Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5030, February 8

A Resources Special: The Arts - A Gallery That Puts Pupils in the Frame: Resources
At Eltham College, a space for modern and contemporary art has opened up a world of creative possibilities, writes Elinor Brass.After Gerald Moore attended Eltham College in the 1930s, he went on to train as a doctor, specialising in oral surgery. He...
Art - A Brush with the Unusual: Resources
Sometimes the best lessons don't take place in a classroom.Over the years I have experienced some extraordinary classroom settings: performing the pre-Bosworth speeches from Richard III with pupils at Nottingham Castle; conducting a Greek myths workshop...
Asylum Seekers Find Little Refuge in Colleges: Fe News
Providers confused by rules are mistakenly rejecting applicants.Refugees and asylum seekers are being wrongly turned away from some colleges because staff do not understand complex immigration rules, according to a report by the Refugee Council.Based...
Beware the Breadth of the Baccalaureate: Comment
Despite calls to widen post-16 education beyond A levels, a break with tradition would be unwise, William Richardson argues.Calls for broader studies post-16 are not new. Two decades ago a group of idealistic young academics and policy wonks, including...
Cross-Curricular - You've Got to Be Kidding: Resources
Humour's no joke - put it to serious use in the classroom.Humour is a funny old thing. Go on a date without a GSOH and you will be sleeping alone; take a po-faced friend to the pub at your peril. It is, however, not always welcome in the classroom, for...
Domestic Bliss? Far from It: Feature
Most teachers know they don't have a healthy work-life balance and fear that their relationships will pay the ultimate price. The outlook for the profession's happiness at home is worrying, Richard Vaughan says.I think our relationship has definitely...
Editorial - Missing Rungs on the Ladder Can Be Dangerous: Opinion
You know what they say about policemen. Well, if the government has its way, it won't just be bobbies on the beat who look ever younger; even the senior ranks will be filled with graduates fresh from nights out in the student union.The idea of marking...
Experts Warn against the 'Dark Art' of EBC Pricing: News
Exam franchising system could lead to fees hike for schools.Government plans to scrap GCSEs will lead to schools shouldering the cost of even higher exam fees, the qualifications watchdog and assessment experts have warned.Education secretary Michael...
FErret: Fe News
College goes all out for crowning achievementIn a move that, regrettably, will not overturn the unfair perception of the West Country as a backward place where people have to make their own entertainment, staff at Wiltshire College last week tried to...
Former Telecoms Man Heeds FE's Call: Fe News
He takes over at college despite lack of education background.Until five months ago, John Thornhill had never worked in a college. But now he finds himself leading the country's largest FE institution, The Manchester College.The former BT executive,...
Maths - Get in on the Act: Resources
Blending maths and drama can make for memorable learning.Maths and drama do not seem obvious bedfellows. But after watching a superb lesson blending the two at Great Hockham Primary School in Norfolk (bit.ly/XcTYZz), I thought about similar things I...
MFL - Ring in the Changes: Resources
Role play and toy telephones can help children to learn languages.How do pupils learn a language at school? One topic at a time, with plenty of time to think. But in real life we draw upon several topics at once, thinking on our feet. Revision followed...
Mind the Gap between Best and Worst: It's Widening: News
Pisa chief discusses the risks and rewards of Gove's reforms.According to Michael Gove, Andreas Schleicher is "the most important man in English education".As the person responsible for the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests,...
Music - and Another String.: Resources
Ukuleles make music lessons more fun and test pupils' skills.Music at Brighton College Nursery and Pre-Prep School has always been an important part of the curriculum but now it is even more dramatic and colourful.Several years ago I was looking for...
News at a Glance: Fe News
Apprenticeships for under-25s with special needsPeople with learning difficulties and disabilities will be entitled to apprenticeships, following amendments to the children and families bill. Ministers made the changes after protests that the new education,...
News at a Glance: News
Foundations laid for school building schemeBuilding work on between 20 and 25 dilapidated schools will start by the end of the year under the Department for Education's priority building scheme. The announcement by schools minister Liz Truss comes a...
Obituary - Kathleen Tattersall, 1942-2013: News
Kathleen Tattersall was the director general of exam board AQA during the A-level crisis of 2002. She was also the first chief regulator of Ofqual.But, for her examiners, she was primarily a colleague who took time out of a busy exam season to ask questions...
Ofsted Hit by Complaints after a Fifth of College Visits: Fe News
But not one objection over the past two years has been upheld.One in five college inspections last year resulted in an official complaint being lodged with Ofsted, TES has learned, highlighting the growing dissatisfaction in the sector with how its performance...
PE Is Not Just a Game, UK Sport Chief Says: News
She backs plans to get specialist teachers into primary schools.Primary school headteachers are failing to provide pupils with high- quality PE and sports skills and are instead happy to just see children "running around, making lots of noise", the head...
Pleasure Principles: Feature
Giving children a love of books is one of the greatest gifts, says primary headteacher Bill Lord. To do this, teachers must develop and put into practice a bill of 'reading rights'.World Book Day takes place in March every year and prompts schools to...
Pupils with Special Needs 'Separated' from Teachers and Peers: News
Study finds statemented children receive 'lower quality' education.Pupils with statements of special educational needs are being routinely segregated from their teachers and classmates, prompting fears that many of the most vulnerable children are receiving...
Review - Biology Lessons - Minus the Science: News
"I think science can find me the perfect man. Because they're scientists, right? They can find out anything."So says 21-year-old Dannie, one of hundreds of single people who have volunteered to be matched "by science" (and BBC Three) with a potential...
Review - When Disaster Struck: Resources
An exhibition unearths relics of ordinary life in Roman Pompeii.For the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum - two Roman cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy - 24 August AD79 started out as just another day. Bread was baking in the ovens, slaves...
Science and the State of the Arts: Comment
Forget the EBac, Yvonne Baker says. It's not a case of either/or but how to offer the best of both.It is hard to miss the impressive range of voices protesting at the perceived attempted exclusion of arts subjects from the curriculum, epitomised, it...
Science - Creativity Is All in the Mind: Resources
It's not just about making posters - develop pupils' thinking skills.Science is a logical discipline: we gather data, test hypotheses and explain natural phenomena using evidenced-based theories. It's not a creative subject, right? Wrong.There is a lot...
Sheep to the Slaughter: Columnists
I haven't mentioned my sheep recently. That's because for the past few years they've been no bother and - like kids who quietly get on with it - they're easily forgotten.Not being a problem is unusual for sheep as they mostly spend their lives trying...
Showing True Grit: Comment
Doing practical science in the primary classroom requires a teacher to show true grit. Thirty children in six groups of five are competing for space, for toy vehicles, for blocks to make slopes with and for a selection of "road" surfaces offering different...
Sparks Fly as Roedean Fights Pounds 128K Physics Teacher Payout: News
School made an error that 'should not have taxed a seven-year-old'.A prestigious girls' boarding school is appealing a six-figure compensation payout to a teacher it made redundant by mistake after failing to work out an "elementary sum" when rating...
Teachers Could Lose Pounds 450 a Year after Pension Overhaul: News
Unions condemn higher contributions as an 'additional tax'.Hundreds of thousands of teachers will see their pay packets take a hit of up to Pounds 450 a year following the government's decision to overhaul the state pension, it has emerged.Data released...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK2-8 FEBRUARY 2013SATURDAYIt's good to talkA hundred polyglot teachers met in York for the annual get-together of the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association, with everything from introducing Arabic to British Sign Language up for discussion.SUNDAYHow...
Wales Turns Its Back on Gove's Exam Revolution: News
Cardiff will not follow England's lead on GCSE and A-level reform.While the government in Westminster presses ahead with controversial plans to scrap GCSEs, ministers in Cardiff Bay have announced that they have no intention to follow suit, signalling...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - the Dilemmas of a Working Mother: Opinion
Tuesday, Midday. Phone call from nursery: "I'm really sorry... you know I wouldn't normally call you... temperature 38 degsC... " Every working mother's nightmare.Quite how the adrenalin rush caused me to think I could teach an observed lesson with a...
Who Ate All the Pies?: Comment
I know all about you, said the short, red-faced student (short because that was how she was made, red-faced because she was working herself up into a state of righteous indignation). You're one of those fat people who ate all the pies. And now all we've...
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