Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5220, 2016

A Day in the Life Of. Sarah Wilkins
This volunteer teacher helps children with HIV/Aids access education and all-round care in South Africa, enabling them to learn, play and feel cared for The sun is almost always shining when I arrive at school. I have been working as a volunteer...
All in It Together
Where competition is rife, someone always loses out - so it's vital to ensure effective collaboration between schools to benefit all students I could write reams about the value of collaboration over competition, but I'd be preaching to the...
A Surefire Way to Get More State Pupils into Oxbridge
Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education When I was working in Downing Street in 2007, the government was focused on how education can be used to boost social mobility and effect...
At Pool Time, We Can Keep Our Heads above the Water
It was Friday afternoon, which meant one thing: swimming. The trials of the modern-day primary school teacher are increasingly well documented, but amid all the headlines of 60-hour weeks and Sats reform, you hear very little mention of swimming-pool...
Bog Standard
These days, the school toilet is often a no-go area - a dirty and dangerous place where bullies know their victims can't call for help. John Stanier rolls back through history to discover how we got here and asks where we go next It was on...
Comparative Judgement: A World of Pure Imagination?
Primary teachers may feel uncomfortable with ranking their students - but isn't that what we do, anyway? If you are a Year 2 or Year 6 teacher, how would you feel if someone told you that they could guarantee you wouldn't have a moderation...
Could Sainsbury Save the Day? Don't Hold Your Breath
There are far too many shortcomings and omissions in the latest attempt to overhaul the FE sector Shortly after the shock of the EU referendum, Nick Boles, then skills minister, published Lord Sainsbury's review of technical education, alongside...
Cracks in Hull Give Us a Sinking Feeling
The leadership of Hull College has had a lot to contend with in recent months, what with the industrial action, a row with an MP - and the area review They've had quite a time of it at Hull College of late. There's barely been time to look...
Critics Decry 'Scandalous' Spike in Playing-Field Sales
Playground sell-offs peak in August, and heads say that council funding cuts could be to blame More SCHOOL playing-field sell-offs were approved by the government in August than in any other month this decade - and the numbers are steadily...
Does Class Culture Affect Behaviour?
Class culture is a powerful tool and can have a direct impact on behaviour. It starts with you: your attitude, your presence. You are the decisive element in your classroom.Set the scene. Wear what you feel is professional dress, show your status as...
'Embrace Part-Time Working to Beat Recruitment Crisis'
Heads may view flexible working as a headache but it can offer schools more subject specialists, say experts Heads are frequently approached by staff hoping to work part-time - motivated by family commitments or a fear that the workload of...
Gen Z Is Not in 'Crisis', So Don't Project It onto Them
Feelings of sadness or confusion should not be mistaken for serious mental issues - and young people today are better equipped to deal with them than we ever were one thing I was on the lookout for when writing Generation Z: their voices,...
Got Gripes and Grumbles? Take a Tip from the Doctor
If you're not happy with your current role at an academy, fear not: our resident mystery Agony Aunt has some advice for you... As the first half-term draws to a close, the moans and groans from the coalface in MAT-land are already reaching...
Grammars Are a Welcome Distraction for Justine
Justine Greening has been secretary of state for education just long enough to know what the key problems are that the government must address. Unfortunately for her, the "to do" list is long.School leaders across the country despair when they hear Nick...
Hale and Arty
This teacher used to suffer from craft-based bigotry, but teaching the subject in the community has helped her to openly embrace her love of glitter and PVA I'm Currently Teaching functional skills English in a college and working in two community...
How a New Scheme Is Easing the Plight of Refugee Teachers
British Council project gives educators fleeing war and Islamic State access to professional development Ask for a list of the needs of Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing war and Islamic State, and most will name food, clothes, blankets.Few...
How Colleges Can Educate the Workforce of Tomorrow
Jobs are changing and FE must be ready to equip the 'drone engineers' of the future with the skills they need The workplace is changing at such a rapid pace that it is difficult to make predictions about what tomorrow might bring. Many of...
How to Get Retention Right
Executive head Helena Marsh shares her tried and tested formula for keeping staff happy in their work hile it is healthy and desirable to support teachers to move on to pastures new for personal reasons or to serve career motivations, the...
How to Handle Pupils Who Love Playing Up
Some students crave the limelight - and their attempts to grab attention can disrupt lessons. Gordon Cairns offers advice on neutralising this threat to classroom order You know the kind of student I'm talking about. We've all taught them:...
It's Time for a Loo World Order in Our Schools
School toilets have got a bad reputation, and it's up to us to clean them up for the sake of our students, says TES editor Ann Mroz At Hogwarts, girls enter the first-floor girls' lavatory - otherwise known as Moaning Myrtle's bathroom - only...
Join Forces in a United Front
Unions must put aside self-interests to get a better deal for the sector as a whole, says TES FE editor Stephen Exley The most deep-rooted division among education professionals has been carved out by self-interest. The classroom unions are...
Leave 'Social Mobility' outside the School Gate
Education is not a tool for social justice, but for developing children's minds, so fix the economy first before expecting teachers to solve a problem for politicians What are schools and education for? I ask because, today, the answer is...
SEND Focus: The Last to Be Picked
A long time ago, I used to run a school choir. I loved doing it, especially when I had a colleague to help me. Directing from the piano, while you're still playing, without sounding too much like you're doing an impression of Les Dawson is no mean feat...
TES Talks To.Todd Rose
We are conditioned to believe that comparing students to the 'average' is the best way to improve their attainment. But this Harvard professor tells Joseph Lee that only by recognising individuality can we truly support learning Before Todd...
The 'Pre-Apprenticeship' Giving Pupils a Head Start
Why one school has reached out to a local firm to create an engineering programme For most people, an apprenticeship starts at 16. It begins after they leave full-time education and will often be the first step they take on the ladder to employment.But...
UTCs 'Struggling to Keep Going', Admits Founder
The government and LAs should help promote technical colleges, says Lord Baker The founder of university technical colleges (UTCs) has insisted that the model hasn't "failed" - but admitted it was a "struggle to keep them going" because of...
We're Being Forced to Hire Worse Teachers, Say Heads
New TES research shows how recruitment crisis is damaging school standards Headteachers are increasingly unhappy with the quality of applicants for teaching posts, TES research shows, as heads' leaders said schools are being forced to take...
Why PE Is No Place for a Drill Sergeant
Alex Beckey found the traditional method of repeated drilling sapped motivation by focusing on what children couldn't do, so he turned to 'ecological dynamics' - a student-led approach A lvin, an enthusiastic Year 7 boy with tight cropped...
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