Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 4995, June 1

68th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June - Unsung Heroes of the Air: Resources
The story of the Tuskegee airmen, the first African American pilots, and their 'double victory' is now being told on the big screen. Jerome Monahan reports.To the victors go the spoils of war - including the privilege of recording their version of history....
A 'Once in a Lifetime Opportunity' for Wales: News
Charity says Pounds 97m grant could succeed in closing attainment gap.It is a perennial problem for educational policymakers: how to break the stubborn link between poverty and low academic attainment.Since devolution, various strategies and extra funding...
Bonded in Sisterhood: Columnists
Chances are that if you are a woman, you are reading or have read E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Dubbed "mummy porn" in the US, Fifty Shades of Grey is a controversial erotic novel that explores suppressed female sexual fantasy. It describes in graphic...
Businesses Queue Up as Gove Moves towards For-Profit Schools: News
But unions fear the profit motive will adversely affect standards.Education providers have thrown their weight behind Michael Gove after he announced that free schools could be run for profit if the Conservatives secure a second term in office.The education...
English - Book Burning: Resources
It's time to ditch the hard copy and promote reading on screen.Parents' evening. The familiar cry goes up. "I just can't get him to read a book." Or worse: "She used to love reading", with its implication that I have systematically killed off any love...
FErret: Fe News
The enigma's machineLuther Blissett - the former Watford and AC Milan footballer - is an enigma, even a mystery. Legends multiply around his identity: it's said, perhaps apocryphally, that he was signed for Milan by accident when they intended to recruit...
From the Editor - How Schools Are Run, Not Who Does It, Is What Counts: Opinion
Michael Gove is a tease. During his testimony to the Leveson inquiry he let slip that he was "open-minded" about schools being run for profit (see pages 8-9). "Open-minded" as in Paris Hilton is open-minded about hanging out with loud, rich people. Or...
From the Forums: Opinion
Diamond Jubilee celebrationsAre you having a Jubilee street party? I have just been told that we are. The last street party I went to was for the Queen's coronation. The bookie's daughter won first prize in the fancy dress competition. She was dressed...
Geography - Where on Earth? - What to Do If Your Pupils Think They Can Take the Tube to Malta: Resources
I once drove some teenagers to Wales from Kent and one of them thought we would need to go through Scotland. Another pupil, who had seen a sign on the London Underground advertising cut-price travel to Malta, said: "Brilliant, I didn't know you could...
Ill at Ease with Apostrophes but Wackadoodle's Dandy: News
Children's inventiveness shines in creative writing, analysis shows.Short stories written by children are as likely to introduce you to a "shrinkiniser" machine or the "Land of the Woopa Woopa" as they are to feature Jessie J or Justin Bieber.Older children...
I'll Vouch It Could Work: Columnists
Cor, look at this, Mabel. You know we're pretty rotten parents, what with Darren out half the night, Tracey nickin' our fags and the twins runnin' a bit wild? Well, that nice Mr Camron is offerin' money for parentin' classes. Better get down there right...
Independents Eagerly Await Early Years Exemption: News
Proposal could see 500 schools opt out of 'nappy curriculum'.Independent schools are preparing to opt out of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) - known by some as the "nappy curriculum" - en masse if changes are made to the way it is enforced.About...
'It Is Teachers Who Live and Breathe These Qualifications': News
Exam board chief says staff should be part of A-level reform.The short walk from Cambridge station to the OCR exam board's head office takes you past a huge banner for a private college that proclaims A levels are the "pathway to university". Today ministers...
Maths - Seeing the Funny Side: Resources
A comedy show about maths is more than the sum of its parts.Dara O'Briain does get about. Whether he is hosting Mock the Week, or working alongside Brian Cox on Stargazing Live, or teaming up with Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath for Three Men in a...
Modern Foreign Languages - Memory Joggers: Resources
Invent 'word families' to build student's speaking skills.Anybody who has ever tried to learn a foreign language will know that receptive skills such as listening and reading always develop first. You may be able to understand a conversation between...
Music/D&T - to Play Is to Know: Resources
Teach pupils to understand music from the inside out.Everybody seems to have a horror story about their music teacher. Being made to stand behind a pillar at concerts to save the school embarrassment. Auditioning for the choir in front of the whole class...
News at a Glance: Fe News
No-notice inspections are no moreOfsted has scrapped plans for no-notice inspections in further education, after piloting them earlier this year. While Exeter College, the first to be inspected under the 45-minute warning system, was graded outstanding...
Obituary - Leila Berg 1917-2012: News
In the days when children's books featured mainly "angerless, joyless, lifeless conversation", author and editor Leila Berg set out on a passionate quest to change young people's reading experience. She believed the books available for children were...
Ofsted Inspector Hits out at 'Frightening' New Regime: News
Increase in failing schools paints a 'worrying picture', he says.An Ofsted inspector has spoken out against the watchdog's "frightening" new regime, warning that it is failing too many schools and suggesting that chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is...
Proud of State Students and Their Achievements: Comment
Having read Michael Gove's recent Brighton College speech praising independent schools, I now know who to blame for my youthful obsession with Noel Edmonds: my neglectful parents. As a boy with exceptional looks for radio, I aspired to be Radio 1's next...
Pushed to the Brink: Feature
Stressed? Coping? Increasing numbers of teachers aren't and see only one, desperate way out. What can be done to protect the mental health of the UK's educators? asks Jo Knowsley.Mark lay in bed, staring at the clock. The alarm had gone off 15 minutes...
Review - the Irresistible Beat of Patriotism: News
It is Jubilee week: bring out the national treasures! And so here are Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, tasked with writing a song for the Queen."Our mission is to capture the sound of the Queen's greatest achievement: the Commonwealth," says Barlow,...
Russell Some Feathers: Comment
Are teachers thick? Yes they are, according to a recent correspondent to this magazine. He illustrated his point by citing the case of a teacher-neighbour who apparently struggled with simple multiplication and who could not recall the years of the last...
Sail of the Century: A Tale of Pupils, Pomp and Pageantry: News
Young mariners make waves on voyage to join Jubilee procession.On Sunday, one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the River Thames will form a procession to mark the Diamond Jubilee. But for the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, the sails have...
Schools Left in 'Limbo' as Door Closes on Rebuild Funds: News
Unsuccessful applicants 'gutted' after Gove names the lucky few.When Michael Gove announced the fortunate schools that will receive money to rebuild their crumbling classrooms last week, the country was enjoying the hottest day of the year so far. Sweltering...
Science - What Lies Beneath: Resources
Hook your scientists with a hunt for 'zombie' worms.One chilly Friday afternoon, I took a call from zoologist Adrian Glover of the Natural History Museum. "Do you want to go to the Bahamas?" he asked.Glover and his team were travelling to the Caribbean...
Stung by the Cuts, Schools Network Goes Bust: News
The charity will continue under its old name following a buyout.The Schools Network, once one of the biggest players in English education, was forced into administration this week after suffering losses from shrinking school budgets and government cutbacks.The...
The Curious Case of the Invisible Colleges: Fe News
Thousands of courses missing from careers service website.Potential students are receiving the wrong or incomplete advice about which qualifications are available to them because the website of the National Careers Service is missing the details of thousands...
The Fall and Rise of Grazebrook: Feature
The press had a field day when the primary attended by the children of Ed Balls, then education secretary, was placed in special measures. Its climb to outstanding status received less attention. Helen Ward meets the head whose risk-taking paid off.It...
There Is No Unfairness in Our Success: Comment
Independence from the state is why we turn out high achievers, argues Kenneth Durham.It may sound improbable, but thanks to Michael Gove, the knives are out for the independent sector again. We are, apparently, unfairly good. It is "morally indefensible",...
The View from Here - Finland - the Horror of 'Tuition Fees by the Back Door': News
Finland is famously egalitarian. It has almost no fee-charging schools and there are no university tuition fees. However, the ruthlessly competitive university entrance exams - which result in the rejection of about 75 per cent of university applicants...
This week/Next Week: News
This week - 26 May - 1 June 2012SATURDAYSeven, that's the magic numberDelaying formal schooling until the age of 7 can boost children's reading skills at the end of primary, according to a Daily Telegraph report. Don't expect that to bring an end to...
Transgender Policies Used as 'Fig Leaves', Says IfL Head: Fe News
Colleges must do more than the required minimum, she argues.Colleges and FE providers are failing to provide adequate support for transgender staff due to a culture of complacency, the president of the Institute for Learning has claimed.Beatrix Groves,...
Union Is 'Gobsmacked' by the AoC's Threat to Pay and Conditions: Fe News
'Unprecedented' demands made over pay progression and holiday.Employers have made an "unprecedented" demand that college staff give up automatic pay progression and agree to more "flexible" hours and holidays before they will make an offer in this year's...
We Can't All Go 'Soft': Fe Comment
Boosting the number of apprenticeships will create more opportunities for working-class young people than those lost as obstacles to university attendance increase. University is becoming more competitive and more expensive. Even though children from...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Is Honesty the Best Policy?: Opinion
It's that time of year again: stressful, prolonged and accompanied by feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that threaten to eat you up. It's GCSE mark submission time.I have taught for 14 years, and been head of English for seven of those, so you would...
Your Enemy's Enemy Is Your Friend, Unions Conclude: News
'Historic' joint declaration released by NUT and NASUWT.Kenneth Baker never managed it. Not even Margaret Thatcher was able to pull it off. But this week, Michael Gove achieved a feat unmatched by any other education secretary: he united the NASUWT and...
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