Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5197, 2016

A Book for Every School Leader
Dylan Wiliam's latest tome on school leadership is a must-read, says one deputy headteacher EVERY TEACHER has a list of books that they think should be essential reading for anyone who works in schools. Such lists will probably feature the...
A Day in the Life Of
Supporting Nepalese girls to get access to quality education has proved an unexpected, but rewarding, adventure for this community mobiliser When my husband Simon and I arrived in Nepal in July 2014, we didn't know what to expect. I joined...
All in Good Faith
If you read this column with any sort of regularity, you know my feelings about the government's Prevent strategy. If you haven't, I'll fill you in: I don't like the government's Prevent strategy. When I went through the training recently (sans dog collar),...
A Week In
A difficult Sats week began with heartwarming messages from teachers to their stressed-out Year 6 pupils going viral on social media. Jenny Thom, of Bucklebury CofE Primary School in Reading, gave her class a list of pre-Sats homework activities, including...
Do Sweat the Small Stuff
Viking shamans used runes, cast and counted. Druids buried their hands in a goose's gizzards to do the same (or worse: Tacitus said that "the Druids consult the gods in the palpitating entrails of men"). Tea leaves, crystal balls, blood on a mirror -...
Ferret
A magic bullet point? Summary justiceHave ministers mentioned something about plans to create 3 million apprenticeships during the current Parliament? It had slipped FErret's mind. Coincidentally, this appears to be exactly what happened to...
How the Apprenticeship Levy Is Gambling with FE's Future
The new policy offers many positive opportunities, but there is also a danger of some unintended consequences I've just got back from Las Vegas. While I was briefly tempted to put our Skills Funding Agency (SFA) allocation on red or black,...
How To.Become Part of a MAT
A headteacher who set up a school-led MAT explains the options for joining or forming one yourself Becoming an academy should not mean a significant change to the everyday experience of your school, but the move to work with other schools...
'I Feel Sad for My Year 6 Children'
Headteacher Richard Bullard ruminates on the 'rollercoaster of a year' that primaries have faced Let's face it. It's been a complete Horlicks of a year for assessment. Nick Gibb said, "This was always going to be a challenging year." Well,...
I'll Fight the 'Fairer' Funding Formula, Says London Mayor
Newly elected Sadiq Khan tells TES he will make sure the capital's schools don't lose money to rural areas Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has vowed to fight the government's plan to bring in a new national school funding formula...
Improving the Profession Is a Trick of Confidence
Teaching is now a high-pressure job, but the tools to ensuring greater personal wellbeing are already in our hands, says this secondary head of research We are in the midst of a seismic shift in education in England. Mass academisation, initiated...
It's Time for Sir Michael to Sing Up about the Arts
I have a confession to make. I have just read Sir Michael Wilshaw's last annual Ofsted report, a rather impressive 150-page document. It doesn't stop there: I followed up - "for afters", as it were - by reading a dozen Ofsted school inspection reports....
Legal Ease: Is Your School Ready for the National Living Wage?
LAST MONTH saw the launch of the national living wage (NLW). All workers aged 25 and over are now entitled to receive a rate of at least £7.20 per hour. Some critics have dismissed this as little more than a rebrand of the national minimum wage by the...
More Schools to Be Judged as 'Failing'
The number of primary schools below floor standards could rise by a fifth this year, TES can reveal, contradicting the impression given by education secretary Nicky Morgan.The DfE will cap the number of schools missing the targets - partly based on this...
Most Learning Is Invisible: You Can't Plan for That
I went round to a friend's house the other night to drink wine and dissect The Archers, only to find her lesson planning."It's OK," she told me. "I can chat and do this at the same time. The teaching part's done; this is just the learning stuff.""What...
Mr Green by Ian McKellen
The veteran actor remembers a teacher who gave him the chance to have a wizard time starring in his school's Shakespearean productions My school, Bolton School in Lancashire, was an independent grammar school. It was fee-paying, but I got...
Nicky Morgan Steps in over Treatment of Unwell Pupils
But heads say it is the government's move to linear exams that has left sick students without grades Education secretary Nicky Morgan has intervened after complaints from ministers and MPs about "the perceived harshness and unfairness" of...
On Reform, Ministers Have Shown No Genius
If all children were constantly told, as grit supremo Angela Duckworth was by her father, that "You're no genius", what would their reaction be? For some, like Duckworth, it would spur them on to greatness to prove their critics wrong. Others, however,...
Permission to Panic, Captain Mainwaring
You knew things were getting tense in Dad's Army when Lance Corporal Jones' incessant cries of "Don't panic!" were replaced by "Permission to panic, sir". It seems that such a tipping point may have been reached regarding the apprenticeship levy.The...
Progress 8 Gives Grammars a 'Head Start', Adviser Admits
Measure designed to be fairer is biased in favour of schools with high-ability intakes, DfE analyst says The government's new "fairer" secondary accountability measure contains a built-in advantage for schools with high-ability intakes, a...
Sats: A Problem That's Crying out for a Solution
I got up at 6am on Tuesday to set off to prepare my school for the Year 6 grammar, punctuation and spelling test, only to find that it had already been released to markers (bit.ly/GrammarLeak). This follows the fiasco of the key stage 1 test being leaked...
Schools Don't Open Their Doors to Us, Say Colleges
Survey reveals frustration at not being able to inform pupils about FE opportunities One of colleges' biggest complaints in recent years has been the difficulty of gaining access to young people in local schools to tell them about the vocational...
Scrap Sats, Say Teachers - but Pupils Beg to Differ
Parents also back stopping primary tests, in poll by TES, Mumsnet and First News Most teachers and parents want primary school Sats scrapped, but more than half of pupils think the tests should stay, exclusive new surveys reveal.The results...
Teachers 'Need a Translator' to Use Research in Class
Staff are increasingly relying on academic papers, but a study finds they aren't written in an accessible way Poorly written papers and a lack of clear examples mean that teachers often struggle to interpret academic research and put it to...
'Teach Slang to Fight Bias'
An Academic has called for primaries to teach slang, partly to counter a perceived bias towards middle-class pupils in literacy Sats.Some teachers took to social media this week to express their outrage about Monday's key stage 2 reading test, which...
The Fallout from the Biggest Education U-Turn Yet
Last week, the government abandoned plans to force every state school in England to become an academy. Here, Richard Vaughan and Eleanor Busby explain why school leaders may still find themselves caught between ministers and the unions Has...
The Rules Every Teacher Has to Remember during Exam Season
The teacher's role during exam season can be a confusing one, with multiple emotions and duties to contend with. Stephen Petty offers a comprehensive guide to ensure that both you and your students make it through unscathed In my first few...
Threat of 'Shocking Fraud' in New Apprentice System
Call for robust safeguards as figures reveal over 100 cases investigated in three years The switch to a new system for funding apprenticeships alongside the introduction of the levy could lead to "shocking and prevalent examples of fraud"...
Tips for Making Sure Your College Has Tech's Appeal
You don't have to let senior managers set the digital agenda - making a change isn't virtually impossible Just two short years ago, the publication of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group's report (see bit.ly/FeltagReport)...
We Need an Orchestrated Effort to Win This Fight
A battle over academisation may have been won, writes veteran educationist Fred Jarvis, but the war over the future of education policy has only just begun Through all my 60 years involved in or campaigning for education, I have never known...
What Parents of Children with SEND Want You to Know
There are six key areas where schools could better support children with SEND, say parents - let's work together to achieve the very best for every child 1 Acknowledge diagnoses and work with professionalsI found this one hard to believe at...
Whispers from Westminster
This U-turn is a case of cock-up, not conspiracy Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education The blunders of our Government is a fascinating book, charting the cross-party...
Why I'm Now Flying the Flag for 'British Values'
As the daughter of two refugees, my initial reaction to the "British values" agenda which emerged from the "Trojan Horse" allegations in Birmingham schools was one of anxiety. It seems hyperbolic to write this now but, at the time of its emergence, the...
You Can't Busk It When It Comes to SEND
send focus If there's one thing about teaching that no one ever tells you before you have done it yourself, it is the disproportionately large number of opportunities that there are for making a prize chump of yourself.That time when you congratulated...
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