Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5166, 2015

A Day in the Life Of
São Paulo may rival England for drizzle, but this teacher finds that her all-through British school in Brazil, where pupils choose the direction of classes, is one of the world's most upbeat places If I ask you to imagine a typical school...
All Bite and No Bark
Where are the dogs who bark in the night to warn us of the robbers who are ransacking our schools? There's a lot to bark about and precious little barking.Consider: it isn't simply curriculum and exam change being implemented before advice arrives on...
Beating IS on the Iraqi Playing Fields
PE link between England and besieged region survives threat It would be understandable if delivering high-quality PE had fallen down the list of priorities for schools in Northern Iraq, with the brutal Islamic State (IS) camped on their doorstep....
Claire Lotriet's World of Ed Tech
The first time I introduced coding to a class, as part of a games design project with Kodu (a visual programming language for children), things did not go exactly as planned.My first mistake was underestimating just how long the students would want to...
DfE Lays Foundation for New Schools - with Private Cash
It seeks advice on how to secure funds for school buildings The government is inviting some of the world's biggest consultancy firms to advise on how it might secure private sector cash to pay for more free-school buildings.The Department...
'Discriminatory' GCSE Grading Set to Spark Rebellion
New benchmark triggers equality fears for employers and colleges Employers and colleges could circumvent ministers' attempts to "raise standards" through new-look GCSE grading by asking applicants to jobs and courses for grades below the "good...
Disobedience in the Ranks? Vive la Révolution!
It's the beginning of a new school year and the boundaries are being tested. But we're not talking about pupils - it's the staff. It may not quite be Paris in May 1968, but there's definitely a whiff of rebellion in the air.First, Vic Goddard, charismatic...
'Don't Be a Counsellor for Anorexia, Be a Help'
Training on eating disorders is scant, but one pupil in recovery shares her suggestions for how teachers can offer support Puberty is a period of drastic change that brings with it the complexities and challenges of growing up. For some young...
Fashionista Sue Needs a Tailor-Made Approach
To truly help jobseekers fulfil their potential, mandatory classes should be adapted to better suit learners - and their teachers I used to have a student called Sue who dreamed of a career in fashion. She was in her late forties and studying...
Get Up and Atom with Some Smashing Tasks
Ditch the Bunsen burners and fire up the Large Hadron Collider, because real-world research is the way to hook students on science "It's like playing at being Nasa or the European Space Agency, but they're not really playing. They're doing...
Going to Markets
It's hard to find much optimism in the further education sector. The prospect of another tough spending round and area reviews aimed at creating "fewer, larger, more resilient and efficient" providers doesn't seem like much fun. Can FE go on like this?Many...
'Keep Pupil Premium, but It's No Panacea'
Despite an election pledge to maintain the disadvantaged-pupils fund, the Tories' other polices are holding back social mobility By any standards, Jamie and Karen were disadvantaged. Their father was gone and their mother wasn't coping; they...
Leadership
freedom is key in lesson observation It's time for colleges to let teaching staff take ownership of lesson observation, says Dan WilliamsI have a 22-month-old daughter who learns new things extremely quickly. She likes to watch other children...
Lesson Planner
Your weekly collection of inspirational lessons, imaginative resources and newly released books secondary mathsAre you feeling lucky?A fun way to deliver dry topics such as statistics is to create a casino. The idea of getting something for...
Love That Keeps Giving In
Love is...sleeping with your pet hamster and accidentally crushing it to death during the night. This happened to my old school mate Derek "Ashtray" Ashmore in the late 1960s.It was a deeply distressing experience for boy and rodent alike. And the reason...
Miss Parry and Mr Chivers by Steven Berkoff
The actor and 'bad boy' of British theatre got his first taste of the power of a beautiful speaking voice with these two eloquent and dignified teachers in East London I passed the 11-plus and got an automatic scholarship to Raine's Foundation...
News at a Glance
Caltech tops THE's World University RankingsThe California Institute of Technology has been rated the world's best university, followed by Oxford and Cambridge in the top five. The latest World University Rankings, published by TES' sister publication...
Ofqual Admits Extra Checks for Science Papers 'Didn't Work'
But experts fear 'race to the bottom' without added scrutiny Exams watchdog Ofqual has called off plans to use extra checks on the standards of new GCSE science papers, in a move that experts warn could encourage a "race to the bottom" by...
Seeing Double: How to Shut Down the Plagiarists
Copying can be tricky to deal with, but you can't ignore it Life, you might argue, is plagiarism. We start with nothing, are bombarded with input from Day 1, then suddenly: bingo! All those facts, ideas and opinions magically become our own....
Superhead Snubs Baseline Assessment
Dame Alison Peacock joins thousands of others in refusing tests One of the government's key advisers on primary education and most feted headteachers, Dame Alison Peacock, has revealed that her school will refuse to carry out the controversial...
Swyp with Txtspk? Teachers Urged to See the Value in Online Slang
Education researcher says teenagers have to express themselves OMG! UR txtspk makes ppl lol, but no one will listen 2 u or take u srsly.Teachers should welcome internet abbreviations and textspeak in the classroom, rather than seeing its use...
Taking the Michael?
Expecting the inspectorsGiven the kerfuffle around the purge of inspectors at Ofsted when Sir Michael Wilshaw took the whole thing in-house, some pretty basic questions have still not been answered.First, a reminder of the new regime: organisations that...
Talking Point
leaving so soon: exit interviews Making a staff member who is leaving sit in a formal setting and tell a line manager exactly why is not ubiquitous in schools, but it is fairly common.In the business world they call it an "exit interview"....
TES Letters
One-size-fits-all academies won't doAlthough the Catholic Education Service supports the Education Bill's aim of raising standards, we do not accept that conversion to sponsored academy status is the only way to improve inadequate schools ("What will...
The Curious Case of the Vanishing Pets
They teach children about kindness, empathy and the birds and bees, as well as inspiring art, poetry and science. So why are they all but extinct? Lisa Jarmin investigates the mysterious disappearance of the classroom creature I was five years...
There's No Place for Arrogance
Want your school to soar? Be a more approachable leader Why DO people sometimes become arrogant when they gain a senior leadership position? It seems so contrary to the values of our profession.I was brought up to believe that you should treat...
The Thrill of the Drill
IN 1978's Superman: The Movie, Lex Luthor muses: "Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe."I'm no genius,...
This Week, Next Week
26 September - 2 October 2015SaturdayPlayground battlesWales beat England in the Rugby World Cup, but it ultimately boiled down to a battle of the teachers: both the English and Welsh coaches, Stuart Lancaster and Warren Gatland respectively, once taught...
Treat Extremism like Anorexia, Says Terrorism Expert
Tackling radicalism is about 'safeguarding, not security' Teachers should tackle Islamist extremism among pupils in the same way they would treat eating disorders, a leading counter-terrorism expert has said.Schools are under mounting pressure...
Wardrobe of Personas
I am occasionally Will Smith. Not the one from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, nor the one from Men in Black; it's much more specific. I'm Will Smith from his appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2013. Have a look - it's worth a Google. He radiates charisma...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of the best resources available on the TES website What is it? A cut-out counting activity for numbers 1-5Who is it for? 3-5sWhy is it hot? Children cut out the different sets of pictures, count how many there are, then match...
Whispers from Westminster
Checks and balances Jonathan Simons is head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange. This is the first of his new weekly columns on policy and educationPolitics is easy to understand. "Poly" from the Greek, meaning many. And "tics": horrible...
Why Esol Cuts Risk a Rise in Extremism
Colleges fear slashing courses will isolate vulnerable communities Funding cuts to courses in English for speakers of other languages (Esol) could lead to a greater risk of radicalisation in minority ethnic communities, it has been warned.The...
'You Won't Find Better Primaries in the World'
But outgoing head of IoE rues England's divided secondaries The world's best primary schools are in England, according to Chris Husbands.And as an academic who for the past five years has headed the UCL Institute of Education - now the world's...
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