Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5032, February 22

'Badge of Quality' Call Splits Welsh Independents: News
Opinion is divided over push for teacher registration.It has already pressed for the registration of thousands of teaching assistants and FE lecturers, but now the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) wants independent school teachers to register...
Borough Keeps Score in Its Primary Schools: News
Beleaguered Haringey wants all to be good or better in three years.A London borough that found itself at the centre of a national controversy after one of its primaries was forced to become an academy is introducing scorecards to better inform parents...
Car-Crash Teaching: Columnists
New teaching and learning strategies are a bit like catwalk fashions. While size zero models or advanced skills teachers can get away with Versace gowns or pedagogical bustles, they make old plodders like me look like a rhino in a rhinestone frock. Thankfully,...
'Collapse' in Trainee Numbers Could Crash Computer Science Plans: News
PGCE recruitment crisis may threaten delivery of new curriculum.The government's plans to revolutionise computer science in schools are in jeopardy after a "collapse" in the number of applications to teacher training courses, experts have warned.Graduates...
FErret: Fe News
Come not between the dragon and his wrathSir Michael Wilshaw is a man renowned for shooting from the hip, who once famously argued that heads could learn a thing or two from sharpshooter Clint Eastwood. But speaking about Ofsted's annual report in front...
Free School Bidders Face 'Personal Attacks': News
But Gove's letter opposing release of names is branded 'hysterical'.The number of teachers prepared to set up free schools is likely to fall dramatically amid fears that they will suffer intimidation and abuse from opponents of the policy, the government...
From the Editor - with Words, Children Can Power the Universe: Opinion
It's easy to forget amid the current panic over grammar that the study of English is not just about the proper place of the semi-colon or the avoidance of a dangling participle. It is, at its core, the study of power: the power of words to provoke, inspire,...
Geography - from the Horde's Mouth: Resources
A Viking shows off his green credentials to inspire pupils.Images of hairy savages with horned helmets have been ingrained in the national psyche since the Vikings staged their first recorded lightning raid on the undefended monastery of Lindisfarne...
History - Animating the Past: Resources
Using digital media to explain the Troubles in Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland can be a difficult place to teach history. Catholics and Protestants, nationalists and unionists, have different narratives about the past. Even the name of the country...
How to Decide What Is Best for Super-Bright Children: Feature
The educational world is divided over how schools should handle super-talented kids: nurture them? Push them? Coddle them? Enter them for exams early?Tim Dracup, former national lead for gifted and talented education for the previous government and now...
In a Universe of My Own: Comment
I received The Quantum Universe: everything that can happen does happen by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw for Christmas, and have just got round to reading it. Let me qualify that: I have just got round to reading it in this universe. In an infinite number...
It's Time for Gove to Make His Mind Up: Comment
After the GCSE grading fiasco, he must decide where he stands on standards, Nick Weller says.Something went badly wrong with last summer's English GCSE results, and many C-grade pupils were awarded D grades that they did not deserve. This was unfair,...
Liverpool College Sets Its Sights on Tripoli: Fe News
It wants to open an English school and FE campus in Libya.An FE college is looking to expand from Liverpool to Libya by opening an English language school and new college in the North African country. Less than 18 months after dictator Muammar Gaddafiwas...
Maths - Imagine All the People: Resources
Population growth provides interesting models for study.As a fresh-faced young guitarist, I once helped to stage an original student musical, innocently called Grass. Drugs played no part in it; the story revolved around a country whose main energy source...
MFL - Step on the Gas: Resources
Find out how different countries approach sustainability issues.The topic of climate change provides a great opportunity to look at how different countries are tackling the problem. Once you get them started, pupils could pick one issue from the country...
Music - Going Down a Storm: Resources
Revisiting the same song is a great way for pupils to progress.With the plethora of song books now available in shops and online, primary teachers are spoilt for choice. However, this array of materials may tempt some teachers to cover too many vocal...
New Prep School Tests Aim to Get Away from 'Regurgitation': News
Baccalaureate to be trialled as replacement for Common Entrance.It has been a staple of private education for more than 100 years, with young children competing in a series of gruelling tests for places at some of the UK's most prestigious schools.But...
News at a Glance: Fe News
Call for 'secure colleges' for young offendersJustice secretary Chris Grayling has called for the creation of "secure colleges" to offer young offenders better education and rehabilitation while cutting the cost of custody. The Ministry of Justice said...
News at a Glance: News
Children's authors in World Book Day webchatsTES has organised a series of webchats with children's authors to mark World Book Day on 7 March. Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick in Blackadder and now presents Channel 4's Time Team, will take part in...
Obituary - Philip Adey, 1939-2013: News
Improve children's thinking skills, Philip Adey said, and their retention of facts will follow naturally. And so the education professor spent his career training thousands of teachers in how to help their pupils learn.Philip Stanworth Adey was born...
Oxbridge? Don't Write Us Off: Feature
Published authors are passing on their skills to pupils at an inner- city school as part of a social-mobility initiative aimed at encouraging applications to elite universities, writes Adi Bloom. Photography Alys Tomlinson.Feyna Skylar is jumping out...
Primary Curriculum Is in a Critical Condition: Comment
We must all challenge the disparity between prescriptive primary proposals and light-touch secondary ones, Colin Richards argues.I confess, I was mistaken. On that fateful morning a fortnight ago, I expectantly but fearfully used the link to the national...
Review - A Slap in the Face and on the Back: News
Hmm. 'Koff is a puzzling book. The novel, by debut author Ali Cargill, reads like young adult fiction. Its narrator, Emily, is 15, and her story is correspondingly full of "well weird" or "simply grrrreat". (The latter, I am afraid, simply grates.) But...
Say Sayonara to Languages That Have Not Made the List: News
New KS2 curriculum options exclude community languages.Community languages such as Urdu, Polish and Hebrew have been excluded from the new primary national curriculum despite opposition from the majority of responses to a government consultation. Ministers...
Science - Plenty More Fish in the Sea?: Resources
Follow the debate between environmentalists and fisheries.At a bustling quayside, hundreds of shiny silver-grey tuna fish, frozen and wild-eyed, are being hoisted from a fishing boat in huge nets. Poured into metal trolleys, the haul is wheeled into...
Scrapping AS Levels May 'Scupper' Social Mobility: News
Cambridge academic says they reduce admissions 'mistakes'.Michael Gove's decision to drop AS levels in their current form will "scupper" the government's own social mobility agenda, a leading academic at the University of Cambridge with responsibility...
Sixth-Form Colleges Barter for Chartered Status: Fe News
They want a 'Kitemark' similar to that being developed for FE.Sixth-form colleges are calling for the creation of their own "chartered status" to protect the sector's reputation for academic excellence. A consultation on plans for a chartered status...
Tearing Down the Verbal Barrier in Youth Justice: News
Staff to be trained in children's communication difficulties.Police stations and courtrooms, with their intimidating cells and men and women in wigs, are surely enough to frighten even the most confident child. But the 60 per cent of young children and...
The Principal Ready for the Challenge of 19,000 Students: Fe News
Second ever federation between two colleges could save Pounds 1m next year.Many college staff applying for a job at a neighbouring institution would be at pains to keep their interview concealed from their employer. But when North Warwickshire and Hinckley...
The School Turning over a New Leaf: Resources
A primary's mission to reduce carbon emissions showed pupils that they could change the world, Gill Harper writes.Five years ago I knew very little about climate change. I certainly had no idea how I might incorporate energy saving into our school, nor...
This Week/Next Week: Opinion
This week16-22 FEBRUARY 2013SATURDAYGoing down in historyHistorians lashed out at Michael Gove over the new history curriculum, saying it is too narrowly focused on Britain. It will be King Canute, Edward the Confessor and the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy from...
We Will Make Careers Advice a Priority, Wilshaw Says: Fe News
Framework change could ensure pupils are informed of FE options.While colleges have long argued that schools fail to provide pupils with information about their options in the FE sector, there has been little recognition of the problem by the powers...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - A Good Head Is a Rare Beast Indeed: Opinion
Writing to a column dedicated to staffroom moaners and misanthropes to complain about my boss is unlikely to win me any prizes for originality, but the cause for my concern may just surprise you.This isn't the all-too-familiar tale of a megalomaniacal...
Who Do You Think You Are?: Comment
Is it just me or are those people at Ofsted cheeky buggers? A few weeks ago they announced a crackdown on boring lessons in independents. Yet another inspection framework was unleashed, this time to tighten the net on teachers deemed uninspiring.To be...
Young Brains of Britain: Feature
Some children are exceptionally intelligent and capable of racing through their education - they may have a degree before they are old enough to vote. Kerra Maddern talks to four such prodigies and their families about their experiences and the decisions...