Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5009, September 7

Aim for a PB in Optimism: Comment
I hope someone has taken our prime minister aside and spoken to him as the inflatable teacher in the inflatable school spoke to the inflatable student holding a drawing pin: "You've let the school down, you've let me down, but most of all you've let...
Celebrating Dedication to Excellence in FE: Fe News
The ultimate prizes are in sight for the TES FE Awards finalists.The shortlist for the second TES FE Awards is announced today, with hundreds of entries across the 12 categories whittled down to just six finalists in each.Along with a lifetime achievement...
Cool Enough for School: Feature
Pop star turned physics professor Brian Cox epitomises the rise of the nerd in popular culture. He tells Helen Ward why he is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists.The summer school is due to start in two hours' time and Professor...
Dilapidated, Leaking and Impossible to Heat: News
Half of teachers say lessons are hindered by run-down buildings.The full extent to which schools are suffering with leaking roofs and broken boilers was revealed this week as more than half of teachers claimed that their lessons are being hindered by...
Driven to Distraction: Columnists
For the first September in 60 years, I am not returning to school.It's a strange feeling, but I'm glad I took the decision to retire at Christmas. I knew I would miss the job enormously, so I balanced that against the pleasure of not having to rise early...
Educating Businesses: Fe Comment
As the owner of a successful jewellery business, Jason Holt must have a good appraising eye. One of the virtues of his report on apprenticeships and small business was the way he trained his jeweller's loupe on business as well as the education world.Surprisingly,...
English - Avast Ye! Here Be Booty: Resources - Secondary
Talk Like a Pirate Day is sure to enthuse pupils about language.There is always a rhythm to school years. September kicks off with a mood of giddy optimism and, as well as the lessons, there are festivals, special days and themed events that punctuate...
Fees Pressure Pushes Elite into Arms of the State: News
Prestigious independent school in 'groundbreaking' merger.A historic independent school that counts comic actor Stan Laurel among its alumni is to become the first to merge with a state primary and become a government-funded academy.The King's School...
'Freakish' Results, Falling Intakes, Hastily Rejigged Timetables: Fe News
The English GCSE grades debacle has left colleges in turmoil.As if the arrival of thousands of new students this week was not enough for colleges to contend with, principals have been busy hiring new teachers and tearing up their timetables as a result...
Free Schools 'Pet Project' Is Dogged by Failures: News
But there are successes, such as the first chain set up by a teacher.The failure of planned free schools to get off the ground has prompted accusations this week that the government is wasting millions of pounds on its favourite policy.But while some...
From the Archive - 07.10.1983: News
A case of follow my leader for tough headsMrs Thatcher's tough image is seen to have inspired many independent school headmasters to take a much firmer line on school discipline.Christopher Turner, headmaster of Stowe School, which expelled 12 of its...
From the Editor - in These Dark Times, There Are Some Shining Lights: Opinion
"If we wish hard enough we can recreate a universe where the holidays are doubled. I call it the Cognitive Tinkerbell effect," tweeted our behaviour expert on the eve of returning to school this week. Failing that, he went on, "Drink everything in your...
Gove Is Dealt a New Hand in the Cabinet Reshuffle: News
David Laws returns to prominence after 2010 expenses scandal.Prime Minister David Cameron used his first ministerial shake-up to completely overhaul the Department for Education this week. Out went schools minister Nick Gibb, who was the most high-profile...
Hayes 'A Hard Act to Follow' for New FE Minister: Fe Comment
Hancock shuffles into role, but some in the sector are 'gutted'.The FE sector was shocked to learn this week that it would be getting a new government minister. The news broke when the 10 Downing Street Twitter feed revealed that John Hayes would be...
History - an Admirable Admiral?: Resources - Primary
Was Drake a hero or a villain? A role play helps pupils decide.They say history is written by the victors, but acting it out can help children see both sides.Role play with Year 4 can be a tense affair. Our dramatisation of Tudor punishments, which included...
Language Woes Deepen as 20 Tongues Are Licked: News
OCR plans to axe most of its 'community language' courses.Qualifications widely used in schools in 20 foreign languages - including Hindi, Cantonese and Tamil - are facing the axe under plans drawn up by one of the major exam boards. The Asset languages...
Maths - Divide and Conquer: Resources - Primary
Pirate gangs compete to solve number problems and win booty.Why do American pirates have both ears pierced?A good question and one that perplexed me from the moment the star joke teller in my Year 4 class asked. We had just embarked on a pirate-themed...
MFL - Soapsud Shanties: Resources - Secondary
Use song to combine pirate life with everyday vocabulary."I'm a pirate, look at me!/Stealing, sailing, wild and free!"That sounds fun. But how do you give a lesson on pirates to secondary children without teaching useless vocabulary such as "cutlass"...
Music - Buccaneers' Ballads: Resources - Secondary
Jaunty pirate songs provide a theme for theory and composition."Hey Sir - these sea shanties are really cool! How does that squeeze- box work again? Can we have another tune?"This from a boy in the group who pupils look up to but who usually creates...
Notes on a Similar Scandal: The 2002 A-Level Fiasco: News
Ofqual has important questions to answer about its role in the English GCSE fiasco, according to the man who led the official inquiry into the country's last major exam grading scandal. Sir Mike Tomlinson (pictured) scrutinised the actions of the former...
Ofqual Rules Suggest It Should Have Prevented GCSE Grading Changes: News
And headteacher favoured by Gove calls for boycott of exam board.Ofqual's own rules suggest that it should have prevented controversial changes to the grading of this summer's English GCSEs and allowed a rise in results, TES can reveal.The exams watchdog...
Pounds 20m Campus Plans Shelved as Job Losses Threatened: Fe News
Financial woes leave Kent college facing prospect of strike action.It has been a week to forget for K College. Just days after it emerged that the college has been forced to shelve its plans for a new Pounds 20 million campus (pictured) due to funding...
Review - Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis, Biteback Publishing - A Third Way to Transform Schools: News
In the 15 years since the mantra "education, education, education" was used to describe Labour's priorities for government, a lot has happened. Andrew Adonis has been centrally involved in education policy throughout, as Downing Street adviser, education...
Review - Tale of the Unexpected: Resources - Extra
Find marvellous medicine for young minds in a Dahl biography.When Michael Rosen met Roald Dahl in a TV studio green room in 1980, both were successful children's authors - though Dahl was well on his way to becoming legendary. He had already written...
Science - Professor Pugwash: Resources - Primary
A life of plundering on the high seas required a bit of science.From the classic novel Treasure Island to the Aardman animated film linking pirates to Charles Darwin (which never happened in real life, although Darwin sailed the high seas for five years...
The Bewhiskered Head with the Victorian Values: News
Controversial former schools minister Sir Rhodes Boyson dies aged 87.Sir Rhodes Boyson, the cane-wielding headteacher and Conservative MP, was renowned as much for his controversial views on corporal punishment, comprehensive schools and gay rights as...
Then There Were Four: The New 'Super Authorities': News
Regional alliances take over Welsh councils' standards remit.The start of the new term in Wales is accompanied by one of the biggest changes in the country's educational landscape in 13 years of devolution: the end of individual local authorities' control...
The View from Here - US - School Secularism Is Dealt a Blow in Missouri: News
In the early days of the union, America's founding fathers made a few additions to their fledgling constitution. The first of their amendments ensured religious liberty. And to make sure no religious group could subjugate any other, public life would...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK1-7 SEPTEMBER 2012SATURDAYLike cures likeThe fallout from the GCSE marking crisis continued with reports on Ofqual's investigation. The solution to those disappointed by marking problems with exams is more exams, the watchdog decided.SUNDAYNot...
Turn 'Worst 100' into UTCs, Says Lord Baker: News
Failing schools would become 'spectacular' as technical colleges.The "worst 100 schools in the country" should be shut down and university technical colleges (UTCs) set up in their buildings, the architect of the initiative has claimed in a candid interview.Former...
Under Your Skin: Feature
No matter what emotional barriers you put up to allow you to do your job, some pupils will always break through, writes Tom Bennett.Carli was a pupil I nearly taught 10 years ago, when I was training. I say nearly because while I was waving my futile...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Tension between Two Cultures: Opinion
I'm struggling with one of the Traveller children in my school. Well, not so much with her as with the polarised attitudes she engenders in staff. Between "Come on, let's be honest, they leave litter and they thieve and we all know it" and "We have to...
What Links Insects and Chocolate?: Comment
The answer is the creative curriculum. That way madness lies, writes Jo Brighouse.I'm struggling with my medium-term planning. Curriculum planning in August is normally a doddle, when a brand new class awaits you and you're not competing with piles of...
What's That Smell?: Columnists
I've just had a shower. By all accounts it was not before time. After brushing past my youngest son, his exclamation of "God, what is that smell?" prompted the rest of my children to test the air like sniffer dogs before they decided that the cocaine...
Why Gove Is Wrong to Erode Council Control: Comment
Tory Nickie Aiken, schools boss for an inner-city borough, speaks out.Over the past eight years, we at Westminster City Council have achieved nothing short of a revolution in our inner-city schools. While central government is seeking to reduce local...
Why Pirates Should Walk the Plank: Resources
To children they are magnificent, the stuff of legend, but the threat they pose at sea is still very real. A. W. Purdue reports.They roamed the Spanish Main in their armed ships, flying the skull and crossbones. And, though many of the most famous were...
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