Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5003, July 27

A Neet Solution?: Fe Comment
At the last count, this government had executed 29 policy U-turns, but no amount of evidence, it seems, will convince Chancellor George Osborne that austerity measures are not counterproductive. And, unfortunately for those in colleges, the wisdom of...
Awkward Chafing Irritates: Columnists
My husband really irritates me. For a start, he insists on using talcum powder. Not just tiny conservative dustings of it but great nuclear clouds of the stuff. Walking into the bathroom after he's had a shower is like walking into Pompeii after the...
Book Spend of 31p Speaks Volumes, Says Charity: News
Schools are not investing enough in libraries, survey finds.According to the government, authors such as Dryden, Keats and Dickens should be at the heart of school life. But far from valuing literature, secondaries are spending as little as the cost...
Can't Sleep, Won't Sleep: Feature
Nightmares, anxiety and too long spent playing on the Xbox are just some of the reasons why many children are struggling to stay awake at school. Now one borough has called in an expert to try to tackle the problem. Claire Shaw reports.A tiny, specially...
Choir Joins Megastar on His Mission to Mars: News
Pupils sing on Will.i.am track to be beamed back from red planet.Appearing on one of the year's biggest TV talent shows is something most pupils would never forget. Recording a single with a judge from the show is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But...
College Aims High with Research Role Appointments: Fe News
Move blurs boundaries between further and higher education.A college has recruited three staff into higher education teaching and research roles, in an unprecedented move that further blurs the boundaries between universities and colleges offering HE.Furness...
Destination Data Branded 'Drivel' by Headteachers: News
Union says government was wrong to publish 'flawed' statistics.The Vast new tables of statistics are supposed to shed light on schools' success in preparing pupils for the next steps of their lives. But a week after the government published the first...
Elite Private School Group May Force out 'Struggling' Members: News
HMC debates ditching recession-hit independents with falling rolls.Financial problems and dwindling pupil numbers at top private schools could force at least a dozen independents out of the elite Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), TES...
End-of-Year Optimism: Columnists
Forgive any whiff of demob-happiness. I'm writing at the end of another school year and in the midst of a strong course of aversion therapy.According to a learned journal (oh, all right then, Wikipedia), aversion therapy is a type of treatment designed...
English - Generation Game: Resources
Young people interview their elders to improve oracy.Communication skills are increasingly recognised as being key to educational success. Taking Stock, a survey in 2008 by the Confederation of British Industry, noted: "Oral communication skills are...
FErret: Fe News
Waiting on tables is not to teenagers' tasteWhen FErret was just a kid, college students were grateful for whatever work they could come by.But the current crop of youngsters just doesn't have the same work ethic. Teenagers on Guernsey, the BBC reports,...
From the Archive - 05.02.1988: News
How the other half learnsTake 10 pupils from a famous public school and let them swap places for a week with 10 kids from a state school on a miserable edge of Liverpool. The result can be seen in BBC Two's 40 Minutes, a series of social documentaries.The...
From the Editor - Use or Lose the Pupil Premium, but Use It Wisely: Opinion
We know a lot about ourselves these days. We know that the happiest place in Britain is the Orkneys and the grumpiest is South Wales. We know that life expectancy decreases by 12 years on a 20-minute tube journey from Lancaster Gate to Mile End. And...
From the Forums: Opinion
Who saw the Olympic torch? One of the local torch-bearers came into school today and we all had the chance to see it, touch it, hold it and have photos taken with him and the torch. The kids - although having no idea what it was all about - were very...
History - No Horsing Around: Resources
Saddle up for an exhibition that explores equine history.There is a potentially great quiz question at the heart of The Horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot, the latest exhibition at the British Museum: what links the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian and...
Inspection Firm Cracks Down on 'Cut and Paste': News
Inspector at heart of row no longer works for Ofsted contractor.One of the biggest companies used to carry out Ofsted inspections has had to overhaul its quality control measures to ensure that it does not approve "cut and paste" reports about schools.Ofsted...
March of 'Mediocrity': Ofsted Hits out at New Technical Colleges: Fe News
Of the 17 FE college sponsors, seven are 'satisfactory' or below.University technical colleges were designed to "combine outstanding hands-on learning with an excellent academic education", according to former education secretary Lord Baker, the mastermind...
Maths - How My Garden Grows: Resources
Students, like plants, require the right environment to flourish.In the summer holidays I invariably spend time in our garden. In their long beds down each side, the 25 or so shrubs remind me of a classroom of 25 students, only with more rain.And so...
Modern Foreign Languages - Nothing Is Impossible: Resources
Si, you can stage a production in both English and Spanish."That's impossible", the Year 4 children chant as one, after learning that they are to stage a production in English and Spanish. "No," I reply, deploying my most authoritative Spanish accent,...
Music - and the Point Is ..: Resources
In music lessons, objectives are vital and keep everyone focused."Sir, why are we doing this?" The question echoes around my head as well as the classroom. The pupils have all stopped their work and everyone is listening. It is make-or-break time. "Erm...
News at a Glance: Fe News
College installs mock Oxford don's studySouth Cheshire College has created a mock University of Oxford study in a bid to encourage more students to apply to Oxbridge. After being chosen as the North West hub for Pembroke College, Oxford, the college...
News at a Glance: News
Teacher who made lewd pie request struck offA teacher who tried to get students to satisfy his food fetish was this week banned from teaching in Scotland. Gavin Bradford asked students to smear themselves with ketchup and eggs and pour milk into their...
No More Rooms of Their Own?: Feature
The legal requirement to have a staffroom has now been dropped, and with space - and time - at a premium, it may soon be a distant memory. But would teachers really miss it? Adi Bloom visits two schools to find out.There's no way it would have been right...
Obituary - Peter Hastings 1922-2012: News
Peter Hastings was a visionary Catholic headteacher who championed children's curiosity and their right to enjoy learning in an atmosphere of freedom.Peter Charles Hastings was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1922, the second son of a lawyer who served on the...
Review - Man Hands on Misery to Man: News
Halfway through the most recent documentary in Channel 4's Lost Children series, which offers a glimpse inside an alternative provision school in Berkshire, Philip Larkin's This Be the Verse drifted into my head.As the poet wrote back in 1971, "They...
Science - Fun in the Forbidden: Resources
This scientific adventure novel puts the Fizz into physics.The novel Fizz: nothing is as it seems by Zvi Schreiber manages to present the history and principles of physics in a non-traditional and enthralling way.Fizz is an 18-year-old girl who lives...
Seeking an Epiphany in the Wrong Places: Resources
Studies of the brain show that creativity is not a random gift from the Muses; from having a bath to painting the walls blue, there are ways we can harness it, says Martin Spice.Creativity is one of those qualities that everyone seems to want but nobody...
The Show Must Go On: Columnists
Last week I was invited back to my old school - where I was head for a number of decades - to watch their summer play, and I jumped at the chance. Writing and staging the summer musical show is one of the things I miss in retirement and I was delighted...
The Toughest Audience in the World: Comment
Comedian Carrie Quinlan found plenty of food for thought when she turned to teaching.It's a tricky skill, dealing with individuals who don't yet truly know who they are, who are trying out personas on a world they don't always understand, who are learning...
The View from Here - Romania - Classroom Chaos Brings Back Bad Memories: News
Of all the former Iron Curtain states to fall in the upheaval of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the only one to do so amid bloody violence was Romania, where the deposed president, Nicolae Ceausescu, was executed with his wife Elena in December 1989.Now...
This Week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK 21-27 JULY 2012SATURDAYTIME TO SHELL OUTShucking hell, it was the start of the Whitstable Oyster Festival. Connoisseurs flocked to the north Kent coast to celebrate the delicious bivalve molluscs. A bit of crabbing was going on, too.SUNDAYIN...
We Would Address Your Primary Concern: Comment
If there is one document that encapsulates the problem with the government's approach to education, it is the resignation letter that two of the expert panel members of the Department for Education's national curriculum review sent last month to Michael...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Don't Kill off PRUs, Learn from Us: News
I have recently returned from a conference on pupil referral units (PRUs) organised by a group of energetic and hard-working volunteers, most of whom run their own schools as well. As always, the conference was excellent and gave us the valuable opportunity...
'Worst Attacks since 1990s' Fire Up New UCU Leader: Fe News
Rallying cry from union president in defence of lecturers' conditions.It was the battle following the incorporation of colleges that made an activist of Kathy Taylor, the new president of the University and College Union (UCU). Now, as the Northumberland...
'Zero Impact': Survey Finds Flaws in Pupil Premium Use: News
Schools ignore evidence by focusing on class sizes and TAs.Schools are wasting millions of pounds of pupil premium funding by spending it on projects that show little evidence of providing value for money, a report released today reveals.A survey of...
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