Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5016, October 26

A Grey Sea Worth Seeing: Comment
"Is that the brass band playing tiddly om pom pom?" asks Donavan. He is looking out across the bay. It is impossible to tell where grey sea ends and grey sky begins."No, Donavan, it's a foghorn," I tell him. "I think you'll have to wait until we walk...
Another Bid Launched to Heal Rifts in NI's Schools: News
Panel will tackle entrenched divisions in Northern Ireland.In a society torn apart by decades of sectarian violence, it is no surprise that Northern Ireland's education system is still one of the most divided in the world. It has been said that if you...
British Pupils Win a Taste of US Election Fever: News
They jump at the chance to join campaigners in Florida.It is billed as the most tightly contested presidential race in more than a decade, with both candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, expected to slug it out day and night until a winner is declared.As...
Chasing Free School Status: Feature
Star DJ Will Kennard is focusing as much on timetables as turntables as he attempts to set up a free school in London's East End for 16- to 19- year-olds who want to get into the music industry. Richard Vaughan visits him and his campaign group.Standing...
Don Brings Dreaming Spires to Colleges: Fe News
Oxford appoints 'access fellow' to teach disadvantaged students.An Oxford college has appointed the country's first "access fellow" - an academic dedicated to working with colleges and schools to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds for university...
English - Let's Not Do the Time Warp: Resources - Primary
Our subject must adapt to meet the needs of a new generation.A few weeks ago my second child was born - a son, to complement my daughter. Over half-term, as I had the chance to spend time with them, I began to imagine what schools will be like when my...
FErret: Fe News
Skyfall's the limit with new apprenticeshipsThe thing about spies is that they always have to be several steps ahead - and nothing is ever what it seems. So the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's announcement that it is launching a higher apprenticeship...
From the Editor - the Early University Could Catch More Worms: Opinion
"Access fellow": the job title sounds a bit underwhelming but the intentions behind it are lofty. An Oxford college has become the first in the country to appoint an academic to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for university (see...
Fuss over Exam Fuzz: Comment
It would be grossly unfair to liken a school inspection team to the zombies in Shaun of the Dead. We could pun away about "Ofdead" inspectors and their lust for "outstanding lesions" but we know such a crude depiction is unworthy of us. It's not how...
Geography - Keep the Flame Alive: Resources - Secondary
Examining the Olympic and Paralympic legacy with pupils.After all the planning and anticipation, London 2012 is over. The collective national euphoria as Mo Farah slapped his head, Ellie Simmonds touched home first and Jessica Ennis returned to Sheffield...
Guilded Vision Seeks to Cement FE's Standing: Fe News
Lord Lingfield wants the sector to fill 'the polytechnic-shaped hole'.Lord Lingfield's review of professionalism in the sector has endorsed the creation of an FE guild to set professional standards, which will be led by the employer bodies for colleges...
Hardcore Porn Is Damaging Our Pupils, Reveals TES Survey: News
Access to explicit images means even Year 7s are over-sexualised.Three-quarters of teachers believe that easy access to hardcore porn through smartphones, the internet and other media is having a damaging effect on their pupils, a TES survey has found.Responding...
How the Poorest School Beat the Odds: Feature
Pupils who do not qualify for free school meals are in the minority at the 460-pupil Duncombe Primary - in fact, there are only two of them. Yet both Ofsted and test scores declare the country's poorest school to be a success. How on earth do they do...
ICT Teacher Training Is Dead, Long Live ICT: News
'Challenging' switch to computer science could cause headaches.The scrapping of teacher training in ICT in favour of computer science could cause staffing problems and threaten the future of courses, trainers have said.From next September, initial teacher...
Lead Providers Make 35% Profit for 'Little Work', Inspectors Warn: Fe News
Ofsted finds subcontracting boom has 'diluted accountability'.Inspectors have criticised the decision to subcontract more than Pounds 430 million of skills funding, saying that it has led to providers taking fees of up to 35 per cent for "little work".Following...
Literacy Special - Use It, Abuse It, but Don't Let 'Em Lose It: Resources
You can't fix the English language in aspic but students need to learn how - and when - to use it correctly, argues Ruth Owen.We are all aware that language changes and most of us recognise the inevitability of that change. Even Dr Samuel Johnson discovered,...
MATHS - Essential Accuracy: Resources - Secondary
Imprecision in language can lead to entertaining mistakes.How big an issue is literacy for mathematics teachers? After all, if students are literate in the precise and symbolic language that is mathematics, surely that is enough. But that is a narrow...
MFL - the Lego of Language: Resources - Primary
Grammar provides the building blocks of understanding.How do you give primary children a good grounding in a modern foreign language when they are still struggling with their own? Start by reminding them of something they can already do in English, such...
Music - Say It with Song: Resources - Primary
Using unconventional methods can bring a dull topic to life.Like many native English speakers I was not explicitly taught punctuation and grammar. I recall the odd brief explanation - which would make me glaze over as I imagined how I would fight crime...
News at a Glance: News
Grading row may not move on before ChristmasThousands of pupils whose schools argue they have been given incorrect GCSE English grades may not learn until Christmas at the earliest whether their legal challenge to August's results has been successful,...
No Swimming Allowed in Phonics Pools: Comment
I'll teach you the essentials but you can't dive in, says primary headteacher Stephanie Gibson.Come with me, small child. Take my hand, and look over there, into the distance. You probably cannot see it very well, as you are small, but let me tell you...
Obituary - Rosemary Reid 1947-2012: News
Rosemary Reid swam with seals off the Galapagos Islands, climbed the Himalayas and sat by the Taj Mahal at dawn. She used these special experiences to inspire the children she taught, and encouraged them to dream of seeing the world.Rosemary Taylor grew...
On to the Serious Issues: Fe Comment
Enough of this trivia. By which I mean the relentless diet of Technical Baccalaureates, fee hikes and wall-to-wall bloody apprenticeships. Let's get back to the thing that really matters in FE: what lecturers can and cannot wear to work.Not that I'm...
Praise Plus a Backhander: Columnists
I'm sick of targets. Whatever you do, however hard you work, however many hours you put in, someone will always tell you how you could have done it better. In fact, a whole lexicon of acronyms has been specifically designed to let you know that however...
Results Slump Anticipated When Linear Exams Reign: News
Study shows grades will plummet when modular GCSEs are axed.The end of GCSE grade inflation will lead to a sharp plunge in results in two years' time because of changes to the way the exams are sat, an academic study has predicted.This summer the proportion...
Review - Theatre on Tap: Resources Extra
Stage on Screen bridges the gap between drama and film.Pupils hoping for top marks when tackling drama questions at GCSE or A level are at a huge advantage if they can see that drama staged. And if that staging is professional then so much the better....
Review - Unsafe Sex in the City Is Available on BBC iPlayer - Essential Viewing for Sex-Mad Teens: News
"Where's the most adventurous place you've had sex?" asks Danielle."On the bus," replies Courtney."On the bus?" says Danielle, flatly."No, in the cinema," says Courtney quickly.Suddenly, Danielle realises what Courtney has just said. Her eyes widen and...
Sacre Bleu! So I'll Have No Homework at All?: News
Campaigners in the UK welcome the French president's ban plan.They are famous for their 35-hour working weeks and long lunch breaks dripping with Camembert and bonhomie. To the outsider, life as a French worker seems like a holiday compared to the intense...
Science - Have You Got It? Eureka!: Resources - Secondary
Being scientifically literate is important for everyone.Nobody wants to be thought of as illiterate. But if you were at a party and quoted Archimedes' principle - an object immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid...
Take Care to Avoid the TechBac Bear Traps: Comment
When creating alternatives to an academic education, tread carefully, warns Tony Blair's former adviser Matthew Taylor.The commitment made earlier this month by Ed Miliband, and fleshed out by shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg, to establish a...
The School Where Children Decide When to Take Lunch: News
Primary's move to flexible play and break times impresses Ofsted."If we're working really hard, it's nice to have a break early," said Charlotte-May Tomlinson, 10. "Before, we wouldn't get a chance to finish our work. In our books there would be empty...
The View from Here - Finland - Egalitarianism Gives Way to 'School Shopping': News
Finland is famed not only for its excellent Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) results but also its highly egalitarian education system. Until now, comprehensives have been dutifully attended by children in the local catchment area....
Training Director Accused of 'Rip-Off' Sees Earnings Fall: Fe News
But publicly funded Elmfield still makes a profit of Pounds 5.3m.The training company that was attacked by MPs for taking more than a third of its public funding as profit and paying its owner a Pounds 3 million dividend has now posted more modest figures....
'Universities Should Pay for Pupils to Go Private': News
Independent schools' leader reacts to social mobility report.Universities should divert money that they spend on bursaries and fee waivers to pay for promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend independent school sixth forms, the head...
Wales' New 'Super LEAs' Struggle in Hunt for Heroes: News
Regional consortia find key 'systems leaders' in short supply.They are supposed to be highly trained educationalists at the top of their profession who will drive school improvement in Wales.The problem is that not enough people are willing or able to...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Inspirational? Yes, but Not Every Day: Opinion
Is there a teacher anywhere who has not dreamed of single-handedly turning a class that barely registers their presence into a class that sits in quiet, tidy rows, waiting with bated breath for the next lesson on calculus?Is there a teacher who has not...
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