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Making the move - Why I am becoming a Teacher

This September there will be a brand new cohort of trainee Teachers eager to learn and make a difference in their classrooms. We're no exception here at OCL, as we say goodbye to a couple of our national office staff and wish them luck on their journey into becoming professional educators. 

We wanted to take the time to catch up with one of our soon-to-be Teachers, Natalie Millard, and find out just what it is that has drawn her into the profession, and why now?

Summer Reading 2018

The sun is shining, and the UK is having a beautiful (albeit very hot) summer this year. So why not find a shaded spot in a park, or curl up by the windows or in the garden with a good book?

We have compiled a list of great summer reads for 2018.

Are classroom pets the answer to better learning?

Having animals in the classroom is not by any means a new concept. When asking our national staff whether they had pets in their classrooms, many of us remember Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and rats with fondness. In fact, some of our academies have school pets today - including a dog! We wanted to explore the benefits of introducing an animal into the education setting.

What does effective careers guidance look like in school?

Some young people will have careers aspirations from a young age, whilst others will flutter though the school years wanting a change in career every week or not really thinking about it at all. To help ease the overwhelming uncertainty that comes with making decisions and taking steps towards a chosen career, we are sharing with you some of our thoughts on what a good careers guidance programme looks like in schools today.