughout his illness, I also wanted to inform people about the dangers of the sun here in the UK, where (despite the gloomy skies) skin cancer is the most common form of preventable cancer.

It quickly became apparent this was an issue that resonated with lots of people across the company, including our very own Paula Sinclair (Smart consultant and founding partner), who unbeknownst to many of us is a survivor of malignant melanoma herself. With our Aussie counterparts all chanting Slip-Slop-Slap, we had all the fighting spirit we needed for a fun-filled week of fundraising. Continue reading “Reflections on a Sunny Week”

Sun Awareness Week @ Smart Teachers

Smart Teachers will be raising vital funds for Melanoma UK during Sun Awareness Week – 9th to 13th May 2016. Help us reach our goal!


For any kid who grew up in Australia or New Zealand in the 1980s (which accounts for a fair few of us here at Smart HQ), the importance of sun awareness is deeply ingrained. The iconic Slip-Slop-Slap campaign was like a childhood mantra, and it was a rare sight to see any kid in a playground without a flappy hat, white zinc lips, and at least a six inch layer of sunscreen.

These days, sun awareness remains a ubiquitous fixture in the antipodean psyche, with skin cancers accounting for around 80% of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia. Unsurprisingly, the Cancer Council’s current campaigns have taken a slightly more grotesque turn since the days of Sid the lisping seagull (or Tiger the lobster if you’re from New Zealand).

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How to refocus your class after the holidays

Summer term is finally upon us, and after a fun-filled Easter break it’s been two weeks since you and your students last stepped into the classroom. Although that’s not a super-lengthy period, the thought of going back school can be daunting for students and teachers alike. Actually, we’re pretty sure it’s just the parents who get to chill in this scenario!

In today’s post, primary teachers-turned-consultants Kim O’Mara and Davie Thé recount their days of getting a class back on track after a holiday, and share their tips on how to glide back into the classroom like a pro.

Young school teacher

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A Canadian in London (the other London…)

Laura's headshotExactly one year after making the move from Toronto to London (London England that is, not London Ontario), Laura Clementson demonstrates in true Canadian style just how wonderful living in the UK really is.

When asked to share how my experience of moving to London was a great decision, I jumped at the chance. It’s a pleasure explaining to fellow Canadians why I think moving abroad is one of the best things you can do for yourself, both professionally and personally.

Being in London for a year now, I have endured the many trials and tribulations of moving abroad on my own. Naturally there have been setbacks, and not everything has gone to plan, but there is something so gratifying about moving to a foreign land and starting from scratch. While getting over the humps, you learn not to sweat the small stuff.

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