Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 4981, February 24

Au Revoir, le Francais?: Resources
Use logic not tradition to decide which languages to offer.French has always been the main foreign language offered in British schools - it accounts for 48 per cent of GCSE language entries - and in many this is the only reason it is still on the timetable....
Automatic Pay Rises for Staying in the Classroom at Risk: News
Michael Gove pushes performance-related pay agenda.The assumption that teachers will receive automatic pay rises as they stay in the profession has been thrown into serious doubt by education secretary Michael Gove this week.Mr Gove signalled his intention...
Best-Paid Man in Schools Bows out of Academy Chain: News
Expansion plans on hold after E-Act director's sudden departure.He was the best-paid person in school education and one of the driving forces behind the original academies programme. At one stage, he hoped to preside over an empire of 250 schools across...
Do-Gooder Governors Must Now Do Better: Comment
There are more than 300,000 school governors for the 24,600 schools in this country, the largest group of volunteers in the Big Society. They give their time and do their best to support heads and other school leaders as they cope with an ever-growing...
D&T/MUSIC - Let's Study Designers: Resources
The history of design should be a key part of the curriculum.My mission this week is to persuade you to use the study of designers and design history as a key element of your curriculum.We teach D&T to every child at key stage 2-3 and we are the...
Editorial - Let's Give Viewers a Flawed Star of Education: Opinion
Channel 4 is casting the net for a new school to star in the follow- up series to its hit Educating Essex. No doubt several publicity-happy heads will volunteer to have the hidden cameras installed (pages 12- 13).But perhaps the channel should consider...
English - Hand Back the Wheel: Resources
Guide pupils towards creativity by letting them make mistakes.The word "creativity" is being bandied around a lot at the moment. After years of an obsessive emphasis on technical details and an assessment system that takes writing apart mechanistically,...
Essex's Reign Is over. A New Reality Star Must Be Born: News
Channel 4 seeks a school for the second series of its hit TV show.SCHOOL WANTED. Must be prepared to have cameras in the corridors and microphones in the staffroom. Slightly eccentric senior management members preferable. Particularly if they tend to...
Estyn Points the Finger of Blame at Councils: News
A third education department is judged 'unsatisfactory' in Wales.In recent years, schools in Wales have become used to harsh criticism from politicians and inspectors for perceived failings in teaching quality and test results. But now Estyn, the Welsh...
Failing the Five Thousand: Columnists
Ten thousand premises officers not sweeping playgrounds properly. Four thousand educational psychologists declared completely insane. Five thousand heads no good, says the chief inspector.OK, I made the first two up. But not the last one, and it comes...
FErret: Fe News
Dough! The Sandwich World Cup escapes usWell done to Brooklands College bakery student Emily Smith, who last week became the youngest competitor in Delifrance's ninth Sandwich World Cup. Wait, what? There's a Sandwich World Cup?Even more surprising is...
Free School Revolution Gets Tangled Up in Red Tape: News
Campaigners call on ministers to relax rules on securing sites.It was billed as a school revolution, but as the latest number of free school applications is published, the government's own free schools champion has warned that the policy will fail to...
From the Forums: Opinion
No-notice detentions: the good, bad and uglyEvery week we are issued with a list of students who we are not allowed to give after-school detentions to as their parents object to their being kept behind. The list grows weekly and naturally contains all...
Humanities - Baked Britain: Resources
Making a UK cake feeds pupils' pride - and their stomachs.With the best will in the world, children are often a little uninspired by geography. To be honest, the same could be said for some teachers. Who cares if it is hot in the desert and cold in the...
I Don't Act, I Teach. Grow Up and Focus: Comment
Teachers dedicate too much time to grabbing pupils' attention, argues Lucy Edkins.A secondary teacher friend of mine was showing her sixth-formers a DVD to start a lesson the day Ofsted visited. (Not real Ofsted - one of those fake, practice Ofsteds...
IfL: Reform or Die: Fe Comment
When I meet members of the University and College Union (UCU), conversation often turns to their experience with the Institute for Learning (IfL) and this is the subject that excites the most passion and anger. That is why I have welcomed the independent...
International Women's Day, 8 March - Standing in the Way of Control: Resources
Feminism is alive and kicking, with a new generation at the helm. But more young women need to get involved, argues Kristin Aune.When they hear the word "feminism", few people seem to think of young women. They tend to see images from the past: suffragettes...
'Many' Will Miss out as Applications for GTP Soar: News
21,000 vie for salaried training, but places are cut to just 4,400.Becoming a teacher is no longer a cheap option: the overwhelming majority of students who enter training from this September will have to pay Pounds 9,000 in fees for the one-year PGCE....
Maths - Sudoku, Anyone?: Resources
The logic required for the puzzle is similar to that for maths.I once knew a fellow teacher who was convinced of two things: first, that he hated maths, and second, that he enjoyed sudoku. The only possible conclusion was that sudoku and maths did not...
Minnows Make the Big League for Contract List: Fe News
Boreham Wood FC among Pounds 430m FE subcontractors.Subcontracting among FE providers has always been a difficult issue. Accusations of a lack of transparency have often been laid at the Skills Funding Agency's (SFA) door, not least since it raised the...
News at a Glance: Fe News
Sixth form strikes over pay beginThe first strikes in sixth-form colleges took place yesterday in the NUT's quest to secure better pay for its members. The Sixth Form Colleges' Forum argued that budgetary pressures meant its members would not be offering...
News at a Glance: News
Gove: exams will get tougher and jobs will be lostDecades of ever-improving exam results are about to end, the education secretary warned this week, as he claimed ministers were "marching towards the sound of gunfire" to improve education. "There are...
Obituary - Mark Jackson - 1927-2012: News
He sometimes missed deadlines, occasionally turned up in the wrong place for stories and became obsessed with subjects no one else could understand. But Mark Jackson, former TES reporter, was also the first journalist to force people to pay attention...
Review - Paxman's Very Own Confidence Trick: News
"Were you glad to see the English go?" Jeremy Paxman says. He is basking in the quiet sunshine of a Cairo croquet club.Next to him, an elderly Egyptian man in flat cap and tie does not pause for thought. "For sure," he says, and draws on his cigar."We...
Science - A Leap of Faith: Resources
Students need techniques as well as facts to pass exams.A-level chemistry is hard - a fact generally acknowledged by universities, employers and students. David Willetts, minister of state for universities and science, even suggested that "tough A levels...
SFA under Fire over Claims of a 'Cover Up' at FE Choices: Fe News
Incorrect figures on the new website were changed without approval.When the FE Choices website - which contains the latest performance data for colleges and training providers - came in for strong criticism following last month's launch, FE minister...
Sport Relief - 23-25 March 2012: Resources
The biennial Sport Relief event - a new partner with TES Resources - kicks off on Friday 23 March. With a vast array of resources, ideas for schools and exclusive content on the TES website, the event is about getting your school moving to raise money...
Sun, Sea and Cockroaches: Feature
With the economy in the doldrums, it's unsurprising that many teachers are looking abroad for work - and adventure. Most schools are fine, but Richard Vaughan discovers what can happen if you join the wrong school.It was while standing in the arrivals...
Taking Learning to a New Dimension: Feature
From a childhood love of Doctor Who to a leading role in broadcasting for schools - Michael Shaw finds out how the head of BBC Learning intends to unite education and entertainment.In 1973, an 8-year-old boy in Bedford wrote a story based on his favourite...
Teased and Bullied, but SEN Pupils' Suffering Is Ignored: Opinion
Teachers often fail to act on reports of ill-treatment, say researchers.They are among the most vulnerable pupils, but teachers regularly ignore the teasing and bullying of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, researchers have...
The Downside of Tripping: Columnists
I'm amazed that teachers ever organise school trips. My school has contrived to make the whole planning process so difficult that you need to be a modern-day Hercules to attempt it. Slaying the nine-headed Hydra is a walk in the park compared with organising...
This week/Next Week: News
This week - 18-24 February 2012SATURDAYPounds 1m for child asylum detaineesThe Home Office has paid compensation of more than Pounds 1 million after 40 children were wrongly detained as adults while seeking asylum, The Guardian revealed. Officials have...
Two Heads, One Idea: Sponsor an Academy: Fe News
School would be the first to be jointly backed by two colleges.Over a "wee tipple" at the Association of Colleges' conference in November, two Basingstoke college principals had a heart-to-heart about the difficulties they faced with schools in the town....
United Front on Pensions Breaks Down in Tiers: Opinion
Heads' and teachers' unions clash over contributions.The unprecedented sight of heads marching alongside teachers during the 30 November strike symbolised what was, in the notoriously splintered world of education unionism, an unfamiliar show of unity....
Vocational Qualification Slight Makes Twigg Snap: News
Shadow education secretary says they do benefit the disaffected.IT HAS become accepted truth that the huge explosion in schools' use of vocational qualifications is a result of tactical attempts to climb league tables. But, unbowed by a blizzard of headlines...
Way over the Rainbow: Comment
A mother recently withdrew her daughter, call her Caitlin, from our school to educate her at home. Nothing wrong with that, you might say. Except that she is on the child protection register. For neglect.Wendy, the indispensable person in every school...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - I'm Ashamed to Be a Teacher: Opinion
Once you have children of your own, your perspective as a teacher is altered. As the parent of a child with special educational needs, that awakening is even starker.In the couple of years since my child started school, I have been forced to ask myself...
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