Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5037, March 29

A Resources Special: Music - Give Music the Kiss of Life: Resources
Want to jazz up your lessons? Then don't be afraid to rock out, says Anthony Anderson.Musical legacies can become musical legends. Every musician - and many music teachers - may have hoped, one day, to be celebrated in a hall of fame. And, indeed, many...
Averting Disaster: Columnists
I was invited to my old school recently, to judge its annual World Book Day competition. The children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite literary characters, and it's a riot of colour and inventiveness as the classes gather excitedly in the...
Blurred Vision: Comment
He hasn't been in the post long, but schools minister David Laws is making his mark. When I heard him speak recently to the National Education Trust (NET), colleagues said they had heard him three times in two days. It's good for the new boy to outline...
Can We Beat the Bullies? Yes We Can: Comment
All staff have a role to play in confronting the ugly side of school, says Jodie Marsh.My name is Jodie Marsh. I was bullied at school. I'm 34 years old and I only recovered from my bullying at the age of 30. A combination of growing up, wising up and,...
Cross-Curricular - Make Overtures: Resources
Students create their own opera and learn it is an art form for all.Opera has long been thought elitist. So how do you persuade 14-year- olds to engage with an art form that originated in late 16th-century Italy and is often sung in another language?...
'Damaged' Teachers Are Paid Pounds 22 Million in Compensation: News
Injured or attacked staff make claims of up to Pounds 380,000.A teacher who was awarded Pounds 380,000 after his arm was slammed into a filing cabinet by a pupil whose football he had confiscated was among school staff who received more than Pounds 22...
English Grade Furore Flares Up Again over 'Harsh' Marks: News
Teachers complain about poor results in January GCSE exams.Teachers claim their students are being unfairly penalised in GCSE English for a second year running after unexpectedly low marks were awarded in this January's exams, TES has learned.They have...
Entrepreneurship - You've Got a Deal: Resources
A teacher-musician has signed up to his students' record label.When Guy Dinwiddy decided to release an album of songs based on his life as a teacher, he did not approach a record company. He turned instead to two enterprising students at his school.Will...
FErret: Fe News
In a lecture or on a stretcher, it's up to youIt takes a tough character to turn around a failing college. So it's no surprise if Reigate College principal Steve Oxlade wanted to sound as though he takes no prisoners when he announced that his college...
FILM - Document the Ch-Ch-Changes: Resources
Students from David Bowie's old school revisit his 1970s past.A major exhibition about one of Britain's most iconic musicians was always going to be a runaway success. But the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, which is hosting David Bowie...
From the Editor - Not 'Enemies of Promise' but Not Credible Either: Opinion
Michael Gove doesn't shrink from a fight. Last week, in typical knockabout fashion, he laid into the "modern enemies of promise", the "guilty men and women who have deprived a generation of the knowledge they need". He knew exactly who they were: "helpfully,...
Funding Overhaul May Leave Most in Need Without: News
Special schools could be short of cash under 'complex' new system.Special schools could be stripped of vital money for some of the country's most vulnerable students after a funding overhaul takes place next month, experts have warned.For the first time,...
History - Play It Again, Sir: Resources
A musical time machine will bring the past to life.Music can instantly evoke any period of human history. As soon as you hear the first guitar twang of A Hard Day's Night you are transported to Carnaby Street in the 1960s. The gentle strum of court music...
Industry Experts Are Told That They Can Teach Too: Fe News
Programme would allow them to pass on skills in FE classrooms.A Teach First-style programme should be developed for colleges to encourage industry experts to spend time in the classroom passing on their skills, a report on vocational education recommends.The...
Maths - It Takes Two: Resources
Open your next lesson with an envelope and a positive number.It was only supposed to be a one-off activity. When the students had settled into the room, I asked them if they could spot the envelope. I told them that inside the envelope was a number and...
MFL - This Sounds Promising: Resources
Conduct your class like an orchestra to make languages a hit.In a previous incarnation I was a decent musician; it was the guitar that led me into Spanish, and I have always liked to sing. But until recently I had never seen myself as a conductor or...
Music - Know the Score: Resources
An orchestra app shows what it's like to play second fiddle - or first.I was nearly late to pick up my daughter. The reason was a highly addictive and beautifully presented musical app: The Orchestra.Even calling it an app seems a little misleading....
News at a Glance: Fe News
Lecturers are hungry for change on free mealsMembers of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have backed the campaign to provide free meals for deprived students in FE colleges. A motion in support of the campaign passed unanimously at the...
Obituary - David Hart 1940-2013: News
David Hart was not just the general secretary of the NAHT heads' union, a colleague commented. He was the NAHT.The undisputed king of the media-friendly sound bite made sure that everyone - headteacher, government minister and journalist - knew who he...
Performance Pay Will Not Hit Teachers until 2014: News
Schools will not implement controversial reform this year.Performance-related pay will not be applied to teachers' salaries until a year later than expected, TES has learned.The controversial overhaul of teachers' pay, which will bring about the end...
Review - Good Advice Buried in Bad Assumptions: News
I like Sue Palmer. As an education consultant she is helpful, funny and extremely knowledgeable. But, within the first 10 pages of her new book, my back is so far up that a couple of vertebrae are threatening to break through the skin.Palmer is the author...
Skills Show Aims to Take Careers on the Road: Fe News
Organisers want to showcase vocational routes at local events.The Skills Show, the annual showcase for the FE sector that last year drew 70,000 visitors, hopes to launch a network of local and regional events to become the heart of a UK-wide programme...
Teach Boys How to Have It All, Says Girls' Schools Leader: News
Work-family balance will be vital when 'team parenting' is norm.Schools should do more to prepare boys for their future roles as working fathers, in which they will be juggling family life and a career, a leading figure in girls' education has said.Charlotte...
Teacher Training Turmoil Sparks Fears of Recruitment Crisis: News
School-based overhaul under fire as heads struggle to fill places.The government's flagship reform of teacher training, which puts schools at the centre of recruiting new staff, has come in for severe criticism from heads who are concerned about poor-quality...
The People's Mathematician: Feature
Marcus du Sautoy, professor for the public understanding of science at the University of Oxford, talks to Helen Ward about inspiring a love of numbers, avoiding the boring stuff and why there should be a 'maths literature' GCSE.Marcus du Sautoy is a...
This week/Next Week: News
This week23-29 MARCH 2013SATURDAYVote of no confidencePoor Sir Michael Wilshaw: he's never really got along with the unions. It emerged that the NUT will use its conference to call for the chief inspector's resignation, saying Ofsted unfairly criticises...
Torture for the Time-Poor: Columnists
There are two types of people who should never, under any circumstances, come into contact with one another: people with time on their hands and teachers with pressures on their time. We belong to two incongruous worlds that need to remain apart, like...
Waiting for a Sea Change: Feature
With transient, deprived populations, seaside resorts such as Skegness are often 'dead ends' of educational underachievement. Yet they receive far less attention than inner cities facing the same challenges, Irena Barker finds. Photography Paul Floyd...
We Must Join Forces in These Troubled Times: Comment
On the eve of the two main teaching conferences, Fred Jarvis makes a plea for the profession to unite in a single union."Dissension and disunity between various unions not only affect their image, they can also lead to a dissipation of energy and a waste...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Longer Lessons? Hold on a Minute ..: Opinion
Since I retired from proper teaching two years ago, life has been blissfully free from anything that is liable to keep me awake at night. I say "proper" teaching because I cannot give up entirely and, much to the incredulity of some of my former colleagues,...
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