Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5160, 2015

A Day in the Life Of
Teaching students in a deprived area of Berlin presents daily challenges for this primary teacher, but she is sure that helping young people to become engaged by learning is 'the greatest job' My day starts at 6.30am when I have a little breakfast,...
An Uncertain Call to End 'Certainties'
Bid to raze teaching structures leaves the foundations intact In his new book, What if everything you knew about education was wrong?, David Didau implores the teaching community to "murder [its] darlings" - namely, the "certainties" that...
Blast from the Past
Summer has descended, briefly, upon us, and dodging its unnatural warmth has brought me to Westfield shopping centre in East London, near the Olympic Park. Normally this means running the gauntlet of my current and former students, doubly so in the holidays....
Calm Prevails as GCSEs Remain Largely Stable
But educational policy still casts a shadow over results GCSE grades have seen another year of stability, results published yesterday show, with a slight rise in A* to C grades for a second consecutive year.The overall proportion of A* to...
Change Is Coming
We have always had a policy to answer our son's questions honestly. He knows there is no subject that embarrasses his dad or me, so he can ask us anything. Thanks to this spirit of openness, he entered his Year 6 sex education class without anticipating...
Conflict of Interest Leads to Rethink of Commissioner Role
Cash-strapped local authorities protest as RSCs seek support The government is to make a major change to the role of the regional schools commissioners appointed to oversee England's increasingly academised school system, TES has learned.Department...
Exam Boards Warned New GCSEs 'Too Easy'
Ofqual rejects more sample papers for harder qualifications The government's GCSE reform programme has been plunged into further uncertainty and controversy, with sample papers for the new qualifications rejected in several key subjects amid...
Goldilocks Is a Guru. Let Me Explain Why
An explanation should be not too easy, not too hard, but just right. Follow this guide to ensuring that students know their stuff Explanations are absolutely vital in teaching yet they are largely ignored when we plan and prepare lessons....
How Tough Is Too Tough?
GCSEs designed to be the hardest ever are about to be introduced in England. The aim is to 'raise standards', but will this result in a decline in schools' performance? Kaye Wiggins investigates In an inconspicuous semi-detached house, on...
IGCSE Grade Drop Leaves Schools 'In Utter Shock'
Heads demand investigation into English language results Schools have warned of "devastating" consequences after their students' results plummeted in an English language IGCSE taken by almost a third of 16-year-olds in England this year.Headteachers...
Imagining a Better Future Is the First Step
Sixth-form education is in a bad place right now, but local area reviews offer a chance to rethink the system from the bottom up Think of all the 16- to 18-year-olds in your area. What do you see? Talented and ambitious young people keen to...
Labour's Academies Get the Thumbs Up
LSE study reveals 'significant improvement' after conversion Labour's sponsored academies programme led to "significant improvements" in attainment, increasing pupils' chances of securing five good grades at GCSE, according to a new study.London...
Lesson Planner
Your weekly collection of inspirational lessons, imaginative resources and newly released books primary scienceClued up on the theoryof evolutionThis lesson on adaptation combines science with history. I start with a "biography in a bag" activity,...
Let's Admit It: We Have a Problem with Exams
A teacher friend once ruefully pointed something out to me. "Results season," he said, "is as stressful for the teachers as it is for the pupils."He wasn't concerned about his position; it was worrying about the kids that had his blood pressure rocketing....
Letting Body Language Do the Talking for You
Research suggests 'power poses' boost confidence and authority, but will they work in the classroom? We decided to find out The famous First World War recruitment poster flashes up on the whiteboard. Lord Kitchener's finger points at the class....
Mr Westhall and Mr Ford by Nicholas Owen
One was particular about punctuation; the other was too kind to give anyone the slipper. The BBC newsreader remembers the teachers who got him through his turbulent school career I had a roller-coaster education. My mum died when I was 8 and...
My Best Assembly
Anxious about the end of the holiday? Your pupils are too... At the beginning of September, most of us, if we're honest, have mixed feelings about the year to come. That longed-for summer break is over, the alarm clock is set and it's back...
News at a Glance
All-through education soars by a thirdThe number of all-through schools in England has soared by more than a third in the past 18 months, according to official statistics. There are now 121 all-through schools - which take pupils from the age of 4 up...
Ofsted Expects? Forget It
Towards the end of last term TES printed an intemperate letter about Ofsted. That is nothing new. What was striking was the author - none other than Her Majesty's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw.His main point was to lambast the criticisms of unnamed...
Parkour Brings Confidence on by Leaps and Bounds
How the sport can help pupils to overcome educational obstacles Kieran Orr is standing on a 10ft ledge, preparing to execute a flip off a daunting precipice for the very first time. As the 14-year-old gulps and tries to forget what could go...
Prepare for a Blockbusting First Day Back
Want to get the year off to a flying start? These tips from the top should help you plan I once watched a documentary about Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise in which their former colleagues explained the painstaking processes of planning and...
Re-Engineering How Girls See Stem
All-female college course aims to promote careers in the sector Highly trained engineers are crucial to many UK growth industries, yet the number of girls studying the subject remains low. This is despite years of efforts by educators to encourage...
'Release Staff to Mark Exams', Colleges Urged
Exam boards push to recruit teachers amid acute marker shortage Colleges will be encouraged to allow their staff to become exam markers as part of a new campaign to tackle a looming shortage, TES can reveal.Awarding bodies have said they will...
Research Corner
Each week, we highlight education research conducted by teachers. Here, Ross Davison, leader of languages at Southend High School for Boys, explains how he tailored the school's pastoral process to help newcomers to the sixth form fit in What?Ross...
Talking Boosts Learning. Now Let's Prove It, Says EEF
Positive findings on attainment gap prompt research drive A major drive is being planned to investigate how learning through talking can close the achievement gap between deprived pupils and their wealthier classmates.Four unrelated studies...
TES Letters
Misguided policies can traumatise young twinsWe were very pleased to see the article about the potential dangers of applying blanket policies regarding the separation of multiples starting primary school ("Why schools should do a double take on separating...
The Driving Force
It offers a multisensory experience like no other. Sunlight accentuates every seductive curve of its aerodynamically sculpted body. In the dust-free interior, the scent of new plastic and vinyl overpowers the olfactory system. The eco-intelligent power...
The Net Result of My Sporting Nightmare
Picture the scene: I have just finished my fifth netball session of the week. It's only Thursday and I'm exhausted - the thought of teaching a full day tomorrow makes me want to crawl into a hole. My PE teacher colleagues ask me to join them at the pub...
The Pupils Getting Back to Their Roots with Etymology
A new olympiad challenges students to trace linguistic past For pupils with a knack for accurate spelling, there is the spelling bee. For maths prodigies, there is the International Olympiad. And now, for children interested in the origins...
'They Miss Their Parents. They Cry and We Look after Them'
Why pedagogy means parenting for the teachers in India caring for Burmese refugees as young as 4 Avi Nakhro cannot provide her pupils with a family. But she tries to make sure they always have sweets."The younger pupils - it's not easy for...
This Week, Next Week
15-21 August 2015SaturdayA Scottish legendA piece of trivia for English teachers: on this day in 1057, the real Macbeth, King of Scotland, died (although some historians cite 14 August). His fall came 17 years after he was crowned on 14 August 1040.SundayMurray's...
'Tim Has X Crates. How Many Cans Are Inside?'
Putting exam questions in a real-life context may seem easy, but there's more to writing a well-rounded paper than you'd think You have a crate of cola that costs £10. The crate contains 12 cans. What is the cost of seven crates? The question...
Unearth Culture at Every Turn
Living far away from a big city is no problem - just get creative I grew up in a city where trips to museums, galleries and theatres were a part of school life. When I talk to friends who teach in cities now, this still seems to be the norm:...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of the best resources available on the TES website What is it? A poster introducing texturesWho is it for? 3-7sWhy is it hot? Print and adapt this poster to use as part of a fun, interactive display-making activity exploring...
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